5 takeaways from ISU men’s golf’s second-place finish at the Badger Invitational

Mike Randleman

The ISU men’s golf team finished second at the Badger Invitational on Sept. 30. Here are five takeaways from the invite: 

1. Back-to-back champions: With a final-round 66, the lowest round of the tournament, senior Scott Fernandez surged to a one-shot victory. Fernandez’ win comes on the heels of sophomore Nick Voke’s win at the Janney VCU Shootout on Sept. 23.

2. Resiliency: Counting the Badger Invitational, Iowa State’s worst of three rounds has come in the first round in nine of its last 15 events. Known to produce final-round comebacks, the Cyclones shaved 13 shots off of Sam Houston State’s lead to climb from sixth place to second, and finished one shot off the pace.

3. Slow starters: Though Iowa State has notched seven runner-up finishes dating back to the 2013-2014 season, its slow starts have been a leading cause in its absence from earning its first win since 2011. “It’s a huge positive to finish strong, but it’s just the way we played in the first two days that’s very uncharacteristic,” said ISU coach Andrew Tank.

4. A place in the record book: Fernandez notched his third career co-medalist/medalist honors. He is tied with former Cyclones Travis Korver, Jason Knutzon and Nate McCoy for most all-time medalist honors.

5. A whirlwind season: The ISU men’s golf team only has three events during the fall portion of its schedule, compared to five last year. The Badger Invitational was the second of three events that will span a 15-day stretch. The team’s last event until the spring, the David Toms Intercollegiate, will begin on Oct. 4.