Wildcats Tie for 10th at Fresno State Classic

Jack Watson

March 8, 2011

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FRESNO, Calif. – The Kansas State men’s golf team finished in a tie for 10th place with Michigan Tuesday at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic.

Five of the six Wildcat golfers improved their scores from Monday’s second round, propelling K-State to a 17-over par 337 in the final round of play. Overall, the Wildcats carded a 55-over par 1,135 for the tournament in a six-count-five format.

No. 10 San Diego State held on to the lead throughout the tournament to take the team championship, carding a 2-over par 362 in the final round and 3-over par 1,083 for the tournament.

The race for the top individual honor saw Pacific’s Alex Johnson and UC Irvine’s Bryan Harris in a sudden death playoff after both finished with a 6-under 210. On the fifth playoff hole, Johnson sunk a 20-foot birdie putt to take the tournament’s top individual spot.

Kansas State freshman Jack Watson was the top performer for the Wildcats on Tuesday, carding an even par 72 during the final round and a 7-over par 223 for the tournament to put him in a tie for 27th.

Sophomore Curtis Yonke finished the final round at one-over par 73, improving nine strokes from his second-round performance. Yonke finished the tournament with a combined 10-over par 226, which put him in a tie for 41st.

“We had some positives today,” head coach Tim Norris said. “In a six-count-five format, depth is pretty critical. I was glad to take another player and gain more experience.”

The Wildcat youth found success during the final round. Freshman Thomas Birdsey, who carded an 11-over par 227 for the tournament, finished in a tie for 44th, while fellow freshman David Klaudt carded a 21-over par 237 to tie for 87th. Birdsey and Klaudt carded a four-over par 76 during the final round.

Rounding out the Wildcat lineup was sophomore Ben Juffer and senior Ross Geubelle. Juffer finished the tournament carding a 15-over par 231, putting him in a tie for 62nd. Geubelle finished the tournament in a tie for 82nd, carding a 20-over par 236, including an eight-over par 80 during the final round.

“I think that we are playing better than we were a couple of weeks ago when we were in San Antonio. Our goal is to keep improving over the next couple of weeks,” said Norris.

The Wildcats will head home for the next two weeks to gear up for their next tournament, the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas, on March 25 and 26.

Fresno State Lexus Classic
Fresno, Calif.
Sunnyside Golf Course
Par 72/6,950 yards

Team Scores: 1. San Diego State, 1083 (+3); 2. Pacific,1109 (+29); 3. Duke, 1110 (+30); 4. UC Irvine, 1116 (+36); 5. UC Santa Barbara, 1120 (+40); T6. Fresno State, 1123 (+43); T6. Brigham Young, 1123 (+43); T6. New Mexico, 1123 (+43); 9. New Mexico State, 1125 (+45); T10. Michigan, 1135 (+55); T10. Kansas State, 1135 (+55); 12. Nevada, 1137 (+57); 13. Sacramento State, 1142 (+62); 14. UTEP, 1145 (+65); 15. Hawaii, 1148 (+68); 16. CSU Bakersfield, 1159 (+79).

Top Individuals: 1. Alex Johnson, Pacific, 210 (-6); 2. Bryan Harris, UC Irvine, 210 (-6); 3. J.J. Spaun, San Diego State, 212 (-4); T4. Esteban Calisto, Brigham Young, 215 (-1); T4. Timothy Madigan, New Mexico State, 215 (-1); T4. Brinson Paolini *, Duke, 215 (-1); T4 Kevin Lucas, Nevada, 215 (-1).

K-State Individuals: T27. Jack Watson, 223 (+7); T41. Curtis Yonke, 226 (+10); T44. Thomas Birdsey, 227 (+11); T62. Ben Juffer, 231 (+15); T82. Ross Geubelle, 236 (+20). ); T87. David Klaudt, 237 (+21).

* (Denotes competed as an individual)