Bridgestone Golf Collegiate – North Carolina, USA

Nick played in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate at the end of October on the Grandover Resort East Course in Greensboro, North Carolina.  This was the last Iowa State University (ISU) team tournament for the 2016 fall season and they went out in style finishing runner up in their second straight tournament with a 54 hole 838 tally (287-272-279).  ISU’s 838 ties for the fourth-lowest score in school history.  In doing so they defeated three teams ranked in Golfstat’s top 40 (Northwestern, Liberty, Purdue).

Nick had rounds of 76, 72 and 65 and tied for 23rd out of 84 individuals.  Nick, who missed the last two tournaments, fired a scorching final round of 65 that was blemish free. It ties for the lowest 18-hole round of his great career.  

See the article below summarising ISU’s fall achievements. 

History of the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate 

The Bridgestone Golf Collegiate is in its 12th year in 2016 and is bigger and better than ever at the Grandover Resort East Course for the fifth straight year. 

After serving as a spring tournament in 2005 and 2006, the tournament moved to October in 2007, serving for many teams as the final stop on their fall schedule. Each year, the tournament field seems to grow stronger. In 2010, the field featured five teams ranked in the top 50 by both Golfstat and Golfweek’s Sagarin ratings. The year prior, Louisville, Mississippi State, Duke, Michigan State, Memphis, Michigan and Pepperdine played in the tournament – all of which advanced to the NCAA tournament in the spring of 2008.

The Grandover Resort Golf Courses were designed by world renowned golf architects David Graham and Gary Panks and built amidst 1,500 acres of oaks, pine and dogwood covered hills, the courses provide a blaze of color and assure golfers they are in the Carolinas, America’s heartland of golf. 

Cyclones End Fall Season in the Top 50

Article from Iowa State University Men’s Golf Website – 10th November 2016

The Iowa State men’s golf team concluded fall competition on Oct. 31, finishing 50th in the final Golfweek fall rankings.
The Cyclones had an outstanding fall, winning one tournament title (Badger Invitational) and finishing runner-up twice (Pinetree Intercollegiate and Bridgestone Collegiate).

The tournament title at the Badger Invitational was Iowa State’s 37th championship in school history, dating back to 1969. The Cyclones won by 10 strokes (852), led by Denzel Ieremia and Nick Voke, who both placed in the top 10.

The Cyclones’ best performance, however, came at the Bridgestone Collegiate where the team fired its fourth-best 54-hole total in school history (838). It included a second-round 272, which is the second-lowest 18-hole mark in school history, two strokes behind the 2014 performance at the NCAA Regional tournament.

Ieremia had a phenomenal fall season for the Cyclones, leading the team in stroke average (70.00) while placing in the top-10 in three of the four tournaments, including his first career tournament title at the Pinetree Invitational. He is currently ranked 64th nationally in the Golfweek individual rankings.

Senior Ruben Sondjaja also had a strong fall campaign with a 70.27 stroke average and two top-10 finishes. He finished runner-up at the Bridgestone Collegiate with a 205, tying his lowest career 54-hole total. Sondjaja finished with five a team-high five sub-70 rounds and is currently ranked 92nd nationally by Golfweek.

Voke missed two tournaments in the fall, but the senior still proved to be the one of the Cyclone leaders. He fired a blistering 65 in the final round of the Bridgestone Collegiate, tying for the best Cyclone round of the season and second-best in school history. He has 15 career top-10 finishes, tying for third in school history, and a career 72.04 stroke average, which is on pace to break the school record.

Freshmen Tripp Kinney and Sam Vincent made immediate impacts with stroke averages of 72.82 and 75.64, respectively. Both played in every tournament and Kinney placed in the top-20 in three out of the four outings.

Iowa State will return to action on the links on January 23rd at the Arizona Intercollegiate.

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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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