K-State Men's Golf In Seventh At Big 12 Championships

Kyle Weldon

April 27, 2012

TRINITY, Texas — The Kansas State men's golf team finished two rounds of play at the Big 12 Championships in seventh place at the par 72, 7,330-yard Whispering Pines Golf Club on Friday. K-State carded a 35-over par 611 on the day, shooting a 19-over par 307 in round one, and a 16-over par 304 in the afternoon.

"Our guys fought hard today; it was not our best, but we are halfway there," head coach Tim Norris said. "There were some breezy conditions, but the course is top-notch. Even the easy holes can be difficult."

The Wildcats were led by the duo of Curtis Yonke and Kyle Weldon, both shooting a 7-over par 149 on the day to sit in a tie for 14th place. Yonke shot a 4-over par 76 in round one, and a 1-over par 73 in round two. Weldon carded a 1-over par 72 in round one, and shot a 5-over par 77 in the afternoon.

K-State's Kyle Smell sits tied for 34th place after shooting a 12-over par 156 on the day. Smell shot a 7-over par 79 in round one, and a 5-over par 72 in round two. One stroke behind, Ben Juffer sits tied for 36th place. He shot an 8-over par 80 during round one, and 5-over par 77 in round two to combine for a 13-over par 157 on the day.

Rounding out the Wildcats' lineup, David Klaudt shot a 16-over par 160 on the day. He tallied a 9-over par 81 in Friday's initial round, and a 7-over par 79 in round two to enter Saturday's third round in 45th place.

No. 15 Texas A&M currently leads the Championship field, carding a 6-over par 582 on the day. Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer sits atop the individuals after shooting a 3-under par 141 on Friday. Ancer obtained an on-par 72 in round one, and finished the afternoon with a 3-under par 69.

"I know the guys are going to battle hard these last 36 holes," Norris said. "We will see what they can do. It is a short turn around and we will get back out there tomorrow."

The third round of the Big 12 Championships, hosted by the University of Oklahoma, will tee-off from No. 1 and No. 10 tees on Saturday at 8 a.m., before Sunday's final round. K-State has been paired with Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State on Saturday, with the Wildcats' tee-times beginning at 8 a.m. from hole No. 10.

Live statistics and scoring of the event is available at www.golfstat.com, with updates being found at the Big 12 Championship headquarters at www.big12sports.com. Results from Saturday's action can be found at www.k-statesports.com at the conclusion of the day.

Big 12 Championship
Trinity, Texas
Whispering Pines Golf Club
Par 72/7,330 yards

Team Scores: 1. No. 15 Texas A&M, 296-286--582 (+6); 2. No. 28 Oklahoma, 292-292--584 (+8); 3. No. 46 Texas Tech, 290-298--588 (+12); 4. No. 1 Texas, 302-292--594 (+18); 5. No. 32 Baylor, 304-297--601 (+25); 6. Iowa State, 307-299--606 (+30); 7. Kansas State, 307-304--611 (+35); 8. No. 30 Oklahoma State, 310-302--612 (+36); 9. Missouri, 312-301--613 (+37); 10. Kansas, 307-320--627 (+51).

Individual Leaders: 1. Abraham Ancer (OU), 72-69--141 (-3); 2. Johannes Veerman (TAMU), 72-70--142 (-2); T3. Matias Dominguez (TTU), 69-74--143 (-1); No. 1 Jordan Spieth (UT), 74-69--143 (-1); 5. Tyler Dunlap (TAMU), 73-71--144 (E)

K-State Individuals: T14. Curtis Yonke, 76-73--149 (+5); Kyle Weldon, 72-77--149 (+5); T34. Kyle Smell, 79-77--156 (+12); T36. Ben Juffer, 80-77--157 (+13); 45. David Klaudt, 81-79--160 (+16).