K-State Looks to Continue Momentum in Alabama

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team will travel to Opelika, Alabama, to play in the 2016 Tiger Invitational, Sunday through Tuesday at the Grand National Lake Course. The Wildcats’ are among the first groups to tee off on Sunday at 7:45 a.m., CT with Monday and Tuesday’s rounds also set to begin at 7:45 a.m.

The Wildcats seek to improve on their 2015 performance in this event, when they tied for fifth with an overall score of 17-over 881. The par-72, 7,149-yard Grand National Lake Course is also adapted to host a yearly PGA Tour event, the Barbasol Championship, in mid-July.

“Grand National is a course that not only requires you to keep the ball in play, but you also have to be very precise on the approach shots as the greens can be very difficult,” said head coach Grant Robbins.

“Par goes a long way on this course, so we need to have a good game plan and stay patient.”

For the first time this year, the Wildcats’ scoring lineup will feature Kyle Weldon, Matt Green, Andrew Beckler, Oscar Spolander and Jack Rickabaugh.

Green and Rickabaugh will look to top their tied-for-12th place finishes from the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, where both recorded 2-under scores for the weekend. Weldon will play his team-leading sixth event of the year in hopes of posting his second consecutive top-20 finish, while Beckler is coming off an even-par and 2-under set of rounds at Mobile Bay. Spolander is the lone addition to the lineup, having played the USA Individual Tournament two weekends ago, where he finished in a tie for 18th place.

The nation’s No. 4 ranked team, Auburn, will host and look to defend its 2015 title, which it won by 28 strokes. Joining K-State and the Tigers will be Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southeast Louisiana, South Alabama, Troy, Tulsa, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, VCU and Auburn’s B-team. 

Live scoring from Grand National can be found at www.golfstat.com, while updates from the Tiger Invitational will be available at www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available following each day of competition.