Cyclones Set Sights on Big 12 Championships
AMES, Iowa -The Iowa State men's golf team heads to the 2012 Big 12 Men's Golf Championships (April 27-29) at the Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas with a little more at stake. Ranked 55th nationally by Golfweek, the Cyclones are currently just inside the bubble for their first NCAA Regional invite since 1999.
Iowa State has surprised many with its rise in the national rankings this season. The Cyclones have placed in the top-four in eight of 11 tournaments, including runner-up finishes in their last two outings. Head coach Andrew Tank is proud of his team's improvement, but he also knows the value of making the postseason.
"It would be very important for our team to make Regionals and it's one of our goals we set at the beginning of the year," Tank said. "Right now we are really focused on the Big 12 Championship. Our guys are playing their best golf of the year, so I am excited to get down to Texas and compete. If we just take care of business, then the postseason and all of the other stuff will take care of itself."
The Big 12 Championships is the regular-season finale for the Cyclones. Whispering Pines, a challenging 7,840-yard layout, which was ranked as the No. 1 course in Texas by the Dallas Morning News, is hosting the Big 12 Championships for the fourth time (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012).
Tank targeted senior Nate McCoy, junior Borja Virto, sophomore Duncan Croudis and freshmen Scott Fernandez and Sam Daley for his five to make the trip to Texas. McCoy, a native of West Des Moines, is the only member of the team who has played the course (at the 2010 Big 12 Championships). McCoy tied for 32nd with a 72-hole 298 tally.
McCoy, who is ranked 34th nationally by Golfstat, has put together one of the finest seasons in Iowa State golf history. The senior has finished in the top-10 in seven of 11 tournaments this year and his 71.36 stroke average is on pace to break the single-season Cyclone scoring mark.
McCoy is a special player and Tank has seen incredible growth from his star.
"He has had a huge impact on our program," Tank said. "He was recently named Golfweek's National Player of the Week, and that was a great honor for him. He's been our leader all year. He is our lone senior who brings a lot of experience. I really think his best golf is still ahead of him. All of the work he has put into his game is really going to pay off."
To learn more about Iowa State and the 2012 Big Championships, click on the photo above to watch a video of coach Tank.
Live scoring of the Big 12 Championships will be provided by Golfstat.