Wildcats Finish 12th in Duck Invitational

EUGENE, Ore. - The Kansas State men's golf team turned its best round of the Duck Invitational on Tuesday with a final-round score of 8-over par 296 at the par-72, 7,020-yard Eugene Country Club.

The Wildcats, who carded a 14-over par 302 in the second round that concluded late Monday night, finished with a 54-hole score of 44-over par 908 to place 12th.
"It was a tough week for us," head coach Grant Robbins said. "We did not handle the conditions very well the first round, and we really struggled to get a fourth score in rounds two and three."

The duo of Trent Evans and Seth Smith led the Wildcats. Evans fired a 7-over par 223 to tie for 28th place, including a 2-over par 74 on Tuesday. Smith shot his lowest score of the tournament on Tuesday at 1-over par 73 en route to a final score of 9-over par 225 to tie for 33rd.

Matt Green tallied an even-par 72 on Tuesday to finish the tournament tied in 41st place at 10-over 226. Connor Knabe tied for 68th at 19-over 235 after firing his second-straight round of 5-over par 77 on Tuesday. Hank Simpson tied for 75th place at 22-over par 238.

"Matt and Seth came back strong today, and Trent gave us a really good round yesterday," Robbins said," but, unfortunately, we were not able to take advantage of it."

Arizona State took home top team honors after firing a 1-under 863. The Sun Devils were paced by the top two individuals, Jon Rahm, who finished first at 4-under par 212, and Max Rottluff, who finished second at 3-under par 213.

"We just have to get these guys to play with more confidence going forward," Robbins said. "We definitely have a lot to work on these next couple of weeks."
Kansas State returns to action, April 6-7, as the Wildcats participate in the Gary Koch Invitational held at the Gastonia Country Club in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Duck Invitational
Eugene, Oregon
Eugene Country Club
Par 72, 7,020 Yards

Team Scores: 1. Arizona State, 288-291-284--863 (-1); 2. Washington, 290-292-287--869 (+5); 3. San Diego State, 301-294-284--879 (+15); 4. Oregon, 299-297-288--884 (+20); 5. Oregon State, 298-297-290--885 (+21); 6. Utah, 290-306-295--891 (+27); 7. Pacific, 302-297-293--892 (+28); 8. San Diego, 298-303-297--898 (+34); 9. Gonzaga, 299-312-298--900 (+36); 10. San Jose State, 298-302-304--904 (+40); 11. Loyola Marymount, 303-310-293--906 (+42); 12. Kansas State, 310-302-296--908 (+44); 13. Fresno State, 315-303-294--912 (+48); 14. UC Riverside, 311-303-300--914 (+50); 15. Nevada, 320-304-300--924 (+60).

Top Individuals: 1. Jon Rahm, Arizona State, 71-71-70--212 (-4); 2. Max Rotluff, Arizona State, 71-72-70--213 (-3); 3. James Fahy, Gonzaga, 71-72-71--214 (-2); 4. Byron Meth, Pacific, 74-72-70--216 (E).

K-State Individuals: T28. Trent Evans, 78-71-74--223 (+7); T33. Seth Smith, 77-75-73--225 (+9); T41. Matt Green, 78-76-72--226 (+10); T68. Connor Knabe, 77-81-77--235 (+19); T75. Hank Simpson, 78-80-80--238 (+22).