National Invitational Tournament – Arizona, USA

Nick finished tied for first in the National Invitational Tournament held on the Catalina course at OMNI Tucson National between the 28th February and the 1st March.  Nick had rounds of 68, 65 and 72 to tie with New Mexico’s Gustavo Morantes.

The victory was Nick’s third of his outstanding career, tying him for second all-time in career victories at Iowa State.  Scott Fernandez owns the school record with four medalist titles from 2012 to 2015.

Nick’s 11-under 205 total tied his career low and also tied for the fourth lowest 54-hole score in school history. Nick now has three top-10 finishes this season and 11 in his career. His 7-under 65 in the second round tied for the lowest 18-hole score in school history in relation to par. Only four Cyclones have carded a 7-under 18-hole round. Nick is the only Cyclone to accomplish the feat twice.

The Cyclones as a team finished the tournament in eighth place out of fourteen teams. 

    

    
   
Omni Tucson National – Catalinas Course

The Catalinas Course is a parkland style course with 8 lakes and 80 bunkers.  It was selected as one of Golf Digest’s “75 best golf resorts in North America”.  It has hosted over 30 PGA Tour events and is the annual host of the National Invitational Tournament.  The 18th hole is considered to be one of the finest and most challenging finishing holes on the PGA Tour.  The course was designed by Robert Van Hagge and Bruce Devlin. 

The Catalina Course first hosted the PGA Tuscon Open in 1965 when NZ’s very own Sir Bob Charles won the tournament.  They hosted 30 such events up to 2006 and as you can see from the plaque below many of the great names in golf have had success on this course.  

    

   

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About SUNGRL

This blog was originally set up to share our 9 month adventure around Europe and the USA with friends and family in 2014. On returning to NZ in January 2015 I decided to carry it on so I could continue to share any future travel adventures - it has become my electronic travel diary. I hope you enjoy and get inspired to visit some of the wonderful places we have visited.
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