The Cyclones, seeded 10th among the 13 teams in the event at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, finished the first round in first place with a team total of 10-under-par 278. That’s three shots ahead of second-place Kansas. Senior Denzel Ieremia paced ISU with a 4-under 68.
LSU, the No. 1 seeded team in the field, is in 10th-place at 5-over.
The 54-hole event continues with rounds Tuesday and Wednesday. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., May 24-30. Iowa State is 11 shots ahead of sixth-place Oregon.
Cyclone freshman Frank Lindwall of Cedar Rapids Washington shot a 70 to rank third on his team and tied for 13th overall. That came on the heels of him winning a sudden-death playoff last Tuesday at a U.S. Open local qualifier in Hudson, Wis., to advance to a June 4 sectional qualifier.
Lindwall won a four-man playoff on the third hole after tying for fifth place with an even-par 71.
Meanwhile, Sean McCarty advanced from Monday’s Open local qualifier at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines with a 4-under 67, the lowest score in the field of 67.
McCarty qualified for sectionals two years ago and said afterward “it’s got to be six times” he had done so. Now it’s got be seven.
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The 45-year-old head pro at Coralville’s Brown Deer Golf Club will proceed to a sectional in the Columbus, Ohio, area. He played in the 2003 Open as a sectional qualifier.
The other qualifiers at Glen Oaks were amateur Dennis Bull of Norwalk (68), Drake 2018 recruit Lucas Scherff of Grinnell High School (69) and Zach Steffen of Des Moines (69).
In yet more golf news, former University of Iowa player Steven Ihm of Peosta shot a 67 at Gentle Creek Country Club in Prosper, Texas, and survived a four-for-two playoff to Monday-qualify into this week’s PGA Tour AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.
Current Hawkeye Alex Schaake, competing at the NCAA regional in Columbus, Ohio, as an individual, had a first-round 73 Monday.
The sophomore from Omaha, Neb., is tied with Michigan’s Kyle Mueller for the lowest round by an individual not competing with a team, and is three strokes back of Texas Tech’s Hurly Long for a berth in the NCAA Championships. The top individual not among the top five teams in each regional advances to the NCAA Championships.