Cyclones led by Foster's 68 at NCAAs

Iowa State's Collin Foster during the first round of the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – It only took approximately 28 hours to finish the first round, but Iowa State competed in its first NCAA Championship in 61 years.

“It’s pretty cool to look back and say, 'Wow, it’s been that long,' ” head coach Andrew Tank said. “It gives you some perspective on how far along this program has come.”

Very cool indeed as the team finished with a 2-under 278 to stand in a tie for seventh as afternoon play continued.

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Playing in the fifth spot this week is redshirt sophomore Collin Foster, who paced the Cyclones with a 2-under 68 on the par-70, 6,941-yard course.

Tank said he was especially happy Foster played well as Prairie Dunes Country Club because the course “ate him up” back in 2013 when the Big 12 Championship was held here.

And it’s no fluke Foster, who hails from Waukee, Iowa, played well during the first round. He recorded his career low 68, which he tied again Saturday, at The Club at Old Hawthorne during the final round of the Columbia Regional when the team needed it most.

Not only did Foster have momentum heading to Hutchinson, the team did as well after firing an 18-under final round at the NCAA Columbia Regional to advance to the championship. The collective hot hand held up even as the team sat through eight hours, 10 minutes of rain delays Friday.

The momentum slowed down a bit on the back nine for the Cyclones, as the team played it in 5 over Saturday.

But Foster still believes the team can have a good round Sunday and put itself back toward the top of the leaderboard. He and his teammates are believing in the “underdog mentality.”

“They are hard finishing holes (Nos. 16-18),” Foster added. “But it was a fun day and we still have plenty of good mojo heading into tomorrow.”

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