K-State in Sixth at Kansas Invitational

Kyle Smell

Sept. 20, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team wrapped up the first day of the Kansas Invitational in sixth place, with sophomore Ben Juffer in a tie for third individually, at the par 72, 7,092-yard Alvamar Golf Club.

The Wildcats were tied for second with Nebraska after shooting a 2-over par 290 in the tournament's opening round, but fell back to sixth place after carding a 13-over par 301 in round two. K-State sits just 10 strokes out of second and six strokes out of third heading into the final round of play Tuesday morning.

"We showed some progress this morning," said head coach Tim Norris. "Tomorrow, we have got to come out and be a little bit sharper. I think we lost a lot of strokes around the greens and on the greens. These greens are big so you have to be on top of your putting game."

Nebraska sits atop the team leaderboard at 2-over par 578, while the Huskers' Scott Willman leads all individuals at 4-under par 140.

Juffer led the way for the Wildcats as he fired the lowest score in the first round at 5-under par 67. He enters the final round at 2-under par 142, two strokes behind Willman.

Wildcat freshman Thomas Birdsey fired rounds of 73 and 75 for a total of 4-over par 148, which was good to tie for 24th. Sophomore Curtis Yonke sits in tie for 35th after his rounds of 72 and 78.

Freshman Jack Watson, who finished at 10-over par 154, is in a three-way tie for 57th. Chase Chamberlin, a product of Lawrence, Kan., rounded out the Wildcat lineup as he bettered his first-round score of 80 by five strokes in round two, finishing the day at 11-over par 155.

Junior Kyle Smell, who leads all players that are competing as individuals only, sits in a tie for 11th after carding rounds of 70 and 74 to finish the day at even-par 144. Senior Jason Schulte, who is also competing only as an individual, finished his day in a tie for 30th at 5-over par 149.

"We had some good scores today and that is encouraging, but we will have to work harder and play better if we want to be at the top," Norris said.

Round three of the Kansas Invitational is scheduled for a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Final results will be posted on www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available.

Kansas Invitational
Lawrence, Kan.
Alvamar Golf Club
Par 72/7,092 yards

Team Scores: 1. Nebraska, 290-288-578 (+2); 2. Oklahoma City, 292-289-581 (+5); 3. Missouri State, 292-293-585 (+9); 4. UMKC, 294-292-586 (+10); 5. Oral Roberts, 287-302-589 (+13); 6. Kansas State, 290-301-591 (+15); 7. Kansas, 291-303-594 (+18); 8. Drake, 297-298-595 (+19); T9. Louisiana-Lafayette, 302-294-596 (+20); T9. ULM, 302-294-596 (+20); 11. South Dakota State, 297-305-602 (+26); 12. Creighton, 308-298-606 (+30); 13. SIU Edwardsville, 295-313-608 (+32); 14. Jacksonville, 300-313-613 (+37); 15. Western Kentucky, 317-309-626 (+50).

Top Individuals: 1. Scott Willman, Nebraska, 72-68-140 (-4); 2. Gustaf Kocken, ULM, 69-72-141 (-3); T3. Ben Juffer, K-State, 67-75-142 (-2); T3.Clark Collier, Oklahoma City, 71-71--142 (-2) T5. Six Players, 143 (-1).

K-State Individuals: T3. Ben Juffer, 67-75-142 (-2); T11. Kyle Smell*, 70-74--144 (E); T24. Thomas Birdsey, 73-75-148 (+4); T30. Jason Schulte*, 75-74-149 (+5); T35. Curtis Yonke, 72-78-150 (+6); T57. Jack Watson, 78-76-154 (+10); T60. Chase Chamberlin, 80-75--155 (+11).

*Denotes competing as an individual