Kinney Finishes Second at Wolf Pack Classic

RENO, Nev. - Senior Joe Kinney led the 15th-ranked Kansas State men's golf to a strong finish on Tuesday as he recorded a career-best finish at the Wolf Pack Classic.

Kinney, who finished in a tie for second place, propelled the Wildcats to its lowest score of the tournament with a 7-under par 271 final-round score, giving K-State a total score of 9-under par 855 to tie for fourth place with Fresno State.

Kinney had a career performance, posting an 8-under par 208. He propelled himself into the top five with back-to-back scores of 67 in the second and final rounds. The second-place finish is his second top-five finish this season.

"Joe just played great." said head coach Tim Norris. "I am so proud of him. He is off to a great start and I have a lot of optimism the rest of the year for him. We can go east coast, west coast, north or south and he is going to play well. His game is very solid and he is very vital to our team right now."

In-state rival Wichita State won the team title after firing a 17-under par 847 at the par 72, 7,100-yard Wolf Run Golf Club. San Diego finished in second place after carding the lowest round of the tournament with a final-round score of 13-under par 275 to finish at 15-under par 849. Host school Nevada finished ahead of the Wildcats in third place with an 11-under par 853.

Wichita State's Dustin Garza took home the individual title with an 11-under par 205.

Mitchell Gregson fired a 2-under par 214 and finished in a tie for 11th place. Curtis Yonke finished in a tie for 21st place after carding a 2-over par 218.

Jason Schulte finished in a tie for 28th place after shooting a 3-over par 219. Senior Joe Ida carded a 4-over par 220 and ended the tournament tied for 33rd place.

"Curtis had a good tournament and Jason Schulte came right in and counted two of his scores. He made a couple mistakes but made five birdies today, which I will take over 18 pars any day," said Norris. "Our guys are rounding into shape and are really excited about going into the next one."

Playing as an individual, Chase Chamberlin carded a 24-over par 240 and finished tied for 76th.

Next week, the Wildcats will compete in the Firestone Invitational, Oct. 12 and 13, at Firestone Country Club (North Course) in Akron, Ohio.


Reno, Nev.
Wolf Run Golf Club
Par 72 7,100 yards

Team Scores: 1. Wichita State, 283-284-280-847 (-17); 2. San Diego, 291-283-275-849 (-15); 3.Nevada, 280-287-286-853 (-11); T4. Fresno State 287-281-287-855 (-9); T4. Kansas State, 290-284-281-855 (-9); 6. Arizona, 286-291-286-863 (-1); 7. Sacramento State, 292-291-286-869 (+5); 8. New Mexico State, 295-284-294-873 (+9); 9. Idaho, 296-287-294-877 (+13); T10. Gonzaga, 293-295-291-879 (+15) T10. Boise State, 300-291-288-879 (+15); 12. Loyola Marymount, 297-299-285-881 (+17); 13. Portland, 297-297-296-890 (+26)

Top Individuals: 1. Dustin Garza, Wichita State, 67-67-71-205 (-11); T2. Bhavik Patel, Fresno State, 71-67-70-208 (-8) T2. Joe Kinney, Kansas State, 74-67-67-208 (-8); T4. Ryan Hallisey, Nevada, 66-71-72-209 (-7); T4. Jared Becher, Nevada, 69-70-70-209 (-7)

K-State Individuals: T2. Joe Kinney, 74-67-67-208 (-8); T11. Mitchell Gregson, 74-69-71-214 (-2); T33. Joe Ida, 70-75-75-220 (+4); T28. Jason Schulte, 74-73-72-219 (+3); T21. Curtis Yonke, 72-75-71-218 (+2); T76. Chase Chamberlin*, 76-83-81-240 (+24)

* Competing as an individual

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