Back Nine at Old Waverly Hurts Cats

WEST POINT, Miss. – The back nine of the Old Waverly Golf Club was treacherous to the Kansas State men’s golf team during both rounds of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship on Monday, dropping the Wildcats to 10-over par 586 after 36 holes of play. K-State will enter the final round of play on Tuesday in a tie for fourth place, 14 shots behind the leader.

The Wildcats were scorching hot out of the gates in the first round, carding 11 birdies on the front nine and pushing the team scorecard to 11-under par as they sat on top of the leaderboard. Every member of the lineup birdied the 10th hole before succumbing to the back nine’s pressure, recording seven bogeys and four double bogeys as a team to finish out the first 18-holes at 1-under par 287.

The second round fared worse, as K-State was unable to overcome bogey struggles in the afternoon. Seventeen total bogeys paired with seven double bogeys did not stack up against just 14 birdies for the Wildcats during the second round en route to an 11-over par 299.

Junior Matt Green was again the Wildcats’ top golfer, carding a 1-under par 143 through two rounds. Green capitalized on five birdies in his 2-under 70 first round, while his double bogey on hole 16 dropped him to 1-over par for the second round to mark only his third round of over-par golf this spring. Green sits in a tie for fourth place on the individual board heading into Tuesday.

Senior Kyle Weldon jumped out to 3-under through his first nine holes, but settled for a 1-under par 71 after 18 holes. Weldon then carded a 4-over par second round to bring his first day total to 3-over par 147, good for a tie at 25th place.

Freshman Andrew Beckler strung together 13 pars during his opening round of 1-over par 73, but two double bogeys on the back nine trumped his second outing as he fell to a tie for 32nd place at 4-over par 148.

Junior Connor Knabe carded a pair of 3-over par 75s on Monday that included six total birdies and an eagle on the par-five second hole. Knabe remains in a tie for 42nd place at 6-over par 150. Rounding out the Wildcat lineup was Jeremy Gandon, who carded a 1-over par 73 through 18 holes, but three double bogeys squandered Gandon’s second round, which finished at 6-over. The freshman enters final-round play in a tie for 50th at 7-over par 151.

McNeese State holds the tournament lead by one stroke at 4-under par 572 heading into Tuesday’s final round. The Cowboys sank 17 birdies in the second round as they posted a 5-under 283 during the afternoon on Monday. On the individual board, Peter Staalbo of South Alabama holds a one-stroke lead behind his 3-under and 2-under rounds.

The final round of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship is set to begin Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. (CT). Live results can be followed on, while results will be posted at at the conclusion of the round.

Old Waverly Collegiate Championship

West Point, Miss.

Old Waverly Golf Club

Par 72, 7,088 yards

Team Scores: 1. McNeese State, 289-283--572 (-4); 2. Ole Miss, 290-283--573 (-3); 3. Lipscomb, 292-285--577 (+1); T4. Georgia State, 296-290--586 (+10); T4. Kansas State, 287-299--586 (+10); 6. South Alabama, 297-294--591 (+15); T7. Louisiana-Lafayette, 301-293--594 (+18); T7. Louisiana Monroe, 298-296--594 (+18); T7. Mississippi State, 297-297--594 (+18); 10. Southeastern Louisiana, 293-302--595 (+19); 11. Louisiana Tech, 302-294--596 (+20); 12. Cincinnati, 301-296--597 (+21); 13. West Virginia, 295-303--598 (+22); 14. Chattanooga, 303-296--599 (+23); 15. UT Arlington, 298-304--602 (+26); 16. Southern Miss, 293-310--603 (+27).

Top Individuals: 1. Peter Staalbo, South Alabama, 69-70--139 (-5); T2. Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss, 71-69--140 (-4); T2. Martin Eriksson, McNeese State, 71-69--140 (-4); T4. Matt Green, Kansas State, 70-73—143 (-1); T4. Jeff Berry, Louisiana Monroe, 72-71—143 (-1); T4. Wes Gosselin, Chattanooga, 72-71—143 (-1); T4. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb, 74-69—143 (-1); T4. Duncan McNeill, McNeese State, 73-70—143 (-1). 


K-State Individuals: T4. Matt Green, 70-73--143 (-1); T25. Kyle Weldon, 71-76--147 (+3); T32. Andrew Beckler, 73-75--148 (+4); T42. Connor Knabe, 75-75--150 (+6); T50. Jeremy Gandon, 73-78--151 (+7).