Voke to Compete at the Asia-Pacific Amateur
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State star rookie golfer Nick Voke won’t play in the Cyclones’ final fall tournament this weekend at the Bridgestone Collegiate. That’s okay, because he has a good excuse.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Voke will be one of 120 golfers participating in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship, Oct. 24-27 at the Nanshan International Golf Club in Beijing, China.
The tournament is in its fifth season and reserved for the top amateur golfers in the Asia and Pacific regions. Players are selected by invite only according to their standings in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). Voke is one of six players from New Zealand competing. The winner earns a spot at the 2014 Masters.
Iowa State head men’s golf coach Andrew Tank won’t have the services of one of his top players this weekend, but he knows how important it is for Voke to play in the prestigious event.
“This is a great opportunity for Nick,” Tank said. “He deserves the invitation and he will get the chance to play against some of the best amateurs in the world.”
Voke is having one of the greatest freshman seasons in school history. He leads the team in stroke average (71.92) and has placed in the top-10 in three of ISU’s four fall tournaments.
He’s also excited for the challenge.
“This ranks as one of the highlights of my career to be able to play this tournament,” Voke said. “My first two months at Iowa State has prepared me for this. The new facility is fantastic and we couldn’t ask for anything better. This will be my first time going to China to play golf and it should be fun.”