Wildcats Head West to Compete in the Fresno State Classic

Ben Juffer

March 3, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team will travel to Fresno, Calif., to compete in the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic, Monday and Tuesday, March 7-8. This will be the second tournament of the spring for the Wildcats as they are coming off of a 13th-place finish at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. The event, which will score the top five individuals from the six-man team, will tee off on Monday, Mar. 7 at 7:45 a.m. (PST) with a 36-hole shotgun start. Tuesday's final round will tee-off from No. 1 and No. 10 at 8:00 a.m.(PST).

THE LINEUP: The Wildcats will be led into action by a trio of freshmen in Thomas Birdsey, David Klaudt and Jack Watson. They will be joined by sophomores, Ben Juffer and Curtis Yonke as well as senior Ross Geubelle to round out the scoring lineup. Birdsey and Geubelle were the top two performers for the Cats the last time out. It marks the first time this season that this six-man lineup has been used.

LOOK AT THE FIELD: The 16-team field includes No. 14 San Diego State, No. 21 Duke, BYU, CSU Bakersfield, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas State, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Pacific, Sacramento State, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and UTEP.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Senior Ross Geubelle will try to continue to lead the Cats during the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic. Coming off a team-best 7-over 220 performance in the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational, Geubelle will look to improve upon his last performance and lead the underclassmen by his performance on the course. This will be the fourth time Geubelle has seen action this year and looks to continue his upward improvement and lead the team to success.

FRESNO STATE LEXUS GOLF CLASSIC: Defending team champion BYU and defending BYU individual champion Robbie Fillmore will be looking to retake their spots atop the leaderboard. The Wildcats have competed in the Fresno State Classic on two previous occasions, once in 2007 and once in 2010. In 2007 the Cats finished in 7th place carding a 17-over par 881, including a 283 in the final round which is one of the lowest team rounds in K-State history since 1969.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats were unable to crack the top five during three rounds, finishing in 13th at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. Senior Ross Geubelle was the top performer for the Wildcats, carding an 7-over 220 to put him in a tie for 30th.