K-State Finishes Sixth at Kansas Invitational

Thomas Birdsey

Sept. 21, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team finished in a tie for sixth following the final round of play at the Kansas Invitational Tuesday afternoon at the par 72, 7,092-yard Alvamar Golf Club.

The Wildcats began the day in sixth place after shooting a 15-over par 591 over the first two rounds of play, and they were able to maintain that position after carding an 8-over par 296 in the tournament’s final round. K-State finished just one shot back of fifth-place team Louisiana-Monroe and seven shots back of Missouri State, which took fourth.

“I saw some positive things today,” said head coach Tim Norris. “I think that the guys did a little bit better job and the scores reflected that. I thought we were a little bit more at ease with the golf course today. This course has its idiosyncrasies, but that is all part of the game – trying to learn the course as fast as you can so that on the first hole of the tournament, you are ready to go.” 

Oklahoma City University took home top team honor, finishing the tournament with a 1-over par 865, 11 shots better than second-place Nebraska. ULM’s Gustaf Kocken won the individual title, carding a 4-under par 212.

Junior Kyle Smell, who carded the best score of any golfer competing as an individual, placed the highest of any Wildcat, finishing the tournament in eighth place at 1-over par 217. Senior Jason Schulte also faired well, finishing third best among those competing individually and tying for 26th overall.

A pair of Wildcats – freshman Thomas Birdsey and sophomore Ben Juffer – each notched the first top-15 finish of their young careers as they tied for 12th with Oklahoma City’s Elliot Groves at 3-over par 219. Sophomore Curtis Yonke also had a strong outing, carding an 8-over par 224 to finish in a tie for 30th.

Rounding out the K-State lineup were sophomore Chase Chamberlin and freshman Jack Watson as both finished in a four-way tie for 54th at 14-over par 230.

“I told the team afterwards that I see a lot of mistakes, but they are correctable mistakes,” Norris said. “I thought the effort was there, we just need a little bit better execution.”

Kansas State hosts the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, September 27-28, at Colbert Hills Golf Club. The tournament is free to attend, and the public is encouraged to come out and support K-State golf.

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

Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma City, 292-289-284–865 (+1); 2. Nebraska, 290-288-298–876 (+12); 3. UMKC, 294-292-292–878 (+12); 4. Missouri State, 292-293-295–880 (+16); 5. ULM, 302-294-290–880 (+22); T6. Kansas State, 290-301-296–887 (+23); T6. Kansas, 291-303-293–887 (+23); 8. Louisiana-Lafayette, 302-294-293–889 (+25); 9. Oral Roberts, 287-302-302–891 (+27); 10. South Dakota State, 297-305-298–900 (+36); 11. Drake, 297-298-312–907 (+43); 12. Creighton, 308-298-313–919 (+55); 13. Jacksonville, 300-313-307–920 (+56); 14. SIU Edwardsville, 295-313-318–926 (+62); 15. Western Kentucky, 317-309-315–941 (+77).

Top Individuals: 1. Gustaf Kocken, ULM, 69-72-71–212 (-4); 2. Sondre Ronold, Oklahoma City, 69-74-71–214 (-2); T3. Mike Coatman, Nebraska, 68-75-72–215 (-1); T3. Andrew Wyatt, Nebraska, 74-69-72—215 (-1); T3. Korbin Kuehn, UMKC, 72-72-71—215 (-1).

K-State Individuals: T8. Kyle Smell*, 70-74-73—217 (+1); T12. Ben Juffer, 67-75-77–219 (+3); T12. Thomas Birdsey, 73-75-71–219 (+3); T26. Jason Schulte*, 75-74-74–223 (+7); T30. Curtis Yonke, 72-78-74–224 (+8); T54. Jack Watson, 78-76-76–230 (+14); T54. Chase Chamberlin, 80-75-75—230 (+14).

*Denotes competing as an individual