Wildcats Struggle in Spring Debut

FRESNO, Calif. - The Kansas State men's golf team got off to a rough start to the spring portion of their season as they finished in 15th place at the Fresno State Lexus Classic. The Wildcats finished with a 67-over par 1,132 in a tournament that took the top-five scores per round unlike most tournaments that take only the top-four scores per round.

"The guys gave a good effort. It is the start of the spring season and our goal is to be a little bit better at the next tournament," said head coach Tim Norris. "Overall I was a little disappointed that we weren't a little bit more competitive but we had some good rounds. Joe Kinney had a good round this morning. Mitch (Gregson) was decent today but not by his standards and Joe Ida had a real nice tournament.

"The golf course was pretty demanding. You had to be at the top of your game as you can tell by all the over par scores. Hopefully we can grow from this and get on with the next one because the spring season is going to go by fast. I thought our club selection and strategy was the downfall this tournament but the putting and short game was pretty strong."   

BYU defeated San Diego in the first playoff hole to bring home the tournament title. Both teams posted a 20-over par 1,085 in regulation. In third place is Washington after carding a 22-over par 1,087. The Oregon Ducks finished in fourth place after firing a 23-over par 1,088. And rounding out the top-five is Michigan as the Wolverines carded a 27-over par 1,092.

Joe Ida led the way for the Wildcats as he finished tied for 14th place after firing a 3-over par 216. Senior Mitchell Gregson tied for 25th place after carding a 7-over par 220.

Joe Kinney finished tied for 65th as he posted a 14-over par 227. Freshman Curtis Yonke carded a 19-over par 232 and tied for 80th place. Jason Schulte finished in 97th place with a 27-over par 240 and Ben Juffer took 98th place with a 29-over par 242.

The Wildcats tee it up next at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz., March 18-20.

Fresno, Calif.
San Joaquin Country Course
Par 71 6,802 yards 

Team Scores: T1. BYU, 361-362-362-1,085 (+20); T1. San Diego, 366-359-360-1.085 (+20); 3. Washington, 363-356-368-1,087 (+22); 4. Oregon, 369-358-361-1,088 (+23); 5. Michigan, 372-349-371-1,092 (+27); 6. Pepperdine, 355-365-374-1.094 (+29); 7. UC Irvine, 366-377-364-1,107 (+42); 8. Fresno State, 370-372-367-1,109 (+44); 9. California, 365-377-368-1,110 (+45); T10. Sacramento State, 371-370-375-1,116 (+51); T10. Cal Poly, 375-372-369-1,116 (+51); 12. Pacific, 372-373-377-1,122 (+57); 13. St. Mary's, 377-378-372-1,127 (+62); 14. Nevada, 377-377-374-1,128 (+63); 15. Kansas State, 380-373-379-1,132 (+67); 16. San Jose State, 383-377-375-1,135 (+70)
(BYU topped San Diego on the first playoff hole to win the Fresno State Lexus Classic.)

Top Individuals: T1. Robbie Fillmore, BYU, 74-67-67-208 (-5); T1. John Chin, UC Irvine, 75-67-66-208 (-5); 3. Eugene Wong, Oregon, 74-66-71-211 (-2); 4. Scott Brace, San Diego, 71-71-70-212 (-­1); T5. Brady Johnson, BYU, 70-71-72-213 (E); T5. Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine, 69-69-75-213 (E)
(Robbie Fillmore recorded a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat John Chin.)

K-State Individuals: T14. Joe Ida, 71-73-72-216 (+3); T25. Mitchell Gregson, 76-70-74-220 (+7); T61. Joe Kinney, 78-76-73-227 (+14); T80. Curtis Yonke, 78-76-78-232 (+19); 97. Jason Schulte, 77-81-82-240 (+27); 98. Ben Juffer, 80-78-84-242 (+29);   

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