The Iowa State men’s and women’s golf teams moved into a fabulous state-of-the-art practice facility last spring.
It is an incredible complex for golfers. For prospective recruits, it’s impressive eye candy. For current Cyclones, it’s a combination training facility, study hall and team hang out.
During the interior decorating phase for the facility, Iowa State coaches Christie Martens and Andrew Tank considered lots of options and brought many ideas to the table.
There was one conversation with Tank in which he talked about having a wall to showcase team accomplishments. It sounded like a good idea.
And, in the last 2 weeks that “wall” is primed to come to life with a couple of very significant additions.
You see, Martens’ team tied for 6th at the 2014 NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. They start play in the national championship event Tuesday in Tulsa.
Tank’s squad tied for 4th at the NCAA Columbia Regional Saturday to make the NCAA Championship field for the first time since 1953. The Iowa State men begin competition Friday in Hutchinson, Kan.
The Cyclones are one of 11 schools nationally (Alabama, Cal, USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Stanford, Washington, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are the others) to advance both of their golf teams to the pinnacle event of the year.
Both teams earned a souvenir flag after advancing through their respective regionals.
When they get home in a couple of weeks, I suspect those framed flags will be prominently displayed on the “wall”.