Desert Shootout – Arizona, USA

Nick had his 12th top ten finish of his college career at the Desert Shootout in Arizona and helped his team to victory.  Nick had rounds of 68, 70 and 69 and finished at 9 under.  His fellow team mates, Denzel Ieremia (NZ) and Ruben Sondjaja (AU)  finished tied for third and sixth respectively on 13 under and 11 under. 

Iowa State finished the tournament ahead of 19 other teams and eight strokes ahead of Kansas who are ranked 42nd in the country.  Iowa State jumped ahead of the field early in the competition as it carded two of the best 18-hole rounds in school history, firing rounds of 276 and 275, respectively, which stand as the fifth-best and fourth-best 18-hole rounds in school history.  ISU maintained its lead over the final 18 holes when it carded a 272 on the final 18 holes, which sits tied for second in school history.

The Desert Shootout was held on the Palms Course at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona. 

The Palms Course

Designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, Palm Valley Golf Club’s Palms Course is one of the most popular championship Phoenix Arizona golf courses. The excellent layout provides a stiff challenge for accomplished players, yet it is flexible enough for novices to enjoy.

One asset that sets Palm Valley Golf Club apart from other Phoenix Arizona golf courses is its diversity in play. The two 18-hole facilities (36 holes total) cater to the needs of any type of golfer. The Palms Course has been rated among Arizona’s best public golf courses by The Phoenix Business Journal, and the 18th hole is routinely cited by avid players as one of the best par-5s in the state. 



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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