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GOLF: Cyclones Take 25th At NCAA Championship

Updated: Monday, May 26 2014, 08:19 PM CDT
HUTCHINSON,
Kan. –The Iowa State men’s golf team shot a final-round 294 in the NCAA
Championship at the Prairie Dunes Country Club this afternoon, placing 25th
in the stroke play portion of the national tournament. The Cyclones fired
rounds of 278-299-294 for a three-round 871 tally.

The
top eight teams will advance to the match play portion of the event beginning
tomorrow.



ISU’s
final round actually began yesterday. Weather delays put a damper on the entire
tournament, as a total of 12 hours of weather suspensions was accumulated
during the week. Two of ISU’s three rounds were played on two different days.



The
multiple stops in action certainly took its toll on the field.



“With
all of the delays it really was a test in patience,” Iowa State head coach
Andrew Tank said. “More than anything, it was grueling both physically and
mentally. It was certainly less than ideal.”



“The
weather was actually perfect this morning,” Tank added. “We just made too many
mistakes. We played poorly the last two rounds. We had a few bright spots, but
overall it was not our best golf.”



Scott
Fernandez was the Cyclone leader in the final round with a 1 over 71. Fernandez
had five birdies on the day, including three in his last four holes. The
All-American finished the tournament in a tie for 82nd at 217 (70-76-71).



It
was another outstanding season for the Granada, Spain native. Fernandez ended
the year ranked in the top-100 nationally. He also recorded seven top-10
finishes and a 71.79 stroke average, the fourth-best season mark in school
history.



Junior
Sam Daley was ISU’s top finisher in the NCAA finals (T55) with rounds of
69-71-74=214. Daley raised his game to a new level in 2013-14. The runner-up
medalist at the Big 12 Championship, Daley had three top-10 finishes and posted
a 72.44 stroke average this season, the seventh-best mark in school history.



Sophomore
Collin Foster, who carded a 77 in the final round, tied for 113th at 221
(68-76-77). Foster’s opening-round 68 was the all-time Cyclone low in the NCAA
finals and his 11 birdies during the week led all Cyclones.



Freshmen
Ruben Sondjaja (73-76-75) and Jack Carter (71-79-74) both tied for 125th at
224. Sondjaja posted one of the greatest rookie seasons in school history,
netting four top-10 finishes and averaging 72.83 strokes per round, the
second-best freshman mark in school history.



Carter
gained valuable experience filling in for Nick Voke, who sat out the postseason
after breaking his collar bone. Carter equaled his career low as a Cyclone with
a 71 in the first round of the NCAA finals.



Voke
will bolster ISU’s lineup next year when he returns from his injury. Voke
recorded the best freshman scoring average in school history (72.39) and led
the team with eight sub-70 rounds.



Iowa
State, which made its first NCAA Championship appearance in 61 years, gained
national attention during the week for its outstanding season. The Cyclones
finished runner-up five times and return every player on their roster. The
future definitely looks bright for Iowa State golf



“I
think the opportunity to compete at the NCAA is going to help all of the
players get better,” Tank said. “With two juniors, a sophomore and three
freshmen experiencing this (NCAA finals), it’s only going to help them all. It
was a great way to cap off a really successful season. We are a pretty young
team. To have them get that experience is something to build on.”



Team Scores – Stroke Play

1. Stanford 281-267-279=827

2. Alabama 274-278-284=836

3. LSU 279-278-279=836

4, Oklahoma State 277-279-284=840

5, Georgia Tech 277-282-=841

6. UCLA 279-284-281=844

7, SMU 275-285-285=845

Illinois 285-280-280=845

9. South Carolina 272-292-282=846

10. Houston 284-285-279=848

11. California 279-289-282=850

Georgia 286-287-277=850

13. Texas 289-278-284=851

14. Oregon 284-297-271=852

15. Washington 279-287-287=853

16. Vanderbilt 281-285-288=854

Oklahoma 273-287-294=854

18. Kentucky 288-286-283=857

Arkansas 292-286-279=857

20. Missouri 283-289-287=859

21. UAB 282-285-295=862

22. Georgia State 285-290-288=863

23. Auburn 274-292-300=866

24. Florida State 286-301-283=870

25. Iowa State
278-299-294=871

26. Kennesaw State 294-294-284=872

27. Purdue 286-289-298=873

28. Virginia Tech 294-301-281=876

29. Texas A&M 296-288-297=881

30. USC 296-298-295=889



Iowa State Scores

T55. Sam Daley 69-71-74=214

T82. Scott Fernandez 70-76-71=217

T113. Collin Foster 68-76-77=221

T125. Ruben Sondjaja 73-76-75=224

T125. Jack Carter 71-79-74=224



Top Individuals

1. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech 71-65-68=204

Cameron Wilson, Stanford 71-63-70=204



GOLF: Cyclones Take 25th At NCAA Championship


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