K-State Heads to North Carolina for Fall Finale
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team will conclude its fall slate as the Wildcats compete in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, Sunday and Monday, at the par-72, 7,245-yard Grandover Resort – East Course in Greensboro, North Carolina. The trip east will mark the fourth and final team event for the Wildcats this fall season.
The event is comprised of 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday, with an 8:30 a.m. (ET) shotgun start each day.
“We are looking forward to competing this weekend in Greensboro,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “This is probably the deepest field we have played in so far and the golf course is a really good test. The key for us this week is to play smart, keep the ball in play and stay patient. You can make some birdies there, but you cannot force it.”
K-State will use a new scoring lineup for the fall finale with Jeremy Gandon, Kyle Weldon, Oscar Spolander, Matt Green and Jack Rickabaugh making the trip to North Carolina.
The Wildcats are coming off a pair of top-five team finishes in their last two events, including a second-place showing at the David Toms Intercollegiate after carding a 16-over par 880. K-State was led by Gandon, who tied for second place to earn his second straight top-two finish. The freshman from Charpey, France, tied for first at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Weldon will look to bounce back from a tie for 39th at the David Toms Intercollegiate. The senior finished tied for fifth at the season-opening Rod Myers Invitational. Spolander carded an 8-over par 224 to tie for 16th at the David Toms Intercollegiate – his second top-20 finish of the fall season – while Green is coming off of his best finish of the season after tying for fifth two weeks ago, marking his sixth-career top-five finish.
The Bridgestone Golf Collegiate will mark Rickabaugh’s first outing as a Wildcat. The junior came to K-State from Dodge City Community College where he tied for 16th at last year’s NJCAA National Championship to earn All-America honors.
In addition to K-State, the field at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate consists of the host school UNC Greensboro, Chattanooga, Davidson, Georgia State, Iowa State, Mercer, Northwestern, North Carolina, Purdue, South Alabama, VCU and Virginia Tech.
“The guys have been improving all fall and we are excited to get after it this weekend,” Robbins said.
Live scoring from Greensboro can be found at www.golfstat.com while updates from the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate will be available at www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available following each day of competition.