Green Finishes in Top-20 in Final Fall Event

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Kansas State men’s golf team turned in a final-round score of 6-over par 294 Monday to finish eighth in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate at the par-72, 7,245-yard Grandover Resort – East Course. Matt Green led the Wildcats by finishing in a tie for 20th, while K-State finished the 54-hole tournament at 11-over par 875. 

“We played better today, however we just dug ourselves too deep of a hole yesterday to really move up much,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “It was a disappointing way to end the fall, but we have made some progress.”

Community-college transfer Jack Rickabaugh highlighted the day for the Wildcats as he notched a season-best round of 1-under par 71 over the final 18 holes. Rickabaugh finished his debut tournament as a Wildcat in a tie for 28th at 3-over par 219.

“I am really proud of Jack,” Robbins said. “He came in and gave us two solid rounds out of the five spot, which is encouraging. We just did not get much out of the top of the lineup this week.”

Green fired a 2-over par 74 Monday to finish with a three-round total of 1-over par 217 and record his second top-20 finish of the fall slate. 

Oscar Spolander notched back-to-back birdies on holes 6 and 7 during his final round of 2-over par 74. The junior finished the tournament in a tie for 35th at 6-over par 222. 

Freshman Jeremy Gandon and senior Kyle Weldon were one stroke behind Spolander, finishing in a tie for 41st at 7-over par 223. Gandon tallied three birdies in a 3-over par 75 final round, while Weldon also made three birdies and totaled a 4-over par 77 over the final 18 holes.

“We are much better than we were a year ago, but in order to be nationally competitive, we have a long way to go,” Robbins said. “We got a chance to play against two top-20 teams this week and saw firsthand how much better we need to get. Hopefully this week serves as motivation for each player to put in the work necessary in the offseason to improve. We have potential to be a good team, but we need everyone buying in and working to get better.”

Purdue took home the top team honor after firing a 30-under par 834, just two strokes ahead of second-place North Carolina. Purdue’s Austin Eoff went wire-to-wire to take home the individual crown, carding a 13-under par 203.

K-State will open up its spring slate at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, Feb. 22-23, at Magnolia Grove Golf Club in Mobile, Alabama.

Brigestone Golf Collegiate

Greensboro, N.C.

Grandover Resort & Conference Center

Par 72, 7,245 yards

Team Scores: 1. Purdue, 277-266-291--834 (-30); 2. North Carolina, 275-272-289--836 (-28); T3. Northwestern, 290-273-297--860 (-4); T3. UNCG, 283-282-295--860 (-4); 5. Georgia State, 293-281-292--866 (+2); 6. VCU, 293-278-298--869 (+5); 7. Virginia Tech, 290-290-293--873 (+9); 8. Kansas State, 296-285-294--875 (+11); 9. Utah, 287-289-302--878 (+14); 10. Davidson College, 300-296-300--896 (+32); T11. Mercer, 305-294-300--899 (+35); T11. Iowa State, 306-291-302--899 (+35); 13. Chattanooga, 294-299-308—901 (+37); 14. South Alabama, 311-290-308—909 (+45).

Top Individuals: 1. Austin Eoff, Purdue, 64-67-72--203 (-13); 2. Henry Do, North Carolina, 65-68-72--205 (-11); 3. Brian Carlson, Purdue, 70-65-71--206 (-10); 4. Joshua Martin, North Carolina, 70-66-71—207 (-9); 5. Taylor Coalson, UNCG, 71-71-69—211 (-5).

K-State Individuals: T20. Matt Green, 72-71-74--217 (+1); T28. Jack Rickabaugh, 76-72-71--219 (+3); T35. Oscar Spolander, 78-70-74--222 (+6); T41. Jeremy Gandon, 76-72-75--223 (+7); T41. Kyle Weldon, 72-74-77--223 (+7).