McCoy First, Cyclones Second at Hawkeye Invite
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa State men's golf team finished second at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational in Iowa City this afternoon, as the Cyclones shot an 842 tally, tying for the second-best 54-hole score in school history.
Iowa State was in a heated two-team race with tournament-host Iowa, as the Hawkeyes edged ISU by just two shots (840). The next closest team was Penn State, which finished third at 870, 28 strokes behind ISU. Iowa State made a late run, firing a final-round tournament-low 280 this afternoon.
"I am very satisfied with our performance," Iowa State head coach Andrew Tank said. "We had solid play all around and put ourselves in contention. It was the second tournament in a row where we had the low in the final round. This should give us momentum heading into the Big 12 Championships."
Iowa State had three players finish in the top-10, but the tournament belonged to senior Nate McCoy. McCoy won his third career tournament title in record-setting fashion, firing a 14-under 202 total with rounds of 68-65-69. McCoy, who won medalist honors by six shots over Iowa's Chris Brant, broke two school records during the weekend. His second-round 65 marked the first time in school history where a Cyclone shot 7-under in 18 holes. He also broke the school's 54-hole scoring mark with his 202, eclipsing the old mark set by Joe Cermak at the 2006 Pioneer Classic.
"I felt really confident in my swing this week," McCoy said. "This was the first trip this spring where I felt everything was grooved."
It was McCoy's seventh top-10 finish in 11 starts this year. The West Des Moines, Iowa native has played in five tournaments in the state of Iowa since 2011, winning all five: IGA Four-Ball, US. Open local qualifier, Iowa Masters, Herman Sani Invite and Hawkeye Invitational.
"Awesome stuff from Nate this weekend," Tank added. "I am so happy for him. This is something he deserves for all the talent he has and the time he puts in working on his game."
Scott Fernandez and Borja Virto aided the Cyclone effort with a pair of top-10 finishes. Fernandez tied for fifth at 211, firing rounds of 70-70-71 en route to his fourth consecutive top-10 finish. Fernandez has six top-10s on the year. Virto finished in ninth place by scoring a trio of 71s (213). Sam Daley tied for 11th at 218, tallying his second sub-70 round of the season with a 69 this afternoon.
Next up for the Cyclones is the Big 12 Championships, April 27-29 in Houston, Texas.
1. Iowa 282-274-284=840
2. Iowa State 283-279-280=842
3. Penn State 284-288-298=870
4. Charlotte 288-294-292=874
5. Washington State 293-285-300=878
6. Minnesota 293-286-299=884
7. UMKC 299-289-297=885
8. Michigan State 297-294-294=886
9. Wisconsin 302-288-298=888
10. Nebraska 292-291-306=889
11. Miami (Ohio) 294-303-298=895
Iowa State Scores
1. Nate McCoy 68-65-69=202
T5. Scott Fernandez 70-70-71=211
9. Borja Virto 71-71-71=213
T11. Sam Daley 74-73-69=216
T46. Blake Waller 77-76-75=228
1. Nate McCoy, Iowa State 68-65-69=202
2. Chris Brant, Iowa 69-66-73=208
3. Korbin Kuehn, UMKC 72-69-68=209