Scott Fernandez debuted new golf clubs at the 2015 National Invitation Tournament in Arizona last week.
And, the result was a stunning seven-shot victory.
It was Fernandez’ fourth collegiate title, an Iowa State record. Earlier this season, the native of Spain won the Wisconsin Invitational to equal the school’s career win record jointly held by Nate McCoy, Jason Knutzon, Jeremy Lyons and Travis Korver.
The difference in this victory was the margin. Fernandez’ other three college wins were nail-biters.
Fernandez recorded 16 biridies on the way to posting scores of 70-66-69 at Tucson National.
His biridies came in flurries. The senior birdied his opening five holes (10-14) in round two. And, in the final 18, he extended a two-stoke lead by recording four consecutive biridies (holes 5-8).
The birdie barrage was helped by his excellent play off the tee with his new driver.
“Scott drove the ball beautifully all week,” Head Coach Andrew Tank said. “He was able to put the ball in positions to be aggressive and hit wedges well to give him a lot of birdie attempts.”
Better keep those new sticks in the bag. Hopefully, that can be a catalyst for even more titles.