Wildcats Finish 14th at the Border Olympics

Kyle Smell

March 26, 2011

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LAREDO, Texas. – The K-State men’s golf team completed the final round of the Border Olympics Saturday and finished in 14th place at the par 72, 7,319-yard Laredo Country Club.

After finishing the first two rounds on Friday in 13th place the Wildcats carded an 8-over par 296 during today’s final round. The Wildcats carded an overall 14-over par 878 for the tournament.

“There was a little less wind today but it was a little more challenging with the pin placements,” said head coach Tim Norris. “There was not a whole lot here that if you did not drive it in the fairway you did not have a chance to birdie.”

The Arkansas Razorbacks, ranked 18th in the nation, took home the overall team title at the tournament, carding an overall 32-under par 832 and a 9-under par 279 during today’s final round.

Michael Whitehead of Rice took home the individual crown as he carded a 10-under par 62 in final round action. Overall for the tournament Whitehead carded a 19-under par 197.

Freshman Thomas Birdsey was the top individual for the Wildcats after a solid final round. Birdsey carded a 1-under par during the final round of play putting him in a tie for 35th. Birdsey finished the tournament with an overall 1-over par 217.

“Thomas played really solid; he had two birdies and one bogey,” said Norris. “The only bogey was from a three-putt from 30 feet.”

Rounding out the Wildcat lineup were freshman Jack Watson, sophomores Ben Juffer and Curtis Yonke as well as junior Kyle Smell.

“All of the guys played good in stretches but we were just not able to put together a good team score today to be able to move up,” said Norris.

Watson carded a 5-over 77 during the final round and an 8-over 224 for the tournament. Juffer carded a 1-over par 73 during the final round today finishing with an overall 5-over par 221. Yonke finished the day with a 4-over par 76 and an overall 5-over 221 for the tournament. Smell finished the day carding a 4-over 76 and a 9-over 225 for the tournament.

“I feel that we inched up a little bit from our last tournament in Fresno, not a lot but overall we had some good play,” Norris said. “We will have another week of work and head off to Arizona to play there next Monday and Tuesday.”

The Wildcats will see action Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, at the Talking Stick Golf Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Cowboy Classic.

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

Team Scores: 1. Arkansas, 832 (-32); 2. Oklahoma, 837 (-27); 3. Baylor, 846 (-18); 4. Rice, 848 (-16); 5. Liberty, 853 (-11); 6. New Mexico State, 854 (-10); 7. Indiana, 856 (-8); 8. North Texas, 857 (-7); 9. Lamar, 862 (-2); 10. Wichita State, 863 (-1); 11. Kansas, 866 (+2); 12. UT-Arlington, 869 (+5); 13. Washington State, 874 (+10); 14. Kansas State, 878 (+14); 15. Houston, 879 (+15); 16. Texas State, 881 (+17); 17. Air Force, 897 (+33); 18. UTSA, 905 (+41); 19. Toledo, 910 (+46).

Top Individuals: 1. Michael Whitehead, Rice, 197 (-19); 2. Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas, 199 (-17); T3. Timothy Madigan, New Mexico State , 205 (-11); T3. Joakim Mikkelsen, Baylor, 205 (-11); 5. Gaston De La Torre, New Mexico State, 206 (-10).

K-State Individuals: T35. Thomas Birdsey, 217 (+1); T49. Ben Juffer, 221 (+5); T49. Curtis Yonke, 221 (+5); T67. Jack Watson, 224 (+8); T75. Kyle Smell, 225 (+9).