Smith Leading After Two Rounds of Firestone Invitational

AKRON, Ohio - Kansas State sophomore men's golfer Seth Smith currently resides in first place after carding a 4-under par 140 through the first two rounds of the Firestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club on Monday. As a team, the Wildcats sit in sixth place with a 36-hole score of 14-over par 590.
"Seth played really well today," said head coach Grant Robbins. "He struck the ball well and played with confidence, which is what we've seen from him in practice."
Smith holds a one-stroke lead over a pair of golfers tied for second and is two strokes ahead of a tie for fourth going into Tuesday's final round. At the end of the first round, Smith trailed first place by two strokes with a 4-under par 68 only to grab the lead after an even-par second round.

"As a team, we have to get more production from the rest of the lineup," Robbins said. "I thought Hank (Simpson) did a great job grinding and getting the most out of his round, but overall, we have to do a better job of minimizing our mistakes."

Simpson is currently tied for 28th at 4-over par 148, while sophomore Matt Green sits at 5-over par 149, which is tied for 33rd. Sophomore Connor Knabe is tied for 59th and freshman Trent Evans is tied for 75th.

"We are close to having a breakthrough round, and we still have a shot at winning if we can get four guys under par tomorrow, which they are certainly capable of," said Robbins.

As a team, K-State will enter the final round one shot shy of fifth place and seven shots out of fourth after carding a 4-over par 292 in the first round and a 10-over par 298 in the second.

Xavier leads the tournament with a 1-over par 577 followed by a tie for second at 6-over par 582 between Akron and USC Aiken.

The final round of the Firestone Invitational is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. (ET) Tuesday morning. Live stats can be followed on, while final results will be posted on following the conclusion of the event.

Firestone Invitational
Akron, Ohio
Firestone CC
Par 72, 7,125 Yards

Team Scores:
1. Xavier, 287-290--577 (+1); T2. Akron, 297-285--582 (+6); T2. USC Aiken, 289-293--582 (+6); 4. Miami (OH), 289-294--583 (+7); 5. Valparaiso, 296-293--589 (+13); 6. Kansas State, 292-298--590 (+14); 7. Saint Mary's, 293-298--591 (+15); T8. Illinois State, 296-299--595 (+19); T8. Ball State, 302-293--595 (+19); 10. Eastern Michigan, 302-295--597 (+21); 11. Old Dominion, 291-307--598 (+22); 12. College of Charleston, 306-294--600 (+24); 13. WKU, 296-308--604 (+28); 14. Presbyterian, 296-310--606 (+30); 15. Francis Marion, 307-302--609 (+33); 16. Georgetown, 309-301--610 (+34); 17. Ohio, 308-304--612 (+36).

Individual Scores: 1. Seth Smith, Kansas State, 68-72--140 (-4); T2. Jose Montano, Xavier, 69-72--141 (-3); T2. Louis Birchall, Akron, 76-65--141 (-3); T4. Jack Sparling, Miami (OH), 66-76--142 (-2); T4. Axel Ostensson, USCA, 69-73--142 (-2).

K-State Individuals: 1. Seth Smith, 68-72--140 (-4); T28. Hank Simpson, 75-73--148 (+4); T33. Matt Green, 74-75--149 (+5); T59. Connor Knabe, 75-78--153 (+9); T75. Trent Evans, 77-79--156 (+12).