Kansas State Finishes Ninth at Braveheart Classic

Beaumont, Calif. - The Kansas State men's golf team carded its best score of the Braveheart Classic during the final 18 holes Tuesday, finishing ninth with a score of 320-313-303-936 (+72) on the par 72, 6,916-yard Oak Valley Country Club.

"We're not far off, but the fact is that we are still off," head coach Tim Norris said. "We played a little bit better in stretches, but this was a tough golf course. Any weakness in your game was exploited."

Jacksonville took home the team title, finishing with a score of 32-over par 896. The No. 85 (Golfweek) Dolphins finished nine strokes ahead of No. 12 UCLA, who shot 41-over par 905.

Individually, a trio Jacksonville teammates occupied the top three spots, as Matt Kleinrock edged out teammate Russel Knox for individual honors by shooting a 4-over par 220. Knox finished with a three-round score of 7-over par 223 and Duncan Stewart finished third at 8-over par 224.

K-State freshman Joe Ida recorded a career-high finish as he tied for 11th at 13-over par 229 (79-75-75), only one stroke away from a tie for sixth. The Fort Scott, Kan., native, bested his career-high finished of 12th at the Lochinvar Challenge and has now led the Wildcats on two occasion in his young career.

Kyle Yonke, coming off his worst placing of the season at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate, tied for 30th with a 20-over par 236. It was the fifth event this year that he has finished at least second among his teammates.

Joe Kinney and Mitchell Gregson tied for 49th at 22-over par 238, and Jay Kramer tied for 69th at 27-over par 243.

Kansas State will be back in action Monday and Tuesday, March 12-13, as they take part in the Fresno State Lexus Classic at Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno, Calif.

Braveheart Classic
Beaumont, Calif.
Oak Valley Country Club
Par 72 / 6,916  yards
Team Scores:
1. Jacksonville, 312-295-289896 (+32); 2. UCLA, 308-297-300905 (+41); 3. Utah, 314-311-299924 (+60); T4. Portland, 314-296-316926 (+62); T4. Southern Utah, 316-312-298926 (+62); 6. Cal State Northridge, 313-305-309927 (+63); 7. UC Riverside, 324-307-300931 (+67); 8. Weber State, 322-306-304932 (+68); 9. K-State, 320-313-303936 (+72); 10. Boise State, 320-314-303937 (+73); 11. Idaho, 322-309-311942 (+78); 12. Sacramento State, 325-314-307946 (+82); 13. Texas Pan American, 330-316-308954 (+90); 14. Utah State, 320-322-315957 (+93); 15. Gonzaga, 334-309-323966 (+102); 16. Penn, 334-326-310970 (+106); 17. Idaho State, 341-332-317990 (+126).

Top Individuals: 1. Matt Kleinrock, Jacksonville, 78-73-69-220 (+4); 2. Russel Knox, Jacksonville, 77-75-71-223 (+7); 3. Duncan Stewart, Jacksonville, 77-72-75-224 (+8); 4. James Lee, UCLA, 75-76-75-226 (+10); 5. Brandon Christianson, UCLA, 77-72-78-227 (+11).

K-State Individuals: T11. Joe Ida, 79-75-75-229 (+13); T30. Kyle Yonke, 81-78-77-236 (+20); T44. Mitchell Gregson, 76-81-81-238 (+22); T44. Joe Kinney, 85-79-74-238 (+22); T69. Jay Kramer, 84-82-77-243 (+27).