Wildcats Take Home Title

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team finished strong Tuesday as it took home the tournament title at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate after firing a 1-over par 569 at the par 71 7,363-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course.

The victory at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate marked the first time in school history the Wildcats won the same event two years in a row.

"We had some low scores today," said head coach Tim Norris. "If you are playing that type of golf out here, I can only see it translate into success down the road. The course was set up pretty difficult today and all the pressure was on us. I hope this can be a shot in the arm to the guys because we were able to use this tournament last year to go on and have a really great fall season."

The Wildcats finished 22 strokes ahead of in-state foe Kansas, which finished in second place with a 23-over par 591 in off-and-on rainy conditions. After beginning the final round in second place, Illinois State finished with a 28-over par 596 for a third-place finish. UMKC placed fourth with a combined score of 31-over par 599. Florida Gulf Coast and Western Illinois finished in a tie for fifth place after each school carded a 42-over par 610.

Coming off a tough tournament to start the 2009-10 season at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, senior Joe Ida rebounded to bring home the first individual title of his career by carding a 2-under 140.

"Joe Ida is a good, hard-working guy and has been playing really well," said Norris. "He went to Indiana last week and was just off by a little bit, so it was really nice to see him come back and finish the deal today."

"I practiced all week on trying to get back to basics after the last tournament and it paid off," said Ida. "I hit the ball a lot better this week, there's no doubt about it. When you play on a day like yesterday, that was the key - to keep the ball in play - and luckily I was able to do that."

Finishing in second place was K-State senior Mitchell Gregson, who carded a 1-under par 141. Gregson, who was named a top-50 player to watch this season by GolfWorld, has recorded top-five finishes in both of K-State's events this fall.

Kyle Peterman of Western Illinois and Nate Barbee of Kansas tied for third at even-par 142. Peterman was awarded the third-place trophy by finishing with a final-round score of 72, one stroke ahead of Barbee.

Joe Kinney continued his good start to the season for K-State, finishing seventh after shooting a 4-over par 146 in the 36-hole event.

Freshman Curtis Yonke and junior Jason Schulte, who was playing as an individual, tied for eighth place with Bryan Hackenberg of Kansas after each carded a 5-over par 147.

After carding a first-round score of 9-over par 80, freshman Chase Chamberlin rebounded with an even-par 71 to finish with a combined score of 9-over par 151 to tie for 18th.

Ross Geubelle fired a 15-over par 157 and finished in a tie for 33rd. Freshman Ben Juffer finished in a tie for 40th after shooting an 18-over par 160.

Following a week off, the Wildcats will compete in the Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 5 and 6, at Wolf Run Golf Course  in Reno, Nev.

Manhattan, Kan.
Colbert Hills Golf Club
Par 71 7,363 yards

Team Scores: 1. Kansas State, 287-282-569 (+1); 2. Kansas, 297-3294-591 (+23); 3. Illinois State, 295-301-596 (+28); 4. UMKC, 302-297-599 (+31);  T5. Western Illinois, 308-302-610 (+42); T5. Florida Gulf Coast, 321-289-610 (+42); 7. Missouri State, 315-300-615 (+47); 8. Oral Roberts, 317-300-617 (+49); 9. South Dakota State, 338-303-641 (+73).

Top Individuals: 1. Joe Ida, Kansas State, 70-70-140 (-2); 2. Mitchell Gregson, Kansas State, 71-70-141 (-1); T3. Kyle Peterman, Western Illinois, 70-72-142 (E); T3. Nate Barbee, Kansas, 69-73-142 (E);

Other K-State Individuals: T7. Joe Kinney, 75-71-146 (+4); T8. *Jason Schulte, 74-73-147 (+5); T8. Curtis Yonke, 71-76-147 (+5); T18. Chase Chamberlin, 80-71-151 (+9); T33. *Ross Geubelle, 81-76-157 (+15); T40. Ben Juffer, 83-77-160 (+18)