Men's fall countdown: No. 29 Iowa State
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Next up on our men's 2014 fall countdown, No. 29 Iowa State:
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Lance Ringler, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season. Our staff of Andy Zunz, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine are writing the individual profiles of the teams.
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Iowa State Cyclones
Preseason rank: 29
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 42
2013-14 in review: Last year was one for the record books in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones shot an 18-hole school record (270) in the final round of the Columbia Regional, tying for fourth and advancing to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1953. Throw in its best showing at the Big 12 Championship since 1997 (fourth) and an individual single-round school record (Ruben Sondjaja’s 64 at the Thunderbord Invite) and it was simply a historic season.
Notable departures: None
Key returnees: All five starters from 2013-14 and Nick Voke, who missed much of the postseason with an injury
Newcomers of note: None
Circled on the fall calendar: VCU Shootout, Sept. 22-23, Hermitage CC, Manakin Sabot, Va.
Fall outlook: The 2013-14 season was historic, for sure, but head coach Andrew Tank is ready for his team to repeat history. The team brings back all of its key pieces, most notably seniors Scott Fernandez and Sam Daley, who went Nos. 1 and 2 in terms of scoring average and top 10s last year, respectively. Two of the Cyclones’ key contributors were rookies a year ago (Sondjaja and Nick Voke). Add an extra year of experience for those two and the leadership of three key fourth-year guys, and Iowa State could break some more records this season.
Coach's perspective: “We return all five starters from a team that elevated our program to the national stage last year. We’re excited to embrace the challenges of higher expectations and to keep moving the program forward.” – Tank