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Iowa St golf teams finally reaches NCAA tournament

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm •  Published: May 19, 2014

Martens, who like Tank captained a northern school (Northwestern) to the NCAA tournament, led Iowa State to its first postseason appearance in 14 years in 2010. But Iowa State failed to advance in four consecutive NCAA regionals, and many thought this year would end with the same disappointing result.

Senior Prima Thammaraks spearheaded a breakthrough on May 10 with an even-par 72 that helped put Iowa State in the NCAA finals. It was vindication for Martens, who always believed it was possible to win at a school that's often dealing with snow well into March — at least.

"I think just to surprise some of those schools as a northern school that's seen as a contender is huge," Martens said. "People are always talking about weather, weather, weather. I think it is (big) to show them that it's really not about weather. It's about preparation. It's about peaking at the right time."

This probably won't be the last trip to the NCAA tournament for either team, thanks to a new $2 million golf-only center that ranks among the best in the country.

The facility, which opened last fall, has a spacious clubhouse and 11 greens, a pair of fairways and bunkers, rough and a water hazard for the Cyclones to practice on.

"It's going to get us a lot of attention and shine a light on the program, which we're really excited about," Tank said. "I knew the potential was here, and I knew with the right ingredients in place that Iowa State could be very successful. But it's happened a little bit quicker than I expected."