Wildcats Wrap Up Opening Tournament

Curtis Yonke

Sept. 12, 2010

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – The Kansas State men’s golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the 2010-11 season Sunday afternoon at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate as the Wildcats finished 15th at the par 71, 7,195-yard Wolf Run Golf Club.

After starting the day one spot ahead of Louisville, the Wildcats shot a 28-over par 312 in the tournament’s final round, dropping them back to 15th. K-State shot rounds of 305, 300 and 312 over the three-day event to finish at 65-over par 917.
“We did finish at the bottom in this tournament, but I think there were some good lessons learned,” said head coach Tim Norris. “It is such a tough adjustment. Shooting a 73, 74, or 75 is such a good score out here, especially with the wind again today. It is a course that if you are playing well, you have got a chance to have a good week. If you are just off a little bit, or off a lot, it’s not going to be a lot of fun out here.”

The Wildcats featured a team of young and inexperienced golfers this weekend, as the five-man team consisted of two sophomores and three freshmen in their collegiate debuts.

Sophomore Curtis Yonke lead the Wildcats, carding a 76-73-77—226 to put him in a tie for 40th at 13-over par. Fellow sophomore Ben Juffer started the final round in a tie for 10th at 4-over par, but struggled on Sunday, shooting a 12-over par 83 to drop back to 54th.

Thomas Birdsey, a native of Trophy Club, Texas, had the lowest score among the freshmen Wildcat golfers, finishing three strokes back of Juffer with a 231 to put him in a tie for 62nd at 18-over par. Freshman Jack Watson closed out the first collegiate tournament of his career in a tie for 69th at 21-over par 234, while Tyler Norris rounded out the trio of freshmen finishing in a tie for 80th.

“Obviously, our guys have some things to work on in their games,” Norris said. “Any little weakness was magnified here this weekend. That is kind of a good thing, to come here and do that in the early part of the year where you are just trying to see where your game is.

“At home we feel pretty comfortable, but to get outside of your comfort level a little bit is a good thing,” Norris continued. “I am confident that the guys will go back and get ready for the tournament at Alvamar next Monday and Tuesday.”

The next action for the Wildcats comes next Monday and Tuesday, September 20-21, at the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kan.

Wolf Run Intercollegiate
Zionsville, Ind.
Wolf Run Golf Club
Par 71/7,195 yards

Team Scores:
1. Illinois, 290-288-281–859 (+7); T2. UCF, 294-291-293–878 (+26); T2. Ball State, 296-290-292–878 (+26); 4. Tulsa, 284-304-292–880 (+28); T5. Northwestern, 296-295-291–882 (+30); T5. Indiana, 290-306-286–882 (+30); T7. Missouri, 297-292-299–888 (+36); T7. North Florida, 298-292-298–888 (+36);  9. Michigan, 294-294-303–891 (+39); 10. IUPUI, 294-300-299–893 (+41); 11. Iowa State, 291-303-303–897 (+45); 12. Penn State, 299-302-298–899 (+47); 13. Kentucky, 296-302-304–902 (+50);14. Louisville, 296-310-298–904 (+52). 15. Kansas State, 305-300-312–917 (+65)

Top Individuals:
1. Connor Arendell, UCF, 69-69-70–208 (-5); 2. Eric Steger, Ball State, 74-69-69–212  (-1); T3. Scott Langley, Illinois, 73-71-69–213 (E); T3. Luke Guthrie, Illinois, 71-70-69–213 (E); 5. Kevin Phelan, North Florida 72-72-71–215 (+1)

K-State Individuals:
T40. Curtis Yonke, 76-73-77–226 (+13); T54. Ben Juffer, 75-71-83–229 (+16);  T62. Thomas Birdsey, 77-79-75–231 (+18) T69. Jack Watson, 77-77-80–234 (+21); T80. Tyler Norris, 82-89-80—251 (+38).