Green Leads Wildcats at Tiger Invitational

OPELIKA, Ala. – Kansas State men’s golf junior Matt Green rallied for a 2-under par finish on the back nine at the Grand National Lake Course to pace the Wildcats during Sunday’s opening round of the Tiger Invitational.


Green ended the day in a tie for 12th place with his even-par round, which featured birdies on the first hole and three consecutive on the back stretch. As a team, the Wildcats are tied for 11th place after recording a 15-over 330 with 36-holes still to play. 


"We played very poorly today, there is no other way to put it,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “Matt [Green] had a solid round, but we did not get much from the rest of the lineup.” 


“Fortunately, we have two more rounds left and an opportunity to bounce back. I expect our guys to respond and play well the rest of the way."


Junior Jack Rickabaugh had the second-best day among the K-State golfers, stringing together six consecutive pars on the front nine. However, Rickabaugh would bogey four holes and birdie just one to enter the clubhouse in a tie for 38th at 3-over par. 


K-State’s lone senior, Kyle Weldon, fell behind to 4-over after the first nine holes. Weldon bounced back to 2-over with two holes to play, but finished out the round in a tie for 56th with a 5-over 77.


Freshman Andrew Beckler carded a 7-over par 79 - which featured 11 pars - while sophomore Oscar Spolander went out with a 6-over front nine and in with a 3-over back nine to finish at 9-over par 81. 


Auburn, the tournament’s host, sits on top of the 18-team field after putting together a 3-under scorecard of 285. The Tigers were bolstered by the overall leader, Matt Gilchrest, who grabbed six birdies in his round for a 4-under 68. 


The second round of the Tiger Invitational is set to begin Monday morning at 7:45 a.m. (CT). Live results can be followed on www.golfstat.com, while results will be posted at www.k-statesports.com at the conclusion of the round.



Tiger Invitational

Opelika, Ala.

Grand National Lake Course

Par 72, 7,149 yards


Team Scores: 1. Auburn, 285 (-3); 2. Troy, 290 (+2); T3. Kennesaw State, 291 (+3); T3. Minnesota, 291 (+3); T5. Kentucky, 294 (+6); T6. Mississippi State, 294 (+6); 7. VCU, 295 (+7); 8. Georgia State, 296 (+8); 9. Auburn (B), 299 (+11); 10. UNC-Greensboro, 302 (+14); T11. UNC-Wilmington, 303 (+15); T11. Southeastern Louisiana, 303 (+15); T11. Kansas State, 303 (+15); T11. South Alabama, 303 (+15); T11. Ohio State, 303 (+15); 16. Notre Dame, 306 (+18); 17. Jacksonville State, 307 (+19); 18. Tulsa, 314 (+26).


Top Individuals: 1. Matt Gilchrest, Auburn, 68 (-4); T2. Patrick Cover, UNC-Wilmington, 70 (-2); T2. Pablo Rodriguez-Tabernero, Kennesaw State, 70 (-2); T2. Ross Bell, Mississippi State, 70 (-2); T2. Jack McGlone, UNC-Greensboro, 70 (-2).

 

K-State Individuals: T12. Matt Green, 72 (E); T38. Jack Rickabaugh, 75 (+3); T56. Kyle Weldon, 77 (+5); T75. Andrew Beckler, 79 (+7); T86. Oscar Spolander, 81 (+9).