K-State, Pair of Freshmen, in Tie for Second at Colbert Hills

Thomas Birdsey

Sept. 27, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team wrapped up the first two rounds of the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate in a tie for second place, with freshmen Thomas Birdsey and Jack Watson tied for second individually, at the par 72, 7,525-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course.

The Wildcats, who are tied with UMKC at 18-over par 594, sit five shots back of team leader Central Arkansas, which shot a 13-over par 589, heading into Tuesday’s final round of play.

Birdsey and Watson, who is playing as an individual, each fired a 2-under par 142 over their first two rounds of play. Central Arkansas’ Gideon Pienaar sits atop the leaderboard at 7-under par 137. Birdsey and Pienaar, who were both in the same pairing, tied for the low round on the day as each carded a 7-under par 65 in round two. 

“We had our moments today,” said head coach Tim Norris. “Obviously, the highlight was Thomas’ 65. I guess he and his playing partner sucked all of the birdies out of the golf course and put them in one group. Jack Watson is right up there too. He played very solid today. It was gratifying to see the freshmen play that well and have a chance to win the tournament tomorrow.”

K-State had five players crack the top 20, with seniors Jason Schulte and Ross Geubelle and sophomore Ben Juffer joining Birdsey and Watson. Schulte sits in sixth place at 3-over par, while Juffer is in a three-way tie for 13th at 5-over. Geubelle, who is playing as an individual, finished the day in a tie for 16th at 8-over par 152.

Sophomore Curtis Yonke and junior Kyle Smell rounded out the K-State scoring lineup as Yonke sits in a tie for 24th at 12-over par 156, while Smell carded a 17-over par 161 to put him in 40th heading into round three.

Among the rest of the Wildcats playing as individuals, senior Ross Geubelle shot an 11-over par 155 to put himself in a tie for 22nd. Freshman David Klaudt sits in a tie for 33rd at 14-over par, while fellow freshman Tyler Norris rounds out K-State’s entrants in a tie for 42nd at 19-over.

“This course is just an adventure every day,” Norris said. “Even with great weather like we had today, one or two shots can ruin your score. Hopefully we can minimize the mistakes and capitalize on the good shots. The course conditions were so good today, and hopefully we can take advantage tomorrow.”

Round three of the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate is scheduled for a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Final results will be posted on www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available.

Jim Colbert Intercollegiate
Manhattan, Kan.
Colbert Hills Golf Course
Par 72/7,525 yards

Team Scores: 1. Central Arkansas, 299-290–589 (+13); T2. Kansas State, 305-289–594 (+18); T2. UMKC, 296-298–594 (+18); 4. Creighton, 313-298–611 (+18); T5. Drake, 312-300–612 (+36); T5. UC Riverside, 309-303–612 (+36); 7. South Dakota State, 306-312–618 (+42).

Top Individuals: 1.  Gideon Pienaar, Central Arkansas, 72-65–137 (-7); T2. Thomas Birdsey, K-State, 77-65–142 (-2); T2. *Jack Watson, K-State, 70-72–142 (-2); 4.Jack Fiscus, UMKC, 71-74—145 (+1); 5. Ben Freeman, Drake, 75-71–146 (+2).

K-State Individuals: T2. Thomas Birdsey, 77-65–142 (-2); T2. Jack Watson*, 70-72–142 (-2); 6. Jason Schulte, 74-73–147 (+3); T13. Ben Juffer, 75-74–149 (+5); T16. Ross Geubelle*, 75-77–152 (+8); T22. Chase Chamberlin*, 75-80–155 (+11); T24. Curtis Yonke, 79-77–156 (+12); T33. David Klaudt*, 78-80–158 (+14); 40. Kyle Smell, 84-77—161 (+17); Tyler Norris*, 88-75–163 (+19).

*Denotes competing as an individual