Green Places Top 10 at Louisiana Classics

LAFAYETTE, La. - The Kansas State men's golf finished 13th following the final round of play at the 30th Annual Louisiana Classics Tuesday afternoon at the par 72, 6898 yard Oakbourne Country Club. The team carded a 7-over par 295 in the final round to finish the event at 26-over par 890.

The Wildcats began the day in 14th place after shooting a 19-over par 595 over the first two rounds of play. K-State finished just three shots back of 12th-place team South Alabama and four shots back of Illinois State, who took 11th. 

Redshirt sophomore, Matt Green, finished 10th to secure his third top-10 finish of the year. Green shot a 1-over par 73 to bring his three-round total to an even-par 216. Seth Smith also fared well, tying for 17th and carding a 3-over par 219. Smith fired a 2-under par in Tuesday's final round to acquire his fourth top-20 finish. 

"It was a disappointing week, but I saw some good things today," head coach Grant Robbins said. "Matt and Seth really played well and overall I thought we were much more focused and committed to the process than we were yesterday."

Trent Evans shot a 4-over par 76 in Tuesday's round to finish the tournament at 9-over par 225 tied for 50th place. 

Rounding out the K-State lineup were Connor Knabe and Hank Simpson. Simpson tied for 75th at 15-over par 231, while Knabe tied for 76th at 16-over par 232.

No. 1 Illinois took home the top team honor, finishing the tournament with a 19-under par 845, 22 shots ahead of second-place Texas State. This is the fourth title Illinois has won at the Louisiana Classics in the last four years under Coach Mike Small. Illinois' Thomas Detry took home the individual crown after shooting 13-under par 203. 

"We have a young team and we are going to experience some ups and downs, so we just have to learn from this and get better," Robbins said. "Matt and Seth have started to establish themselves, but going forward we are going to have to get more production from the bottom of our lineup. We have a quick turnaround this week and we need to be better prepared for Auburn."

The Wildcats will take a brief hiatus before they return to action March 8-10, at the Tiger Invitational held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opellka, Ala.

Louisiana Classics
Lafayette, La.
Oakbourne Country Club
Par 72/6,898 yards

Team Scores: 1. Illinois, 278-279-288--845 (-19); 2. Texas State, 294-280-293--867 (+3); 3. Louisiana, 284-287-302--873 (+9); 4. Kent State, 293-290-293--876 (+12); 5. Kansas, 289-288-300--877 (+13); T6. Southeastern Louisiana, 292-290-298--880 (+16); T6. Middle Tennessee St., 288-287-305--880 (+16); 8. Mississippi State, 293-290-300--883 (+19); 8. UTSA, 293-294-297--884 (+20); 10. Southern Mississippi, 295-294-296--885 (+21); 11. Illinois State, 294-294-298--886 (+22); 12. South Alabama, 288-290-309--887 (+23); 13. Kansas State, 300-295-295--890 (+26); 14. Northwestern, 294-297-304--895 (+31).

Top Individuals: 1. Thomas Detry, Illinois 68-69-66--203 (-13); 2. Tyler Saunders, Texas State, 72-68-69--209 (-7); 3. Zander Lozano, UTSA, 70-71-70--211 (-5); 4. Payne Denman, Middle Tennessee St., 69-68-75--212 (-4); T5. Brian Campbell, Illinois, 70-71-72--213 (-3); T5. Charlie Danielson, Illinois, 71-68-74--213 (-3).

K-State Individuals: 10. Matt Green, 76-67-73--216 (E); T17. Seth Smith, 76-73-70--219 (+3); T50. Trent Evans, 73-76-76--225 (+9); T71. Hank Simpson, 75-79-77--231 (+15); T76. Connor Knabe, 76-80-76--232 (+16).