The 2015 / 2016 College season in the USA is underway with Nick going into his Junior year (third year) at Iowa State University. The Cyclones Men’s Golf Team are in good form and looking forward to a succesful and progressive season.
Below is Nick’s schedule for the upcoming season which includes his College events as well as some personal events. Nick has been selected in the NZ Amateur Golf Team to contest the Asia Pacific Cup in early October in Hong Kong as well as the Nomura Cup in Abu Dhabi in late October.
13-14 September – Gopher Invitational, Minnesota (Old Waverly Golf Club)
21-22 September – Virginia Commonwealth Shootout, Virginia ( Hermitage Golf Club)
1-4 October – Asia Pacific Amateur Championship, Hong Kong (The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club)
10-11 October – David Toms Intercollegiate, Louisiana (The University Club @ LSU)
22-25 October – Nomura Cup, Abu Dhabi (Yas links)
6-9 January – Australian Master of the Amateurs, Melbourne (Royal Melbourne)
29-30 January – Arizona Intercollegiate, Arizona (Sewailo Golf Club)
15-17 February – The Prestige @ PGA West, Palm Springs (PGA West)
28-1 March – National Invitational Tournament, Arizona (Tucson National)
13-14 March – General Hackler, North Carolina (The Dunes Golf and Beach club)
18-19 March – Desert Shootout, Arizona (Palm Valley Golf Club)
2-3 April – ASU Thunderbird, Arizona (ASU Karsten)
16-17 April – Hawkeye Invitational, Iowa (Finkbine Golf)
29-1 May – Big 12 Championships, Texas (Whispering Pines Golf Course)
16-18 May – NCAA Regionals (TBC)
28-3 June – NCAA National Championships (TBC)
In order to select the travelling team for the first of the College events the team played five qualifying rounds at The Harvester Golf Club which is one of the Cyclones home golf courses. Nick played very well in these qualifying rounds finishing in the top position six shots ahead of his Junior team mate, Ruben Sondjaja with rounds of 72, 69, 72, 65 and 76. The Harvester Golf Club was opened in 2000 and designed by Keith Foster. It is privately owned by Dickson Jensen who also had the impressive practice facility built that both the Iowa State University’s mens and womens team use.
Below is an excerpt from the cyclones.com website in relation to the upcoming season:
Men’s Golf Season Preview
“The Iowa State men’s golf team has high expectations for the 2015-16 season following three NCAA Regional appearances in the last four years. The Cyclones recorded their second-straight upper-half finish in the challenging Big 12 Conference a year ago, ending the 2014-15 campaign ranked 40th by Golfweek and 43rd by Golfstat.
Despite losing two of its top golfers in school history in Scott Fernandez and Sam Daley, head coach Andrew Tank remains confident in this year’s squad and their level of talent and leadership.
“I feel good about the direction we’ve gone and the improvement the program has made the last few years,” Tank said. “I’m excited to see what this year’s team can accomplish and we certainly want to get back not only to regionals but to the NCAA Championship again.”
Taking advantage of the leadership and talent the Cyclones return is what Tank will lean on this season. Iowa State will rely on its three returning upperclassmen Collin Foster (senior), Nick Voke (junior) and Ruben Sondjaja (junior) to lead the young Cyclone team.
“With Nick and Ruben returning there are definitely leadership opportunities for them and they’re definitely embracing that; along with Collin Foster too,” Tank said. “Those three guys have played the majority of all of the tournaments the last two years, so they have a lot of experience and they’re definitely excited to be leaders now that Sam and Scott are gone.”
Voke is coming off a prosperous 2014-15 season. Voke was named on to the Big 12 All-Tournament team after tying for 10th with a score of 70-73-74-73 (290) at the Big 12 Championship. He was second on the team with a stroke average of 72.41 and was ranked 137th nationally in the final Golfstat ratings. He had four top-10 finishes, including two medalist titles.”
Below is a link to an article written in the Iowa State Daily which is the Student newspaper of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
The 2015 / 2016 Cyclones Mens Golf Team Left to right – Assistant Coach Chad Keohane, Conner Koburg, Jon Hudson, Collin Foster, Nick Voke, Jack Carter, Ruben Sondjaja, Jorge Utrilla, Coach Andrew Tank