Wildcats Struggle on Day One

STOCKTON, Calif. - Coming into the Pacific Invitational as the defending champions, the Kansas State men's golf team struggled in the opening round as the Wildcats carded an even-par 284 and are in ninth place at the par 71, 6,757-yard Brookside Country Club.

The Wildcats will need a rally over the next two rounds to collect their fifth top-five finish of the fall, but they are just five strokes back of fourth place.

"The weather was absolutely perfect today," said head coach Tim Norris. "We would have liked to be a little sharper today, but if we get a couple more putts to fall and some other shots closer to the green, it could have been better. We still have 36-holes left to play and we have not started strong in any of the tournaments this fall except for our home tournament.

"I know the guys realize there is a lot of golf left. We were very close today, and when the weather is this good and the scoring conditions are this good, you really have to be on. I think we will be alright. The guys are playing well. Joe Kinney had a great start on the front nine. This is the first time for Jason (Schulte) and Curtis (Yonke) so they will have a better feel for the golf course when they play these next two rounds."

Oregon and UC Davis are tied for first place at 11-under par 273. Pacific is five strokes off the lead and sits in third place with a 6-under par 278. In fourth place is Brigham Young at 5-under par 279, while St. Mary's is in fifth place after firing a 4-under par 280.

Tyler Raber of UC Davis and Eugene Wong of Oregon are tied atop the individual leaderboard at 7-under par 64.

The Wildcats were led by senior Mitchell Gregson, who finished the day tied for 10th place after firing a 2-under par 69. The 69 is Gregson's seventh round under par this fall season.

"It was a pretty average day for Mitch," said Norris. "I know he will be the first one to say that it could have even better, but with this course there is not a lot to separate yourself from the pack with the conditions this good."

In a tie for 18th place is Kinney, who scored a 1-under par 70 in the opening round. Senior Joe Ida fired an even-par 71 and is tied for 22nd.

Schulte is in 51st place as he carded a 3-over par 74. Yonke carded a 5-over par 76 and is tied for 55th place. 

The Wildcats look to rally back in the second round on Tuesday with a 10 a.m. (CT) start with golfers teeing off from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. Live scoring will be provided by golfstat.com.

Stockton, Calif.
Brookside Country Club
Par 71 6,757 yards 

Team Scores: T1. Oregon, 273 (-11); T1. UC Davis, 273 (-11); 3. Pacific, 278 (-6); 4. Brigham Young, 279 (-5); 5. St Mary's, 280 (-4); T6. Fresno State, 281 (-3); T6. Denver, 281 (-3); 8.Cal State Northridge, 282 (-2); 9. Kansas State, 284 (E); 10. Cal State Fullerton, 287 (+3); 11. Sacramento State, 288 (+4); 12. San Jose State, 296 (+12)

Top Individuals: T1. Tyler Rabner, UC Davis, 64 (-7); T1. Eugene Wong, Oregon, 64 (-7); .T3. Robbie Fillmore, Brigham Young, 65 (-6); T3. Austin Graham, UC Davis, 65 (-6); 5. Benjamin Bauch, Pacific, 66 (-5).

K-State Individuals: T10. Mitchell Gregson, 69 (-2); T18. Joe Kinney, 70 (1); T22. Joe Ida, 71 (E); 51. Jason Schulte, 74 (+3); T54. Curtis Yonke, 76 (+5).

* Competing as an individual 

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