Wildcats Finish in Seventh at Hawkeye Invitational

Curtis Yonke

April 17, 2011


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IOWA CITY, Iowa. – After a snow delayed first round on Saturday, the Hawkeye Invitational saw no delay in Sunday’s final round. The Kansas State men’s golf team finished the Hawkeye-Taylor Made Invitational in seventh place.

During Saturday’s first round the Wildcats carded a 25-over par 313 after 18-holes. The team carded a 10-over par 298 in Sunday’s final round to finish the tournament with a 35-over par 611 and a seventh place finish.

“We held our position today but were able to hold off Miami (Ohio) at the end,” said K-State head coach Tim Norris. “We had some really decent scores today and some really good finishes with a couple of guys getting birdies on their last holes and that is always good to see.”

Overall Iowa walked away with the team title as they shot a 13-over par 589 for the tournament including a 3-over par 291 during Sunday’s final round.

Individually, Vince India of Iowa and Andy Sajevic of UNC Charlotte tied for first with a 2-under par 142 respectively. Sajevic carded a 5-under par 67 to put himself in a tie with India who shot a 1-under par 71 during Sunday’s final round.

For the Wildcats sophomore Curtis Yonke had his best outing of the season according to Coach Norris as he shot a 4-over par 148 for the tournament and a tie for 10th place. Yonke shot a 4-over par 76 during Saturday’s first round and shot an even-par 72 during Sunday’s final round including three birdies during Sunday’s final round.

“This tournament was definitely a step in the right direction for Curtis as he tied for 10th,” said Norris. “This was great to see and it was probably his best tournament of the year and I think he played far better than the score showed.”

Rounding out the K-State lineup were freshmen Jack Watson and Thomas Birdsey as well as sophomore Ben Juffer and junior Kyle Smell.

Watson carded an 8-over par 152 and a tie for 20th. After shooting a 7-over par 79 in Saturday’s first round, Watson played a solid final round on Sunday as he carded a 1-over par 73. Birdsey carded an 11-over par 155 while Juffer carded a 12-over par 156 and Smell carded a 15-over 159 for the tournament.

“Top to bottom it was a great effort today and we will need every hour of daylight between now and the Big 12 Championship to get ready,” said Norris.

The Hawkeye-Taylor Made Invitational was the last regular season event for the Wildcats as they will be heading into the Big 12 Championships in two weeks.

“We still have a lot of work to do as we have a very challenging Prairie Dunes Golf Course ahead of us at Big 12’s,” Norris said. “We have some things to shore up but I think from a confidence stand point this tournament was a bit of a boost.”

K-State will next see action at the Big 12 Championships April  25-27 at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Hawkeye-Taylor Made Invitational
Iowa City, Iowa.
Finkbine Golf Course
Par 72/7,180 yards

Team Scores: 1. Iowa, 589 (+13); T2. UNC Charlotte, 592 (+16); T2. Missouri, 592 (+16); 4. Wichita State, 596 (+20); 5. North Texas, 599 (+23); 6. Kansas, 603 (+27); 7. Kansas State, 611 (+35); T8. Miami (Ohio), 612 (+36); T8. Nebraska, 612 (+36); 10. Eastern Michigan, 615 (+39); 11. Iowa State, 622 (+46).

Top Individuals: T1. Vince India, Iowa, 142 (-2); T1. Andy Sajevic, UNC Charlotte, 142 (-2); 3. Carlos Ortiz, North Texas, 143 (-1); 4. Nick Wilson, Missouri, 145 (+1); 5. Hunter Sparks, Wichita State, 146 (+2).

K-State Individuals: T10. Curtis Yonke, 148 (+4); T20. Jack Watson, 152 (+8); T37. Thomas Birdsey, 155 (+11); T42. Ben Juffer, 156 (+12); T52. Kyle Smell, 159 (+15).