Wildcats Capture Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Title

Daniel Wood

Oct. 2, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team carded a tournament-best score 4-over par 292 on Tuesday to capture the team championship in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at the par-72, 7,525-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course. The Wildcats placed all five members of their scoring lineup in the top 15 on their way to a 37-over 901, besting second-place finisher Idaho by 11 shots.

Tuesday’s win was the second victory in the last five tournaments for the Wildcats, whose most recent championship came in last spring's Wyoming Cowboy Classic.  It was also the Wildcats’ first Jim Colbert Intercollegiate championship since 2009.

“This was a really good win for us at a good time,” said head coach Tim Norris. “We have not won this event in several years, and I think our guys really circled this one as far as putting a good effort together. When you play on your home course, you have to try to not do too much or get too fancy. You just have got to play your normal game. I thought the guys did really well.”

Junior Daniel Wood and seniors Curtis Yonke and Ben Juffer paced the Wildcats in the event, each finishing in the top five. The trio entered the final round in the top 10 and were able to maintain that position by carding solid scores over the final 18 holes.

Wood recorded a final round 3-over 75 to finish the tournament in second place, one stroke behind individual winner Daily Young of Missouri State. Wood posted an overall score of 4-over 220 for his first top-five finish of the season.

After firing an opening round 71 -- K-State’s best 18-hole score of the tournament -- Yonke battled back from a rocky second-round 78 to record a 1-over 73 in round three. The Overland Park, Kan., native ended the tournament in third place at 6-over 222, marking the second time that Yonke has had a top-5 finish in his collegiate career.

Juffer carded a 5-over 77 on Tuesday to move up the leaderboard one spot after the first two rounds and finish in sixth place. Overall, Juffer recorded a 10-over 226 and ended the tournament one spot behind Idaho golfer Gordon Webb for fifth place.

Rounding out the scoring lineup for K-State were junior Alex Carney and freshman Matt Green, each of whom recorded a 19-over 235 to finish in a four-way tie for 13th place. Tuesday’s top-20 finish was the second for both golfers this season.

Competing as individuals, juniors David Klaudt and Tyler Norris earned top-20 finishes, with Klaudt placing in a tie for sixth place with Idaho’s Sean McMullen and Norris tying with Johnny Spellerberg of Creighton for 19th place. Overall, Klaudt tallied an 11-over 227, while Norris carded a 22-over 238.

K-State will be back in action next Monday and Tuesday, October 8-9, as it will compete in the 2012 Firestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.  

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

Team Scores: 1. Kansas State, 301-308-292—901 (+37); 2. Idaho, 308-304-300—912 (+48); 3. Valparaiso, 321-318-299—938 (+74); 4. Missouri State, 311-326-302—939 (+75); 5. Creighton, 314-328-309—949 (+85); 6. Southern Illinois, 324-323-306—953 (+89); 7. Nebraska Omaha, 315-332-312—959 (+95); T8. Western Illinois, 328-332-308—968 (+104); T8. Drake, 325-331-312—968 (+104)

Top Individuals: 1. Daily Young, Missouri State, 72-77-70—219 (+3); 2. Daniel Wood, Kansas State, 75-73-72—220 (+4); 3. Curtis Yonke, Kansas State, 71-78-73—222 (+6); 4. Gordon Webb, Idaho, 78-77-70—225 (+9); 5. Ben Juffer, Kansas State, 77-75-74—226 (+10)

K-State Individuals: T6. David Klaudt*, 78-75-74—227 (+11); T13. Alex Carney, 79-83-73—235 (+19); T13. Matt Green, 78-82-75—235 (+19); T19. Tyler Norris*, 83-81-74—238 (+22); 40. Hank Simpson*, 85-83-78—246 (+30); T43. Conner Schrock*, 83-88-77—248 (+32)

*Indicates competed as individual