K-State in Sixth after First Day of Rod Myers Invitational

DURHAM, N.C. – The Kansas State men’s golf team sits in sixth place following the first and second rounds of the Rod Myers Invitational on Saturday held at the par-72, 7,136-yard The Duke University Club. 

The Wildcats carded a 4-over par 292 in the first round before improving their team score by three strokes with a 1-over par 289 in the second round. K-State will enter round three at 5-over par 581, just two strokes out of the top four.

“It was a solid day for us,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “We left some shots out there, but, overall, I thought we competed very well. We are in a good position going into tomorrow.”

Kyle Weldon led the Wildcats after the first round, firing three birdies en route to a 2-under par 70. The senior jumped two spots on the leaderboard in the second round to sit in a five-way tie for fifth place at 2-under par 142.

Connor Knabe carded a 1-over par 73 in both the first and second rounds to sit in a tie for 20th at 2-over par 146. Matt Green tallied six birdies through two rounds to card a 4-over par 148 and enter Sunday’s final round in a tie for 38th.

In his first appearance for the Wildcats, sophomore transfer Oscar Spolander carded a 4-over par 76 in the first round and improved his second-round score by five strokes to card a 1-under par 71. The Sweden native holds a two-round total of 3-over par 147. 

Freshman Jeremy Gandon carded a 2-over par 74 in his first tournament round as a Wildcat and has a two-round total 7-over par 151.

Duke and Penn State paced the field in the first round at 2-under par 286. Wake Forest pulled ahead in the second round, carding a 9-under-par 279 to holds a two-round total 9-under par 567.

Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris leads after the first round at 12-under par 132. Duke’s Adam Wood is four strokes behind at 8-under par 136, while Connor Flach of Loyola-Maryland is in third at 5-under par 139. 

Live results of the Rod Myers Invitational can be found at www.golfstat.com. The third and final round will begin at 7:40 a.m. (ET) on Sunday. Final results can be found at www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available. 

Rod Myers Invitational

Durham, North Carolina

The Duke University Club

Par 72, 7,136 Yards

Team Scores: 1. Wake Forest, 288, 279--567 (-9); 2. Duke, 286, 282--568 (-8); 3. Penn State, 286, 289--575 (-1); 4. East Carolina, 292, 287--579 (+3); 5. Loyola - Maryland, 293, 287--580 (+4); 6. Kansas State, 292, 289--581 (+5); 7. Maryland, 294, 292--586 (+10); 8. Kansas, 291, 296--587 (+11); T9. Liberty, 290, 298--588 (+12); T9. UNCW, 299, 289--588 (+12); 11. UNCG, 293, 301--594 (+18); 12. Notre Dame, 301, 299--600 (+24); 13. Tulsa, 302, 305--607 (+31); 14. Davidson College, 310, 301--611 (+35).

Top Individuals: 1. Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest, 66, 66 (-12); 2. Adam Wood, Duke, 69, 67--136 (-8); 3. Connor Flach, Loyola - Maryland, 69, 70--139 (-5).


K-State Individuals: Kyle Weldon, 70, 72 (-2); Connor Knabe, 73, 73 (+2); Oscar Spolander, 71 (+3); Matt Green, 75, 73 (+4); Jeremy Gandon, 74, 77 (+7).