Cyclone men’s golf headed to nationals

AUSTIN, Texas — The Iowa State men’s golf team was championed by Nick Voke’s record-setting round of 61 on Wednesday, and the Cyclones are headed back to the NCAA Championship for the second time in the last four years.

Voke is the first Cyclone in NCAA postseason history to shoot a 14-under 199.

“I thought a couple under would give me a chance, but as I went on with the round, the birdies kept dropping,” Voke said. “After I got the eagle on No. 14, I started feeling better. I hit a decent drive and then put a 3-iron to about 17 feet and made the putt. These days are few and far between. I knew my game was trending and this could be coming.”

The Cyclones took third with a three-day total of 845, the lowest three-day round in school history at the NCAA Austin Regional at the UT Golf Club.

The 263 Iowa State shot Wednesday was aided by Ruben Sondjaja’s 66 and Denzel Ieremia’s Tripp Kinney’s 68s. Voke posted an eagle and was part of 26 Cyclones birdies, ending up seven shots better than any other team at the tournament Wednesday.

“It was a very special round,” said ISU men’s golf head coach Andrew Tank. “[Voke] hit the ball really solid. His wedges were dialed in. he just put on a great putting display, really for the entire tournament. Today he was on fire. It was cool for him to do it on the big stage.”

Oklahoma State won the meet with an 839 and Texas was second with an 841. Five teams advance, including Mississippi (854) and Arizona State (859).

The Cyclones are one of five Big 12 advancing to the NCAAs. They’ll play the field on May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.