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Nate Vance stays steady in GCAA Am Series win
Nate Vance (GCAA)
Nate Vance (GCAA)

Iowa State transfer Nate Vance has yet to tee it up for the Cyclones but he has already picked up a win.

Vance found an opportunity to get some live reps in against collegiate competition at the Golf Coaches Association of America’s Amateur Series stop at Maumelle, Arkansas. The two day, 54-hole event was played in chilly but scorable conditions at Maumelle Country Club.

Vance used rounds of 72 and 68 to take a share of the lead alongside University of Tulsa women’s golfer Lorena Tseng who pulled a true 180 Saturday, posting 75-65 to hold a third of the lead.

As the trio finished the final round on Sunday, it was Vance whose steady play was rewarded with a victory.

Tseng, one of two women to finish in the top five (Lilly Thomas; Tulsa), the Golden Hurricane fell off the pace with a 3-over 45 back nine to finish at 1-under 215. A native of Taiwan, Tseng wrapped the tournament up with a second-place finish.

As for Vance, his final round was relatively stress free. Beginning his day with a birdie on No. 1, Vance tallied seven straight pars before dropping a bogey on No. 9. Even on the day and remaining four under for the tournament, Vance picked up birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 to give himself a plentiful lead with just three to play.

Luckily for Vance, the lead that was built was needed in a smaller capacity. Making bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18, Vance’s lead went from six to four as he closed out Sunday with an even-par 72 and the win.

As the fall semester comes to a close, Vance will look to take the momentum gained from the win into the spring season for the Cyclones.

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ABOUT THE GCAA Amateur Series - Maumelle

Eligibility : Tournaments are open to any male or female golfers who were on a college or university varsity golf roster during the 2019-20 school year or will be on a college or university varsity golf roster during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Entry Fee: $265 per player – Tournament registration will open approximately six weeks prior to the date of the event and will be administered by the GCAA. Entry fee will include all competitive rounds, range access during the tournament days, as well as a boxed lunch between rounds on day one of the tournament.

Format: Events will be held over two day (Saturday- Sunday) 54 holes; using either a shotgun start format or double tee start format. Both male and female golfers will be competing in one tournament using two sets of tees. Tournaments will be recognized by WAGR; points will be awarded accordingly based on the individual participants finish against other players of their gender.

Practice Rounds: Will be optional and be at the expense of participants. The GCAA will work with host venues to set up day(s) and times for individuals who would like to play in a practice round. Participants will be responsible for setting up their own practice round.

Field Size: Events will have a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 84 players.

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