McCoy whips field in nine-stroke victory


Nate McCoy is the elder statesman on the Iowa State men’s golf team. As the lone senior on a club, which counts five freshmen and two sophomores among its nine players, McCoy is the unquestioned veteran.

He’s taking that leadership role seriously and providing direction through his performance.

Last week, the West Des Moines native won the Rees Jones Invitational by a staggering nine strokes. McCoy was the only player under par on the 7,380 Haig Point Course in South Carolina. He hit an amazing 47 of 54 greens in regulation to win his second career tournament.

“Nate played unbelievable and put on a clinic,” second-year Coach Andrew Tank said. “He just ran away with it (the title).”

McCoy’s fall season has been a continuation of a terrific summer of golf. He won all four of the tournaments he played in Iowa. His victory at the Dogwood Invitational (shooting 22-under par) came against some of the nation’s best amateurs, a performance he called his “greatest golf moment.”

In June, he missed qualifying for a playoff to make the U.S. Open by one stroke. Yes, that is the same U.S. Open, which was won by Rory McIlroy.

For McCoy, his confidence just keeps growing. Hopefully, he can continue passing that confidence along to his young teammates.

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