K-State’s Top 54-Hole Score Propels Cats to Eighth Place Finish

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – All five members of the Kansas State men’s golf team carded under-par scores in Saturday’s final round of the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Arizona, to help the Wildcats secure an eighth place finish.


K-State tied its top team round versus par of the spring season with a 7-under 281. The Wildcats’ 54-hole score of 15-under par 849 marked both the best team round versus par and best overall gross score since the team’s 23-under par 841 at the Desert Shootout on March 21, 2014.


“We had all five guys under-par today, but nobody was able to go low and that hurts when the course is playing as easy as it was,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “We just have to keep improving. We have to get much better at controlling distances with wedges, converting routine up-and-downs and learning how to score when you aren't playing your best.”


The Wildcats had three golfers post 2-under rounds on Saturday, including junior Matt Green, who finished in a tie for 15th place at 7-under par 209 for the weekend. It marked his lowest 54-hole score and fifth top-20 finish of the season. 


Joining Green on the 2-under line was freshman Jeremy Gandon, whose final 12 holes included 10 pars and two birdies. Gandon tied for 36th place at 3-under par 213. Oscar Spolander’s final round score of 2-under par 70 was his top round of the spring and featured 14 pars to go with three birdies as the sophomore tied for 81st at 5-over par 221.


Senior Kyle Weldon birdied four of his last six holes on Saturday, including holes 15-17, to post consecutive rounds of under-par golf. Weldon’s 1-under 71 in the final round brought him to 2-under par 214 for the weekend, good enough for a tie for 42nd place.

Andrew Beckler played to his second 1-under scoreline of the tournament by recording 13 pars on Saturday, helping the freshman record his lowest 54-hole score as a Wildcat with a 1-under par 215.


The Desert Shootout team title went to Iowa State, which ran away with the tournament by shooting a 16-under 272 in the final round. The Cyclones 54-hole score of 41-under par 823 won the event by eight strokes over second place Kansas. The individual title was shared by Northern Illinois’ Joo-Young Lee and UMKC’s Antoine Rozner, both of whom carded 4-under 68’s on Saturday to finish at 14-under par 202.


The Wildcats' next team action will come April 4-5, as K-State will play the Old Waverly Invitational in West Point, Mississippi. 

Desert Shootout

Goodyear, Ariz.

Palm Valley Golf Club

Par 72, 7,015 yards

Team Scores: 1. Iowa State, 276-275-272--823 (-41); 2. Kansas, 279-275-276--831 (-33); 3. UMKC, 274-284-276--834 (-30); 4. Northern Illinois, 279-284-275--838 (-26); 5. Eastern Michigan, 284-283-272--839 (-25); 6. BYU, 280-281-284--845 (-19); 7. Colorado State, 277-288-281--846 (-18); 8. Kansas State, 284-284-281--849 (-15); 9. Northern Colorado, 284-284-283--851 (-13); 10. Idaho, 281-289-283--853 (-11); 11. Columbia, 283-291-280--854 (-10); 12. Nebraska, 288-288-279--855 (-9); 13. Wichita State, 282-290-285--857 (-7); 14. George Washington, 290-282-288--860 (-4); 15. Boise State, 296-286-279—861 (-3); 16. Tulsa, 288-294-284--866 (+2); 17. Denver, 288-301-284--873 (+9); 18. Omaha, 291-298-287--876 (+12); 19. Grand Canyon, 298-295-297--890 (+26); 20. Southern Utah, 301-304-297--902 (+38).

Top Individuals: T1. Joo-Young Lee, Northern Illinois, 65-69-28--202 (-14); T1. Antoine Rozner, UMKC, 66-68-68--202 (-14); T3. Francois Lagraulet, UMKC, 67-69-67--203 (-13); T3. Denzel Ieremia, Iowa State, 66-67-70--203 (-13); 5. Connor Peck, Kansas, 68-69-67--204 (-12). 


K-State Individuals: T15. Matt Green, 68-71-70--209 (-7); T36. Jeremy Gandon, 70-73-70--213 (-3); T42. Kyle Weldon, 74-69-71--214 (-2); T47. Andrew Beckler, 73-71-71--215 (-1); T81. Oscar Spolander, 73-78-70--221 (+5).