Freshmen Shine at Jim Colbert Intercollegiate

Jack Watson

Sept. 28, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team took second place, with a pair of Wildcat freshmen finishing in the top-three individually, following the final round of the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon at the par 72, 7,525-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course.

The Wildcats started the day in a tie for second with UMKC, and they were able to pull ahead by four strokes in the tournament’s final round to gain sole possession of second with a 34-over par 898. Central Arkansas was able to hold off K-State, carding a 25-over par 889 to take home first-place honors.

“I wish it would have been better,” said head coach Tim Norris. “The guys were in contention going into the last round, and we came up just a little bit short. Central Arkansas is a good team. I knew when I invited them that they would be great competition. They just did a little bit better than we did this week.”

Freshman Jack Watson, who was competing as an individual, finished second, firing an even-par 72 on his final round to finish at 2-under 214. Fellow freshman Thomas Birdsey finished just one shot back of Watson at 1-under par 215 to grab third place, marking his second straight top-15 finish.

Senior Jason Schulte also notched a top-10 finish, carding a 9-over par 225 to place 10th. Sophomore Ben Juffer finished in a tie for 12th for the second straight week, ending the tournament at 10-over par. Junior Kyle Smell and sophomore Curtis Yonke rounded out the K-State team lineup as both finished in a tie for 35th at 21-over par 237.

“We are a work in progress, but this tournament shows that we have some good young guys that I think are going to be good for a long time,” Norris said. “I don’t think they have played their best golf possible by any means. It is a positive, but we would have liked to win. That never gets old.”

In addition to Watson, four other Wildcats also competed as individuals. Freshman David Klaudt cracked the top-15 with his tie for 15th at 14-over par 230. Senior Ross Geubelle and sophomore Chase Chamberlin both finished in a tie for 30th at 19-over, while freshman Tyler Norris finished in 45th.

“The freshmen have really picked right up here and shown a lot of progress and growth, so that’s the good side,” Norris said. “The bad side is that some of our veterans are struggling a little bit, but that is the nature of golf. It is a game of peaks and valleys. Hopefully your peaks last longer than your valleys and your valleys are not very low. “

Next action for the Wildcats comes when K-State travels to Akron, Ohio, to compete in the Firestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, October 11-12.

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

Team Scores: 1. Central Arkansas, 299-290-300–889 (+25); 2. Kansas State, 305-289-300–898 (+34); 3. UMKC, 296-298308–902 (+38); 4. Drake, 312-300-299–911 (+47); 5. Creighton, 313-298-313–924 (+60); 6. UC Riverside, 309-303-317–929 (+65); 7. South Dakota State, 306-312-312–930 (+66).

Top Individuals: 1. Gideon Pienaar, Central Arkansas, 72-65-74–211 (-5); 2. Jack Watson*, K-State, 70-72-72–214 (-2); 3. Thomas Birdsey, K-State, 77-65-73–215 (-1); T4. Steven Lecuyer, Central Arkansas, 73-75-73—221 (+5); T4. *Antonio Costa, Central Arkansas, 78-70-73–221 (+5).

K-State Individuals: 2. Jack Watson*, 70-72-72–214 (-2); 3. Thomas Birdsey, 77-65-73–215 (-1);  T10. Jason Schulte, 74-73-78–225 (+9); T12. Ben Juffer, 75-74-77–226 (+10); T15. David Klaudt*, 78-80-72–230 (+14);  T30. Ross Geubelle*, 75-77-83–235 (+19); T30. Chase Chamberlin*, 75-80-80–235 (+19); T35. Curtis Yonke, 79-77-81–237 (+21); T35. Kyle Smell, 84-77-76—237 (+21); Tyler Norris*, 88-75-83–246 (+30).

*Denotes competing as an individual