Wildcats Place Eighth in Season-Opening Event

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team carded a 14-over par 302 Tuesday to finish eighth in the Saint Mary's Invitational at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club on Tuesday. The Wildcats finished the event at 23-over par 887, just one stroke shy of Long Beach State.

"It was a disappointing finish this week, but I did see some good things," head coach Grant Robbins said. "The guys played hard, but we just cannot afford to throw away shots like we did."

The Wildcats were led by Matt Green, who tied for 17th place at 1-over par 219 after carding a 5-over par 77 on Tuesday. Two shots behind him were Seth Smith and Hank Simpson, who tied for 22nd at 7-over par 3-over par 221. Smith fired a 1-over par in Tuesday's final round, while Simpson was 2-over par.

Connor Knabe tied for 65th at 15-over par 231, while freshman Trent Evans tied for 77th at 19-over par 235.

San Diego won the team competition with an even-par score of 864. The Toreros held off host school Saint Mary's by one stroke. San Diego's Mathias Dahl captured the individual crown with a score of 7-under par 209. San Francisco's Jobim Carlos finished one stroke behind him at 6-under par 210.

"I like the way this team works and competes, and that's all you can ask for. It's our job as coaches to get these guys better, and we will." Robbins said.

Kansas State returns to action September 29-30, as the Wildcats participate in the Jack Nicklaus Invitational held at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.

Saint Mary's Invitational
Monterey, Calif.
Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club
Par 72, 7,104 Yards

Team Scores:
1. San Diego, 293-282-289--864 (E); 2. Saint Mary's, 281-289-295--865 (+1); 3. San Francisco, 297-282-292--871 (+7); 4. Fresno State, 299-283-295--877 (+13); 5. Santa Clara, 295-289-294--878 (+14); 6. Pacific, 298-284-297--879 (+15); 7. Long Beach State, 296-290-30--886 (+22); 8. Kansas State, 290-295-302--887 (+23); 9. Loyola-Marymount, 289-301-303--893 (+29); 10. UC Davis, 304-290-30--894 (+30); 11. Cal Poly, 302-298-297--897 (+33); 12. Florida Gulf Coast, 302-294-302--898 (+34); 13. Boise State, 301-303-301--905 (+41); 14. Cal State Northridge, 311-299-303--913 (+49); 15. Cal State Fullerton, 310-305-300--915 (+51); 16. UC Riverside, 303-309-307--919 (+55).

Top Individuals: 1. Mathias Dahl, San Diego, 72-65-72--209 (-7); 2. Jobim Carlos, San Francisco, 71-69-70--210 (-6); 3. Mat Lee, Pacific, 73-69-69--211 (-5); T4. Jonathan De Los Reyes, Saint Mary's, 70-69-74--213 (-3); T4. Michael Pugh, Fresno State, 75-71-67--213 (-3); T4. Kevin Tech, Long Beach State, 74-67-72--213 (-3).
 
K-State Individuals: T17. Matt Green, 71-71-77--219 (+3); T22. Hank Simpson, 73-74-74--221 (+5); T22. Seth Smith, 72-76-73--221 (+5); T65. Connor Knabe, 79-74-78--231 (+15); T77. Trent Evans, 74-81-80--235 (+19).