K-State Tests Youth in Bridgestone Golf Collegiate

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team will send a youthful lineup to Greensboro, North Carolina, to compete in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, Sunday and Monday, held at the par-72 6,800-yard Grandover Resort Golf Course.

The field will open play on Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. (ET) shotgun start for the first two rounds of the tournament, leaving the final round to begin on Monday with another 8:30 a.m., shotgun start.

The Wildcats will send a different lineup for the tournament that features a younger set of competitors. The new scoring lineup for the Wildcats, which holds no upperclassmen, will consist of sophomore Jeremy Gandon, freshman Jacob Eklund, sophomore Andrew Beckler, freshman Ben Fernandez and freshman Levi Valadez. Junior Trent Evans will compete as an individual.

“We are going to have a young lineup this week, and I know they are excited to get out there and compete,” said head coach Grant Robbins, whose Wildcats finished 10th in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate earlier this month. “We have had a really good week of preparation and look forward to the opportunity to see how we match up against some of the best teams in the country.”

Gandon, who holds a team-best 71.00 stroke average on the year, is the most experienced of the group having played in all three tournaments this season. The Charpey, France, native was able to capture a 10th-place finish in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate by shooting a 7-under par, 209.

Eklund and Fernandez each competed in the last tournament but are looking to improve their production this week. Of the two, Fernandez finished higher on the leaderboard, settling in at a tie for 33rd at 2-over par 218. Eklund finished at 6-over par 222 to end the tournament in a tie for 57th.

Beckler, having not competed since the first tournament of the season, will look to make up for lost time. The Topeka, Kansas, product finished in a tie for 36th in the Badger Invitational. Valadez will be included in the scoring lineup for the first time this fall and play in his second-career tournament.

The two-day event, hosted by UNC Greensboro, will also feature Davidson, Duke, Georgia State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Liberty, NC State, Northwestern, Purdue, Utah, VCU and Virginia Tech.

Live scoring from Greensboro can be found at www.golfstat.com, while updates from the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate will be posted at www.kstatesports.com following each round.