Late Entry for Kansas State into Bill Ross Intercollegiate Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following a tournament cancellation last week, the Kansas State men’s golf team has entered the Bill Ross Intercollegiate Invitational, playing Monday and Tuesday at the par-72 7,400-yard Creekmoor Golf Club in Raymore, Missouri.

The 54-hole invitational, hosted by UMKC, will open play Monday with an 8:30 a.m. (CT) shotgun start. 

“We are excited about this opportunity to compete this week at UMKC,” head coach Grant Robbins said after his Wildcats were unable to play last week at the Primland Invitational. “Having our event cancelled last week created a fairly large gap in our schedule and I felt it was important to try and play a tournament as soon as possible.”

The scoring lineup for the Wildcats will be made up of similar faces as well as some newcomers.
Sophomore Jeremy Gandon, senior Matt Green, and freshman Ben Fernandez have all seen action so far this season while senior Jack Rickabaugh and freshman Jacob Eklund will contribute for the first time this year. Freshman Levi Valadez and sophomore Roland Massimino will compete in the individual competition for the first time this week.

Fernandez finished his first collegiate tournament in a tie for 32nd at the Badger invitational, where he competed as an individual. The Southlake, Texas, product will look to contribute more towards the team score and to improve on a 10-over par, 222 finish last month.

Valadez will make his debut as a Wildcat after an impressive summer of play. The San Antonio, Texas, native won American Junior Golf Association tournaments, including the Inseprity and the Byron Nelson Junior Championship.

In addition to K-State, the Bill Ross Intercollegiate will play host to Grand Canyon, Missouri State, Oklahoma Christian, Omaha, SIU-Edwardsville, South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, UMKC, Western Illinois and Wichita State.

Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com while updates from the Bill Ross Intercollegiate Invitational will be posted at www.kstatesports.com following each round.