Cats Tied For Second Heading Into Sunday

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Backed by two players in the top-five, the Kansas State men’s golf team is tied for second place at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate after 36 holes of play on Saturday at Finkbine Golf Course. The Wildcats will enter the final round Sunday four strokes behind tournament leader Kansas at 1-over par 577.

K-State’s sluggish start wore off by the middle of the first round of play as the Wildcats climbed the leaderboard to a tie for third at 3-under par 285 behind a pair of 2-under par rounds from freshmen Jeremy Gandon and Andrew Beckler. The team scorecard reached 6-under in the early goings of the second round, but a late string of bogeys forced K-State to settle for a 4-over par 292 for its second round on the course.

“Overall, it was a good day for us. We played really well in the morning,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “However, we kind of ran out of gas toward the end of the second round. We made some mistakes there down the stretch which I think can be attributed to the mental fatigue of playing 36 holes. However, we are within four shots of the lead, so tomorrow is going to be fun. It will be a great experience for our young guys. I know they are looking forward to the challenge.”

The Wildcats’ top performance on Saturday came from senior Kyle Weldon, who matched his first round 1-under par 71 with a 3-under par 69 in his second going. Weldon shot 8-under par on the course’s four par-5 holes throughout the day, including two eagles on par-5s in his second round. He enters Sunday’s final round in a tie for third place at 4-under par 140.

Freshman Jeremy Gandon is the other Wildcat in the top-five as his 2-under par 142 through the first two rounds has him tied for fifth place. The Charpey, France, native worked his way to 3-under after 11 holes of play – including an eagle on the par-5 11th hole – but he fell back to 2-under 70 after 18 holes. Four birdies and four bogeys, two of which came on his final two holes, made up Gandon’s second round of play, as he put together his first set of consecutive rounds of even-par or better golf this spring.

Tied for 22nd sits freshman Andrew Beckler, whose first round 2-under par 70 matched his best scorecard of the spring season. Beckler’s bogey-laden second round added up to seven total, but a birdie on his final hole brought him back to 5-over par 77.

K-State’s number five golfer, Jack Rickabaugh, found 14 pars in his first round 4-over par 76. Rickabaugh’s string of three consecutive birdies in his second 18 helped him play to just 2-over for the round and 6-over par 150 for the weekend. For Matt Green, the Wildcats’ top golfer throughout the spring, the bogeys mounted in the second round. Green carded five birdies in his first round that finished at 2-over par, but eight second-round bogeys compared to just two birdies doomed the junior’s day, dropping him to 8-over par 152 and a tie for 54th place.

Kansas is the tournament leader after day one with its 3-under par 573 scorecard. The Jayhawks’ first round 6-under par 282 helped them hold the lead throughout much of Saturday as they worked the leaderboard up to 11-under par, but the margin sits at four strokes over K-State and Iowa State heading into Sunday. UMKC’s Francois Lagraulet is atop the individual board behind his 5-under first round that was highlighted by four birdies and an eagle. Lagraulet holds a one-stroke advantage over second place at 6-under par 138.

The final round of the Hawkeye Intercollegiate is set to begin Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. Live results can be followed on, while results will be posted at at the conclusion of the round.

Hawkeye Intercollegiate

Iowa City, Iowa 

Finkbine Golf Course

Par 72, 7,239 yards

Team Scores: 1. Kansas, 282-291--573 (-3); T2. Kansas State, 285-292--577 (+1); T2. Iowa State, 287-290--577 (+1); 4. Iowa, 290-288—578 (+2); 5. SMU, 292-287--579 (+3); T6. Idaho, 295-293--588 (+12); T6. DePaul, 292-296--588 (+12); T6. UMKC, 283-305--588 (+12); 9. South Alabama, 289-304--593 (+17); 10. Nebraska, 292-302--594 (+18); 11. Wichita State, 295-300--595 (+19); 12. Minnesota, 307-290--597 (+21); 13. Denver, 305-296--601 (+25); 14. South Dakota State, 301-305--606 (+30). 

Top Individuals: 1. Francois Lagraulet, UMKC, 67-71--138 (-6); 2. Nate Yankovich, Iowa, 68-71--139 (-5); T3. Ruben Sondjaja, Iowa State, 70-70--140 (-4); T3. Kyle Weldon, Kansas State, 71-69—140 (-4); T5. Jeremy Gandon, Kansas State, 70-72—142 (-2); T5. Chase Hanna, Kansas, 69-73—142 (-2); T5. Jon Du Toit, Minnesota, 71-71—142 (-2); T5. Austin Smotherman, SMU, 69-73—142 (-2). 


K-State Individuals: T3. Kyle Weldon, Kansas State, 71-69—140 (-4); T5. Jeremy Gandon, Kansas State, 70-72—142 (-2); T22. Andrew Beckler, 70-77--147 (+3); T42. Jack Rickabaugh, 76-74--150 (+6); T54. Matt Green, 74-78--152 (+8).