Green Ties for Fourth, K-State Places Fifth in Mississippi

WEST POINT, Miss. – Kansas State men’s golf junior Matt Green earned his first top-five finish of the spring as he led the Wildcats to a fifth-place finish at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship on Tuesday. K-State carded a 9-over par 297 during the final round to bring its 54-hole score to 19-over par 883. 

Green was forced to settle for bogey on his final hole Tuesday, moving him back to 1-over par 73 for the day. His composite score of even-par 216 for the weekend tied him for fourth place, the first time Green has been in the top five of a competition since tying for fifth place at the David Toms Intercollegiate this past October.

“I'm really proud of Matt. He was very solid again this week, as he has been all spring,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “Overall, I thought there were some things we could build on going forward. The guys competed well, and we did a better job of avoiding the big numbers, which had plagued us on Monday.”

The Wildcats managed only two double bogeys as a team throughout the final round compared to six during Monday’s first round followed by seven in the second.

Freshman Andrew Beckler was one that avoided big numbers on Tuesday, posting a 2-over 74 in his final round. Beckler’s 54-hole score of 6-over par 222 tied him for 22nd place, his best finish this spring as part of the Wildcat lineup.

Joining Beckler on the 2-over line during the final round was fellow freshman Jeremy Gandon. Gandon moved his way to 3-under through 12 holes on Tuesday, but he ended his round with consecutive bogeys followed by a double bogey to slip to a 74. His weekend score of 9-over 225 placed him in a tie for 37th.

Despite bogeying three holes on the course’s front nine, junior Connor Knabe had the Wildcats’ most consistent final round as he knocked in 14 pars. His Tuesday score of 4-over 76 moved him to 10-over par 226 for the tournament and tied for 41st place.

Senior Kyle Weldon’s final round of 5-over par 77 brought his weekend total to 8-over par 224. Despite recording only one birdie on Tuesday, Weldon still held the third-best score for K-State on the individual board as he tied for 28th place.

The tournament title went to McNeese State as the Cowboys’ score of 6-over par 294 on Tuesday was enough to claim the trophy. McNeese State’s 54-hole score of 2-over par 866 bested second-place Ole Miss by six strokes. However, the individual trophy went to Ole Miss’ Braden Thornberry, whose final round 3-under 69 pushed him to 7-under par 209 for the weekend as he claimed a three-stroke victory.

The Wildcats’ next action as a team will come April 16-17, as they head north to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Hawkeye Intercollegiate. K-State will also send two individuals to the Oral Roberts Shootout on April 11-12.

Old Waverly Collegiate Championship

West Point, Miss.

Old Waverly Golf Club

Par 72, 7,088 yards

Team Scores: 1. McNeese State, 289-283-294--866 (+2); 2. Ole Miss, 290-283-299--872 (+8); 3. Lipscomb, 292-285-298--875 (+10); 4. Georgia State, 296-290-294--880 (+16); 5. Kansas State, 287-299-297--883 (+19); 6. Southeastern Louisiana, 293-302-294--889 (+25); 7. Mississippi State, 297-297-297--891 (+27); 8. Louisiana Tech, 302-294-298--894 (+30); 9. Louisiana-Lafayette, 301-293-302--896 (+32); 10. Cincinnati, 301-296-301--898 (+34); 11. South Alabama, 297-294-312-- (+39); 12. Southern Miss, 293-310-302--905 (+41); 13. Chattanooga, 303-296-308--907 (+43); 14. West Virginia, 295-303-314--912 (+48); T15. Louisiana Monroe, 298-296-319--913 (+49); T15. UT Arlington, 298-304-311--913 (+49).

Top Individuals: 1. Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss, 71-69-69--209 (-7); 2. Duncan McNeill, McNeese State, 73-70-69--212 (-4); 3. Peter Staalbo, South Alabama, 69-70-75--214 (-2); T4. Matt Green, Kansas State, 70-73-73--216 (E); T4. Martin Eriksson, McNeese State, 71-69-76--216 (E); T4. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb, 74-69-73--216 (E); T4. Noah West, Ole Miss, 73-71-72--216 (E).


K-State Individuals: T4. Matt Green, 70-73-73--216 (E); T22. Andrew Beckler, 73-75-74--222 (+6); T28. Kyle Weldon, 71-76-77--224 (+8); T37. Jeremy Gandon, 73-78-74--225 (+9); T41. Connor Knabe, 75-75-76--226 (+10).