K-State Tied for First at Cowboy Classic

Ben Juffer

April 9, 2012

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Kansas State men's golf team sits atop the leader board after two rounds of play at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at the par 70, 7,133-yard north course at the Talking Stick Golf Club on Monday. K-State carded a 15-under par 545 on the day, shooting a blistering 12-under par 268 in the first round, and a 3-under par 277 in the afternoon. The Wildcats are tied with the University of San Diego and will look to break free on Tuesday.

The Wildcats were led by Ben Juffer, shooting a 9-under par 131 on the day to sit tied for second place. He carded a 5-under par 65 in the first round and a 4-under par 66 in the second round.

Curtis Yonke had a 3-under par 137 on the day, shooting a 3-under par 67 in the first round and an even-par 70 during the second round to enter final-round play tied for 14th. Kyle Weldon is right behind him by carding a 2-under par 138, striking a 4-under par 66 in the first round and a 2-over par 72 in the second.

Kyle Smell currently sits tied for 63rd place with a 3-over par 143 on the day, shooting an even-par 70 in the first round and 3-over par 73 in the second. Rounding out the Wildcat lineup, David Klaudt carded a 5-over par 75 in the first round and a 1-under par 69 second round to finish at 4-over par 144 on the day.

"I am really proud of our team effort today," head coach Tim Norris said. "Everyone contributed. You always want an opportunity, but when you get the opportunity, you have to close the deal. We are excited about tomorrow. Our guys have been practicing well at home and working hard, so this is no surprise to me. When we put it together, we can be pretty good. We will just have to grind it out tomorrow and see what happens. I am excited to see the guys' hard work pay off."

The final round of the Wyoming Cowboy Classic will tee-off at 9:30 a.m. (CT) on Tuesday with a shotgun start. Results will be posted at www.k-statesports.com at the conclusion of play Tuesday.

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

Team Scores: T1. Kansas State, 268-277--545 (-15); San Diego, 272-273--545 (-15); 3. Colorado State, 277-270--547 (-13); 4. Colorado, 270-282--552 (-8); 5. Arizona, 274-281--555 (-5); 6. Texas Tech, 275-281--556 (-4); T7. Wyoming, 285-274--559; Gonzaga, 277-282--559; T9. Air Force, 281-280--561 (+1), Nevada, 280-281--561 (+1); Kansas, 280-281--561 (+1); T12. Arizona State, 281-281--562 (+2); Boise State, 282-280--562 (+2); 14. Old Dominion, 275-289--564 (+4); 15. Wichita State, 279-286--565 (+5); 16. Northern Colorado, 275-292--567 (+7); 17. New Mexico State, 277-291--568 (+8); 18. UC Davis, 283-286--569 (+9); 19. UC Santa Barbara, 292-278--570 (+10); 20. Weber State, 287-288--575 (+15).

Indvidual Leaders: 1. Mike Wuertz, 64-64--128 (-12); T2. Ben Juffer, 65-66--131 (-9); Beau Schoolcraft, 64-67--131 (-9), T4. Kevin Lucas, 67-66--133 (-7); Rafael Becker, 67-66--133 (-7).

K-State Individuals: T2. Ben Juffer, 65-66--131 (-9); T14. Curtis Yonke, 67-70--137 (-3); T20. Kyle Weldon, 66-72--138 (-2); T63. Kyle Smell, 70-73--143 (+3); T70. David Klaudt, 75-69--144 (+4).