Beckler in Top-10 at Bill Ross Intercollegiate

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Kansas State freshman men’s golfer Andrew Beckler is tied for ninth place at 2-over par 146 after the first and second rounds of the Bill Ross Intercollegiate at the par-72, 7,054 yards Milburn Golf & Country Club.

Playing in his first tournament, Beckler is one of three players the Wildcats sent to the event to play solely as individuals.

“This tournament is a good opportunity to get some guys on our team some extra rounds in,” K-State assistant coach Cullen Carstens said. “I thought Andrew did a great job of battling all day and was able to get a good score in the second round despite not hitting his best.”

Beckler carded a 4-over par 76 in his debut round as a Wildcat, firing back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6. The Topeka native bookended his second round with birdies, totaling five on the day and a 2-under par 70. 

Just four strokes behind Beckler, freshman Roland Massimino is tied for 24th at 6-over par 148. He tallied three birdies in the first round on his way to a 2-over par 74 and notched four birdies in the second round for a 4-over par 76.

Junior Hank Simpson recorded a two-round total 14-over par 158 enter final-round play in a tie for 59th.

“I thought Roland did a good job of bouncing back in the afternoon as well after a rough third hole,” Carstens said. “We are looking forward to getting back after it tomorrow.”

Grant Bennett of Wichita State is atop the individual leaderboard at 6-under par 138. The Shockers lead the team competition at 9-over par 585, two strokes ahead of Gonzaga.

Live results of the Bill Ross Intercollegiate can be found at www.golfstat.com. The third and final round will begin with an 8:30 a.m. (CT) shotgun start on Tuesday. Final results can be found at www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available. 

Bill Ross Intercollegiate

Overland Park, Kansas

Milburn Golf & Country Club

Par 72, 7,054 Yards

Top Individuals: 1. Grant Bennett, Wichita State, 69, 69--138 (-6); 2. Sean Walsh, Gonzaga, 69, 70--139 (-5); T3. Francois Lagraulet, Missouri – Kansas City, 70, 72--142 (-2); T3. Joey Johnson, Missouir State, 72, 70—142 (-2); T5. Cameron Wiltse, Missouri – Kansas City, 70, 73—143 (-1); T5. Brenden Bone, Air Force, 72, 71—143 (-1).

K-State Individuals: T9. Andrew Beckler, 76, 70--146 (+2); T24. Roland Massimino, 74, 76--150 (+6); T59. Hank Simpson, 78-80--158 (+14).