Wildcats in 13th After Two Rounds at the Border Olympics

Curtis Yonke

March 25, 2011

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LAREDO, Texas. - On a warm Friday in Laredo, Texas, the Kansas State men's golf team finished two rounds at the Border Olympics in 13th place at the par 72, 7,319-yard Laredo Country Club.

"We had a lot of good scores today, we did not have any great scores but we had several rounds of par or one-under and that is good but there was a really competitive field here today. We made enough birdies just a couple too many bogies," said head coach Tim Norris.

The Wildcats carded an overall 6-over par 582 through the first two rounds. K-State carded a 293 during the first round and a 289 in the second round.

The Arkansas Razorbacks, ranked 18th in the nation, and the Oklahoma Sooners lead all teams at the Border Olympics carding a 23-under par 553. Arkansas Razorback Sebastian Cappelen is the top overall performer after two rounds, shooting an 11-under par 133.

Sophomore Curtis Yonke and freshman Thomas Birdsey were the top individuals for the Wildcats. Yonke carded a 1-over par 145 through the first two rounds of the Border Olympics putting him in a tie for 35th while Birdsey carded a 2-over par 146 to put him in a tie for 43rd.

"Overall I thought that for the first time down in Laredo the guys really read the course well. The course has some course knowledge to it," Norris said. "There are some challenging layouts off the tee, some slopes that you have to be careful of as far as landing areas go and I thought that for the most part the guys did a really good job of that today."

Rounding out the Wildcat lineup were freshman Jack Watson, sophomore Ben Juffer and junior Kyle Smell. Watson carded a 3-over 147 which puts him tied for 52nd.  Juffer carded a 4-over par 148 putting him tied for 55th while Smell finished day one with a 5-over par 149 putting him in a tie for 67th.

"I think that our guys have done a pretty good job to this point," Norris said. "I would like to see some rounds in the 60's because it is just a numbers game, and to be competitive at this level you have got to throw one or two of those in each round."

Border Olympics
Laredo, Texas.
Laredo Country Club
Par 72/7,319 yards

Team Scores: T1. Arkansas, 553 (-23); T1. Oklahoma, 553 (-23); 3. Baylor, 562 (-14); 4. Liberty, 567 (-9); 5. Indiana, 570 (-6); T6. Wichita State, 571 (-5); T6. North Texas, 571 (-5); T8. Lamar, 574 (-2); T8. Rice, 574 (-2); 10. New Mexico State, 575 (-1); 11. UT-Arlington, 579 (+3); 12. Kansas, 581 (+5); 13. Kansas State, 582 (+6); 14. Texas State, 583 (+7); 15. Washington State, 585 (+9); 16. Houston, 591 (+15); 17. Air Force, 594 (+18); 18. UTSA, 604 (+28); 19. Toledo, 611 (+35).

Top Individuals: 1. Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas, 133 (-11); T2. Will Kropp, Oklahoma, 135 (-9); T2. Michael Whitehead, Rice, 135 (-9); T4. Gaston De La Torre, New Mexico State, 137 (-7); T4. Cody Paladino, Baylor, 137 (-7).

K-State Individuals: T35. Curtis Yonke, 145 (+1); T43. Thomas Birdsey, 146 (+2); T52. Jack Watson, 147 (+3); T55. Ben Juffer, 148 (+4); T67. Kyle Smell, 149 (+5).