Wildcats Tie for Fifth at Tiger Invitational

OPELIKA, Ala. - The Kansas State men's golf team tied with Mississippi and VCU for fifth place at the Tiger Invitational held at the par 72, 7,149-yard Grand National Lake Course.

The Wildcats carded a 6-over par 294 during Tuesday's final round of play to finish with a 54-hold score of 17-over par 881. K-State secured its second-best score of the tournament to bump the Wildcats up one spot in the team standings.

"I think for where we are right now as a team it was a good finish for us," said head coach Grant Robbins. "We were close to having a good round today, but we had a couple of double bogeys on the last hole and were not able to finish it off. We have really improved in several areas since the fall. However, we are making too many mistakes, which makes it difficult to sustain any momentum and makes it hard to shoot a low round."

Matt Green was the top performer for the Wildcats as he posted a 4-under par 212. He fired a 1-under par 71 in Tuesday's final round to finish tied for seventh and tally his fourth top-10 finish of the year.

Seth Smith tied for 16th place at even-par 216 to give him to his fifth top-20 finish of the year.

Connor Knabe ended the tournament in a tie for 36th as he shot a season low 54-score of 7-over par 223.

Rounding out the scoring lineup for K-State were freshman Trent Evans and sophomore Hank Simpson. Evans shot a 3-over par 75 on Tuesday to add to the overall team score and finish the tournament at 16-over par 232. Simpson shot a 17-over par 233 in the tournament. Evans and Simpson finished tied for 69th and 76th, respectively.

Auburn's Michael Johnson earned the individual title with 8-under par 208 thanks to a 6-under par 66 during the second round.

No. 10 Auburn took home the team crown as the only squad to shoot a final team score under par. They finished the tournament 25-under par 839.

"I am pleased with progress we are making and I am really looking forward to the next 10 days as we have a chance to get some really good work in before our next event," Robbins said.

After tournaments each of the last three weeks, Kansas State has some time off before returning to action, March 23-24, for the Duck Invitational.

Tiger Invitational
Opelika, Ala.
Grand National Lake Course
Par 72/7,149 yards

Team Scores: 1. Auburn, 290-273-276--839 (-25); 2. Troy, 296-277-294--867 (+3); 3. Georgia State, 300-285-288--873 (+9); 4. South Alabama, 301-283-292--876 (+12); T5. Kansas State, 295-292-294--881 (+17); T5. Mississippi, 294-302-285--881 (+17); T5. VCU, 296-295-290--881 (+17); 8. UNCG, 297-288-297--882 (+18); 9. Tulsa, 295-296-294--885 (+21); 10. Santa Clara, 303-291-298--892 (+28); 11. Mercer, 309-298-289--896 (+32); 12. Chattanooga, 304-299-296--899 (+35); 13. Memphis, 305-296-303--904 (+40); 14. Akron, 311-300-294--905 (+41); T15. Mississippi State, 305-297-304--906 (+42); T15. Jacksonville State, 306-298-302--906 (+42).

Top Individuals: 1. Michael Johnson, Auburn, 72-66-70--208 (-8); 2. J.J. Grey, Georgia State, 70-69-70--209 (-7); T3. Ben Schlottman, Auburn, 72-69-69--210 (-6); T3. Matt Gilchrest, Auburn, 72-68-70--210 (-6); T3. Will Long, Auburn, 74-68-68--210 (-6).

K-State Individuals: T7. Matt Green, 72-69-71--212 (-4); T16. Seth Smith, 71-71-74--216 (E); T36. Connor Knabe, 74-75-74--223 (+7); T69. Trent Evans, 79-78-75--232 (+16); T74. Hank Simpson, 78-77-78--233 (+17).