AMES, Iowa – Iowa State sophomore golfer Scott Fernandez will compete in the postseason for the second consecutive season, earning an individual selection to the NCAA Ohio State Regional, May 16-18 at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Fernandez’ berth into the postseason was a mere formality, as the Cyclone star has posted one of the best seasons in school history, compiling the lowest stroke average in school history at 71.11.
A native of Granada, Spain, Fernandez is ranked 16th nationally by Golfweek and has placed in the top-10 in eight of nine tournaments he’s competed in for the Cyclones. An All-Big 12 First-Team pick and Ben Hogan Award Watch List member, Fernandez was named to the 2013 Palmer Cup European team in April.
Fernandez will be going solo this year after helping the Cyclones earn their first NCAA Regional berth as a team since 1999 a year ago.
“I am disappointed we couldn’t make it as a team, but I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my season,” Fernandez said. “This is a great opportunity for me to play against the best players in the nation.”
A total of 13 teams and 10 individuals will compete at the Ohio State Regional. In order to advance to the NCAA Championship, May 28-June 2 in Atlanta, Ga., Fernandez will have to be the top finisher among all competitors not on a team advancing.
Fernandez is trying to become the second-straight Cyclone to advance to the NCAA finals. All-American Nate McCoy did it last year, tying for 29th at the 2012 NCAA Championship at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Fernandez is the fifth Cyclone to earn an individual selection to postseason regional competition (1990-Jim Webb; 2004-Jeremy Lyons; 2008-Chris Baker; 2010-Ben Herrera).