K-State Finishes Fall in Sixth at Pacific Invitational

Curtis Yonke

Nov. 2, 2011

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Kansas State men's golf team concluded its fall schedule by finishing in a tie for sixth in the Pacific Invitational at the par 71, 6,757-yard Brookside Country Club on Wednesday.

The Wildcats tallied a final round score of 11-over par 295 for a 54-hole team score of 21-over par 873. K-State was just one stroke shy of its third top-five team finish in six tournament appearances.

“We put ourselves in a good position this week and that was a really good step,” said head coach Tim Norris. “We had just a few missed opportunities today, but overall it was a very positive week. We just have to get a little bit better. When we do play well, we are a pretty good team.”

Freshman Kyle Weldon closed out his first fall on a high note by firing off a 1-under par 70 to finish in a tie for 18th. Weldon ended the fall as the team’s scoring leader and with a team-best five top-20 finishes.

“Kyle Weldon finished up a great first semester for a freshman golfer,” added Norris. “He went around all of these courses for the first time and did awfully well.”

Curtis Yonke also finished strong by totaling a 2-over par 73 in the third round. Yonke posted a team-best 54-hole score of 3-over par 214 to earn a tie for 12th.

Chase Chamberlin carded a final round 4-over par 75 to earn a tie for 35th, while teammate Ben Juffer finished just one stroke behind to finish in a tie for 38th. Kyle Smell rounded out the scoring lineup by tallying a final round 6-over par 77.

“I think everybody can pull out a lot of positives from this fall season,” summarized Norris. “We just need to get rested up and recharged to get ready for the spring. There is loads of potential for this team, but we need to break through that potential.”

Nevada’s Kevin Lucas birdied the final hole to claim the individual title at 6-under par 207 and consequently forced a playoff for the team title with Oregon State. The Beavers prevailed in the one-hole playoff to capture the team honors at 3-over par 855.

The Wildcats will begin their spring schedule with the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational, Feb. 13-14, at the Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.

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

Team Scores: 1. Oregon State, 279-296-280—855 (+3)*; 2. Nevada, 278-297-280—855 (+3); 3. Colorado State, 280-293-286—859 (+7); 4. Charlotte, 282-296-287—865 (+13); 5. Pacific, 281-303-288—872 (+20); T6. Kansas State, 287-291-295—873 (+21); T6. Denver, 278-306-289—873 (+21); 8. UC-Davis, 289-299-287—875 (+23); 9. Cal Poly, 283-289-299—881 (+29); 10. BYU, 284-303-295—882 (+30); 11. Fresno State, 286-319-284-297—889 (+37); 12. Marquette, 296-304-297—897 (+45).

Top Individuals: 1. Kevin Lucas, Nevada 66-71-70—207 (-6); 2. Alex Moore, Oregon State, 68-70-70—208 (-5); T3. Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State, 69-69-72—210 (-3); T3. Alex Edfort, Pacific, 67-74-69—210 (-3).

K-State Individuals: T12. Curtis Yonke, 71-72-73—143 (+3); T18. Kyle Weldon, 74-73-70—217 (+4); T35. Chase Chamberlin, 69-78-75—222 (+9); T38. Ben Juffer, 73-72-78—223 (+10); T52. Kyle Smell, 80-74-77—231 (+18).

* Won on a one-hole playoff