Watson Takes Sixth at David Toms Intercollegiate

Thomas Birdsey

Oct. 19, 2010

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Kansas State freshman Jack Watson notched the second top-10 finish of his young career, finishing in a tie for sixth, with the Wildcats taking ninth as a team, Tuesday afternoon following the final round of the David Toms Intercollegiate at the at the par 72, 6,894-yard Country Club of Louisiana.

With just five tournaments as a collegiate golfer under his belt, Watson, who finished second at last month’s Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, has amassed two top-10 finishes in the span of a month. He was able to shoot all three rounds at the David Toms under par, carding back-to-back rounds of 2-under par 70 on day one, followed by a 1-under par 71 in Tuesday’s final round to bring him to 5-under par for the tournament. Watson also had the most birdies of any player in the field, with 17 on the tournament.

The Wildcats, who finished day one in 12th place at 13-over par, were able to claw their way up three spots in the final standings, firing a 1-under par 287 in the tournaments final round to finish in ninth.

“One-under par on the last 36 holes is a step in the right direction,” said head coach Tim Norris. “We are still a long way away from taking home any hardware, but I thought the guys did an excellent job of closing out these last two rounds.”

Host LSU, ranked ninth in the nation, took top team honors at 16-under par, with SEC rival and No. 8 Arkansas close behind in second place at 14-under. Among individuals, LSU’s Austin Gutgsell finished up at 10-under par 206 to win the tournament, trailed by four players tied for second at 6-under.

K-State Freshman Thomas Birdsey had a strong finish on Tuesday, firing off a 4-under par 68 to bring him back to even-par for the tournament. He started the day in a tie for 45th but managed to climb all the way up to a tie for 23rd following a solid final round.

Sophomore Chase Chamberlin finished in a tie for 50th after carding a 6-over 78 in his final round. Freshman David Klaudt got consistently better over the span of his three rounds, starting with a 10-over 82 in round one and ending today with a 1-over par 73 to finish in a tie for 58th. Rounding out the scoring lineup for the Wildcats was sophomore Ben Juffer, ending the tournament in a tie for 68th.

“Hopefully we gained a little bit of momentum this week, but we are still lacking the ability to put together four solid scores at the same time,” Norris said. “When all of our guys play well at the same time its going to be good. We have played on some great golf courses in these last two events, and I think the guys have been challenged and have really had an examination of where their games stand going forward.”

The Wildcats will close out the fall season when they travel to Stockton, Calif., to compete in the Pacific Invitational at the Brookside Country Club, November 1-3.

David Toms Intercollegiate
Baton Rouge
Country Club of Louisiana
Par 72/6,894 yards

Team Scores: 1. LSU, 283-276-289—848 (-16); 2. Arkansas 283-283-284—850 (-14); 3. South Alabama, 284-286-285—855 (-9); T4. Middle Tennessee St., 287-282-297—866 (+2); T4. North Florida, 288-285-293—866 (+2); T6. Mississippi, 288-295-290—873 (+9); T6. Southeastern La., 300-279-294—873 (+9); 8. Louisiana-LaFayette, 293-289-293—875 (+11); 9. K-State, 301-288-287—876 (+12);  10. Mississippi State, 293-285-301—879 (+15);11. UAB, 297-291-295—883 (+19); 12. Louisiana Tech, 294-291-303—888 (+24); 13. Georgia Southern, 304-289-299—892 (+28); 14. Rice, 287-304-302—893 (+29).

Top Individuals: 1. Austin Gutgsell, LSU, 69-68-69—206 (-10); T2. Ken Looper, LSU, 70-67-73—210 (-6); T2. John Peterson, LSU, 73-67-70—210 (-6); T2. Chris Piumelli, South Alabama, 70-72-68—210 (-6); T2. Ethan Tracy, Arkansas, 70-69-71—210 (-6).

K-State Individuals: T6. Jack Watson, 70-70-71—211 (-5); T23. Thomas Birdsey, 74-74-68—216 (E);  T50. Chase Chamberlin, 78-70-78—226 (+10); T58. David Klaudt, 82-74-73—229 (+13); T68. Ben Juffer, 79-79-75—233 (+17).