Wildcats Finish 14th at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic

Jack Watson

April 5, 2011

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –The Kansas State men’s golf team finished the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in 14th place at the par 70, 7,133-yard Talking Stick Golf Course after shooting the lowest combined team round all season on Tuesday.

K-State carded an even-par 280 in the final round, which was the lowest combined team score for the Wildcats during the 2010-2011 campaign. The Wildcats shot a 26-over par 866 for the entire tournament.

“We did not make up any ground place-wise, but we shot even par as a team,” Wildcat head coach Tim Norris said. “We had four rounds at even par. As far as a team score and the way we played, I thought it was our best performance so far this spring.”

Baylor held on to its lead after Monday’s first two rounds, carding a 1-over par 281 during the 18 holes and a 4-under par 836 for the tournament to take home the team title.

Tarquin Macmanus of Arizona tallied a 4-under par 66 in Tuesday’s final round to finish the tournament with an 8-under par 202. Macmanus jumped Colorado State’s Zahkai Brown for the individual title, who held the lead after the first two rounds.

Kansas State freshman Thomas Birdsey was the top individual for the Wildcats as he shot an even par 70 during Tuesday’s final round along with teammates Kyle Smell, Jack Watson and Ben Juffer. Birdsey finished at 4-over par 214 for the tournament to tie for 28th.

Smell carded a 5-over par 215 after his even par during the final round. Watson was right behind him at 6-over par 216, while Juffer carded an 11-over par 221.

Rounding out the Wildcat lineup was sophomore Curtis Yonke, who shot a 20-over par 230, including a 4-over par 74 during the final round.
“The guys played really smart today, and we did not have a single big score during this round,” Norris said. “When we did make some bogeys, the guys seemed to come back and cancel it out with a birdie or two.

“I think that our finish today really bodes well for the last two events coming up at the end of the season.”

The Wildcats’ next action is at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, April 16-17, at the Finkbine Golf Course. It will be the last event before the Cats head into the Big 12 Championship.

Wyoming Cowboy Classic
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Talking Stick Golf Course
Par 70/7,133 yards

Team Scores: 1. Baylor, 836 (-4); 2. Arizona, 839 (-1); 3. Colorado State, 841 (+1); 4. UC Davis, 843 (+3); T5. Colorado, 854 (+14); T5. Nevada, 854 (+14); T7. Idaho, 855 (+15); T7. San Diego, 855 (+15); 9. Oregon State, 861 (+21); 10. San Francisco, 862 (+22); 11. Wichita State, 863 (+23); 12. UC Santa Barbara, 864 (+24); 13. Wyoming, 865 (+25); 14. Kansas State, 866 (+26); T15. Utah, 870 (+30); T15. Kansas, 870 (+30); 17. Utah State, 873 (+33); 18. Air Force, 884 (+44); 19. Santa Clara, 888 (+48); 20. Gonzaga, 889 (+49).

Top Individuals: 1. Tarquin Macmanus, Arizona, 202 (-8); T2. Joakim Mikkelsen, Baylor, 203 (-7); T2. Zahkai Brown, Colorado State, 203 (-7); 4. Austin Graham, UC Davis, 205 (-5); Four tied for fifth, 208 (-2).

K-State Individuals: T28. Thomas Birdsey, 214 (+4); T30. Kyle Smell, 215 (+5); T36. Jack Watson, 216 (+6); T65. Ben Juffer, 221 (+11); T98. Curtis Yonke, 230 (+20).