Golf stories are like fishing stories. They can quickly morph into the “did that really happen” category.
Men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg distinguished himself twice this summer on the golf course. He recorded a rare double eagle (holing out a 3-wood on a 555-yard par-5) at an event in Mexico in June. Hoiberg followed up that feat by recording a hole-in-one (wedge from 135 yards on Wakonda’s No. 17) at the annual Coaches vs. Cancer outing last Monday.
Iowa State junior Scott Fernandez had an interesting August. He was the lone player to participate in two of the world’s top amateur events – the European Amateur and the U.S. Amateur – over a seven-day period.
Fernandez placed third in the European event (he had an ace in the first round) at the Real Club de Golf in El Prat, Spain. After the event, the Cyclone boarded a plane and flew 3,627 miles to Brookline, Mass. for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
With no practice rounds, not much sleep and after an across-the-ocean flight, Fernandez shot a 69 in the opening round. He missed the cut by one stroke, but no one else even pulled that “double double” of the European and U.S. Amateurs. His excellence was noteworthy.
Incoming freshman women’s golfer Pimrawee “Ning” Huang capped her summer tying for medalist honors in the Ladies A-Class Open at the Dragon Hills Country Club in Thailand. The 18-year-old Huang shot 73-71. Two of her future Cyclone teammates – seniors Sasikarn On-iam (7th) and Prima Thammaraks (14th) – were in the field.
Youth was served.
In the photo above, you can see Huang (left) holding one of the runner-up trophies while her more veteran ISU teammates pose with the larger hardware. It’s all in jest among friends.
Lastly, Iowa State’s new assistant men’s golf coach Peter Laws (today is his first day on staff) qualified (shooting a 64) for the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour. He shot a pair of 74s and his opening round score was better than both Dustin Johnson and former PGA Champion Y.E. Yang. Well done, Peter.
If Hoiberg, Fernandez, Huang or Laws start spinning a tale about “the fish that got away”… you know the stories are, indeed, true.