Cats Tie for 12th at Tiger Invitational

OPELIKA, Ala. – The Kansas State men’s golf team could not overcome mounting bogeys on the final day of the Tiger Invitational as the Wildcats finished in a tie for 12th place following final-round play on Tuesday at the Grand National Lake Course.

The Wildcats’ scorecard totaled 19 bogeys compared to just 16 birdies, ending the tournament with a 12-over 300. The 54-hole score of 37-over 901 placed K-State in a tie for 12th with Minnesota. 

"It was a tough week and disappointing finish. Our inexperience really showed, but it is part of the process,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “We have to continue to improve our overall skill level, but we also have to keep working to develop the attributes you must have to be a championship level program, such as being mentally tough and maintaining confidence in adverse situations. That is what we are really struggling with right now.”

K-State was paced by senior Kyle Weldon on Tuesday, who jumped out to 3-under par over the course of his first 14 holes, but fell late to a series of bogeys to finish at even-par. Weldon’s weekend ended at 9-over 225, good for a tie for 38th place. The Wildcats’ most consistent golfer was again junior Matt Green. Green triple-bogeyed his 11th hole, dropping him to 5-over par, but he would birdie his next two holes and collect one more to get back to the 2-over 74 line. Green was the Wildcats’ highest finisher on the individual board with his 3-over 219 score, earning his second consecutive top-20 finish by tying for 13th place. 

Junior Jack Rickabaugh’s tournament ended with a 4-over 76 scorecard on Tuesday. Rickabaugh played to even-par through 11 holes, but fell victim to Grand National’s front-nine to conclude his round and end his weekend in a tie for 68th at 16-over par 232. 

Sophomore Oscar Spolander rounded out the Wildcat scoring lineup in the third round by carding a 6-over par 78, while freshman Andrew Beckler’s final 18 holes included 13 pars despite finishing at 7-over par 79. Spolander’s three-day score of 19-over 235 placed him in a tie for 81st, while Beckler’s 15-over 231 tied him for 63rd. 

Tuesday’s best overall team score of 5-under 283 belonged to tournament champion Troy, which leapfrogged host Auburn for the title at 2-under par 862. The Trojans placed second to Auburn in last year’s Tiger Invitational by 28 strokes but outperformed the Tigers over the last three days by three strokes. On the individual board, UNC-Greensboro’s Taylor Coalson and Jake McGlone shared the trophy with their finishes at 3-under par 213. 

K-State’s next team action will come March 18-19, in Goodyear, Arizona, as the Wildcats will play the Desert Shootout at the Palm Valley Golf Course. 

Tiger Invitational

Opelika, Ala.

Grand National Lake Course

Par 72, 7,149 yards

Team Scores: 1. Troy, 290-289-283--862 (-2); 2. Auburn, 285-292-288--865 (+1); (+3); 3. UNC-Greensboro, 300-293-285--878 (+14); T4. Auburn (B), 299-296-284--879 (+15); T4. Kennesaw State, 291-292-296--879 (+15); 6. Georgia State, 296-299-288--883 (+19); 7. Kentucky, 294-300-298--892 (+28); 8. VCU, 295-300-300--895 (+31); 9. Ohio State, 303-305-288--896 (+32); 10. UNC-Wilmington, 303-292-303--898 (+34); 11. Mississippi State, 294-304-302--900 (+36); T12. Kansas State, 303-298-300--901 (+37); T12. Minnesota, 291-312-298--901 (+37); 14. Southeastern Louisiana, 303-305-294--902 (+38); 15. Notre Dame, 306-305-295--906 (+42); 16. Jacksonville State, 307-305-299--911 (+47); 17. South Alabama, 303-310-311--924 (+60); 18. Tulsa, 314-306-315--935 (+71).

Top Individuals: T1. Taylor Coalson, UNC-Greensboro, 76-69-68--213 (-3); T1. Jake McGlone, UNC-Greensboro, 70-73-70--213 (-3); T3. Patrick Cover, UNC-Wilmington, 70-75-69--214 (-2); T3. Michael Johnson, Auburn, 71-74-69--214 (-2); T3. Matt Gilchrest, Auburn, 68-75-72--214 (-2).


K-State Individuals: T13. Matt Green, 72-73-74--219 (+3); T38. Kyle Weldon, 77-76-72--225 (+9); T63. Andrew Beckler, 79-73-79--231 (+15); T68. Jack Rickabaugh, 75-81-76--232 (+16); T81. Oscar Spolander, 81-76-78--235 (+19).