K-State Ventures North to Hawkeye Intercollegiate

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 23rd Annual Hawkeye Intercollegiate will welcome the Kansas State men’s golf team to Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday and Sunday. The Wildcats, paired with Iowa State and Minnesota, will play 36 continuous holes beginning at 9 a.m., on Saturday, with the final round getting underway at the same time on Sunday.


K-State will look to better its 2015 performance at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate, when it placed 10th out of 12 teams with a 31-over par 895. The Wildcats have finished in the top half of their last two events and are looking to build on that this weekend.


“We are really excited to play at Iowa this weekend. This is a great golf course that is in tremendous shape,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “The greens are very firm, which is a lot different than what we've been playing on back home, so we are going to have to adjust rather quickly. If we can keep the ball in play and stay below the hole, we can have a great week.”


K-State’s lineup will feature Matt Green, Jeremy Gandon, Kyle Weldon and Andrew Beckler for the third consecutive team competition, with junior Jack Rickabaugh claiming the fifth spot for a third occasion this spring.


Green, who holds the team’s best stroke average at 72.88, enters the Hawkeye Intercollegiate having finished in the top-20 on the individual board in all four competitions this spring. He's coming off his best finish of the year at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship on April 4-5, when he tied for fourth place with an even-par 216.


Gandon, Weldon and Beckler all finished within three strokes of one another in Mississippi. Gandon tied for 37th at Old Waverly with his 9-over par 225, while Weldon’s 224 placed him in a tie for 28th place. Beckler is coming off his best finish as part of the lineup this year, after his 6-over par 222 put him in a tie for 22nd.


Rickabaugh will play just four days removed from tying for 16th place at the Oral Roberts Shootout, where he competed as an individual for the Wildcats. Rickabaugh’s 9-over par 225 in Tulsa, Oklahom, marked his best performance since tying for 12th with a 2-over 214 at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Feb. 22-23.


The Wildcats will join hosts, Iowa, and 12 others at the Finkbine Golf Course. The par-72, 7,239-yard course will also welcome DePaul, Denver, Idaho, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, SMU, South Alabama, South Dakota State, UMKC and Wichita State. The Wildcats are 13-6-1 against the tournament field this season.


Live scoring from the Hawkeye Intercollegiate can be found at www.golfstat.com, while updates from Iowa City will be available at www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available following each day of competition.