Cats in First Place after Day One at Colbert Intercollegiate

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Battling through wet and windy conditions throughout the early part of the afternoon, the Kansas State men's golf team fired a 3-over par 287 to take the lead Monday after one round of the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at the par 71, 7,636-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course.

The event was reduced to a 36-hole event after heavy rains canceled Monday's morning round.  The field began the afternoon round in a light rain but the day ended in sunshine with a steady north wind.  The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday morning as the Wildcats look to claim the tournament title for the second-straight year.

"I thought the guys did extremely well dealing with the weather today since we have been blessed with great weather so far this fall," said head coach Tim Norris. "There was a north wind today and we usually don't play Colbert Hills with a north wind. So the guys had a few holes where they had to take a step back and think about their shots a little more, and they did a really good job of adapting. The guys did well today since there really isn't an easy hole on the course to start on."

The Wildcats are eight strokes ahead of second-place Illinois State. In-state rival Kansas is in third after carding a 13-over par 297, while UMKC is fourth with an 18-over par 302. Western Illinois rounded out the top-five on day one with a 24-over par 308.

Nate Barbee of Kansas was the individual leader after the first round at 2-under par 69. K-State senior Joe Ida was tied for second place after shooting a 1-under par 70. Kyle Peterman of Western Illinois also shot 70.

"Last week Joe (Ida) was a matter of feet away from taking some strokes off his score," said Norris. "He came out with a great round today. He birdied the 18th hole, which was his second to last hole of the day."

Mitchell Gregson, who is coming off a top-five finish at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, is tied for fourth place after shooting an even-par 71 in Monday's round.

Playing in his first collegiate event, freshman Curtis Yonke turned in a great performance with a 71, joining Gregson for fourth heading into Tuesday.

"Curtis has played the course a lot over the years but never with the north wind that we had today," said Norris. "I think he did a really good job of coming back after he double-bogeyed his first hole of collegiate golf. He is hitting the ball strong and I think he looking forward to playing tomorrow and trying to keep the individual trophy in Riley County."

Junior Jason Schulte, playing as an individual, is tied for eighth after carding a 3-over par 74. Joe Kinney turned in a 4-over par 75 and is tied for 11th place heading into the final round.

Chase Chamberlin posted a 9-over par 80 and is tied for 30th place, while junior Ross Geubelle is tied for 32nd place after carding a 10-over par 81.

Playing in his first tournament as Wildcat, freshman Ben Juffer shot a 12-over par 83 and is tied for 43rd place.

The Wildcats conclude the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start on Tuesday. Finals results of the tournament will be available at www.k-statesports.com.

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

Team Scores: 1. Kansas State, 287 (+3); 2. Illinois State, 295 (+11); 3. Kansas, 297 (+13); 4. UMKC, 302 (+18);  5. Western Illinois, 308 (+24); 6. Missouri State, 315 (+31); 7. Oral Roberts, 317 (+33); 8. Florida Gulf Coast, 321 (+37); 9. South Dakota State, 338 (+54).

Top Individuals: 1. Nate Barbee, Kansas, 59 (-2); T2. Joe Ida, K-State, 70 (-1); T2. Kyle Peterman, Western Illinois, 70 (-1); T4. Mitchell Gregson, K-State, 71 (E); T4. Curtis Yonke, 71 (E).

Other K-State Individuals: T8. Jason Schulte, 74 (+3)*; T11. Joe Kinney, 75 (+4); T30. Chase Chamberlin, 80 (+9); T32. Ross Geubelle, 81 (+10); T43. Ben Juffer, 83 (+12).

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