Men’s Golf Sets Sight on Old Waverly Collegiate

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Old Waverly Collegiate Championship will play host to the Kansas State men’s golf team Monday and Tuesday at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi. The Wildcats will play 36 continuous holes beginning at 8:30 a.m., on Monday, with the final round getting underway at the same time on Tuesday. 


K-State is coming off its best team performance against par since 2014 after finishing at 15-under par 849 at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Arizona, on March 18-19. The Wildcats finished eighth out of 20 teams in Arizona but are eager to climb up the board this weekend. 


“We are looking forward to getting back on the road and competing at Mississippi State this weekend. Old Waverly is a course I am very familiar with, and I think it sets up well for our team,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “We've had some good practices the last several days and the guys are gaining some confidence going in.”


The Wildcats will shuffle junior Connor Knabe into the lineup’s fifth spot, with the first four – Matt Green, Jeremy Gandon, Kyle Weldon and Andrew Beckler – remaining the same from the team’s trip out west.


Green enters the tournament with top-20 finishes in each of the Wildcats’ three competitions this spring. Green posted his career best 54-hole score of 7-under par 209 at the Desert Shootout, which tied him for 15th place. 


Gandon, Weldon and Beckler all finished within two strokes of one another at the Desert Shootout. Gandon is back for only his second action with the team this spring after finishing in a tie for 36th at 3-under par 213 in his return from injury. Weldon’s 2-under par 214 featured his top round of the season when he went for a 3-under 69 in the Shootout’s second round. Beckler also posted the best 54-hole score of his career with a 1-under par 215.


Junior Connor Knabe returns to the lineup for the first time since tying for 39th at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Oct. 11, 2015. Knabe most recently played in the South Alabama Individual Tournament on Feb. 22-23, where he carded an 11-over par 224 that tied him for 17th place. 


The tournament’s host, Mississippi State, will be joined by 15 others on Old Waverly Golf Club’s 7,088-yard, par-72 course. Joining K-State and the Bulldogs will be Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Georgia State, Lipscomb, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Mississippi, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, UT Arlington and West Virginia. The Wildcats are 12-4 against the tournament field this season.


Live scoring from Old Waverly can be found at www.birdiefire.com, while updates from West Point, Mississippi will be available at www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available following each day of competition.