Ida Injury Hurts Wildcats

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - After a strong start to the Desert Shootout, the Kansas State men's golf team slipped to ninth place after carding a 7-over par 295 in the second round.

The Wildcats were dealt a heavy blow when senior Joe Ida, who entered the day tied for fourth, pulled out of the tournament with a thumb injury after only playing four holes. Ida will not participate in Saturday's final round.

"That is huge blow to the guys when they see one of their horses on the cart with his clubs in the back, but they responded well," said head coach Tim Norris. "We are in a real dog fight because we are only six shots out of fifth place. This will be a great opportunity for our guys to step up tomorrow."

Eastern Michigan sits in first place after carding a 10-under par 278 in the second round. The Eagles have a two-round score of 18-under par 558. Wichita State moved into second place after shooting an 8-under par 280 on Friday, while the Shockers have a two-day total of 14-under par 562. Kansas is in third place with a 12-under par 564, while Xavier is at 11-under par 565. BYU is in fifth after shooting an 8-under par 568.

Wichita State's Dustin Garza is the individual leader after he carded a 7-under par 65 in the second round, giving him a combined score of 11-under par 133. In second place is Brandon Lemons from Eastern Michigan, who carded a 10-under par 134. Nate Barbee of Kansas is in third place with 9-under par 135.

For the second-straight day, the Wildcats were led by senior Joe Kinney, who shot an even-par 72. Kinney enters the final round in a tie for eighth with a combined score of 5-under par 139.

Freshman Curtis Yonke recorded a 1-under par 71 in the second round and moved into a tie for 30th with a two-round total of 1-under par 144.

Mitchell Gregson finished the round with a 2-over par 74 on Friday and is in a tie for 47th heading into Saturday's final round. Jason Schulte carded a 6-over par 78 in the second round and is tied for 89th.

Ben Juffer, who is playing as an individual, carded a 5-over par 77 and is tied for 92nd with a combined score of 14-over par 158.

The final round of the Desert Shootout will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (CST) with a shotgun start. Results will be posted on when made available.


Goodyear, Ariz.
Palm Valley Golf Club
Par 72 7,015 yards

Team Scores:
1. Eastern Michigan 280-278-558 (-18); 2. Wichita State, 282-280-562 (-14); 3. Kansas, 285-279-564 (-12); 4. Xavier, 282-283-565 (-11); 5. BYU, 289-279-568 (-8); 6. Pacific, 277-293-570 (-6); 7. Virginia Commonwealth , 281-290-571 (-5); 8. Iowa State, 286-287-573 (-3); 9. Kansas State, 279-295-574 (-2); 10. Nebraska, 288-287-575 (-1); 11. Memphis, 288-290-578 (+2); 12. Boise State, 283-297-580 (+4); 13. Northern Colorado, 294-296-590 (+14); 14. Denver, 296-295-591 (+15); 15. Utah, 295-297-592 (+16); 16. Northern Iowa, 292-307-599 (+23); 17. Southern Utah, 306-306-612 (+36)

Top Individuals: 1. Dustin Garza, Wichita State, 68-65-133 (-11); 2. Brandon Lemons, Eastern Michigan, 67-67-134 (-10); 3. Nate Barbee, Kansas, 68-67-135 (-9); 4. Nathan Leary, Iowa State, 70-66-136 (-8); 5. Espen Kofstad, Denver, 74-63-137 (-7)

K-State Individuals: T8. Joe Kinney, 67-72-139 (-5); T30. Curtis Yonke, 72-71-143 (-1); T47. Mitchell Gregson, 72-74-146 (+2); T89. Jason Schulte, 79-78-157 (+13); T92. Ben Juffer*, 81-77-158 (+14);

 * Competing as an individual

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