?Cats Finish Tournament Play in California

FRESNO, Calif. Despite Mitchell Gregson’s round of 69, the Kansas State men’s golf team couldn’t make up ground Tuesday at the Fresno Lexus Classic and finished in a tie for 13th at 8-over par 872. The Wildcats fired a 6-over par 294 at the Fort Washington Country Club Golf Course and were just five strokes out of a top-10 finish, but they were unable to keep up the momentum from Monday’s second round score of 283.


“I think our guys enjoyed the challenge of the course, they just weren’t real sharp,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “With the iron game in particular, we didn’t give ourselves a lot of short birdie putts. There were a couple, but for the most part we had too many bogies from out in the middle of the fairway. Accuracy off the tee wasn’t an issue. Once you did hit the fairway it was time to attack with the scores that were shot here but we didn’t do that.”


San Diego State used a steady day of 1-over par golf to hang on to its lead and top Texas and California for the tournament win. San Diego State’s Matt Hoffenberg and Texas’ Charlie Holland tied for first individually at 9-under par 207. Texas had three of the top five individuals at the tournament.


“We had one really good team score and two poor ones,” Norris said. “That’s where that puts you with the caliber of competition we were up against.


Joe Ida was the top Wildcat finisher in the tournament after tying for 20th at 2-under par 214. It was his sixth top-20 showing this season in eight tournaments. His score also marked the third time in the last four tournaments that he has finished under par.


Gregson was the only Wildcat Tuesday to drop below 70, firing a 3-under par 69 to place in a tie for 31st. Gregson finished the tournament at even-par 216. He birdied six holes and bogeyed three en route to the second best Wildcat round of the tournament to Ida’s 68 on Monday afternoon. Gregson improved his score each round, the only K-State golfer to do so for the two days.


“Mitch (Gregson) and Joe (Ida) had solid tournaments,” Norris said. “The others had some good rounds in there but we need to be more consistent throughout the tournament. There were some good things came out of this event and we’ve got a period time to get ready for the next one.”


Robert Streb shot a third-round 75 to tie for 52nd at 3-over par 219. Daniel Wood fired an 8-over par 224 and tied for 71st.


Kyle Yonke tied for 80th with a 76-73-77226 (+10). Yonke struggled on the front nine with five bogeys, but he played even-par golf on the back nine to shoot 77.


The Wildcats finished their fourth and final tournament in California this season. Their next action is Friday through Sunday, March 21-23, as they head to Goodyear, Ariz., for the Ron Moore Invitational.  


Fresno Lexus Classic

Fresno, California

Fort Washington Country Club

Par 72, 6,729 yards

Team Scores: 1. San Diego State, 275-277-289841 (-23); T2. California, 287-278-279844 (-20); T2. Texas, 282-276-286844 (-20); 4. Oregon, 286-285-284855 (-9); 5. Pacific, 287-293-282862 (-2); T6. TCU, 288-282-293863 (-1); T6. CSU-Bakersfield, 286-293-284863 (-1); 8. Boise State, 295-281-288864 (E); 9. Loyola Marymount, 287-290-288865 (+1); T10. Portland, 291-285-291867 (+3); T10. Nevada, 283-289-295867 (+3); 12. CSU-Northridge, 286-291-293870 (+6); T13. Kansas State, 295-283-294872 (+8); T13. BYU, 291-289-292872 (+8); 15. Santa Clara, 287-296-297880 (+16); 16. Fresno State, 295-293-293881 (+17); 17. Idaho, 302-295-285882 (+18); 18. Long Beach State, 295-294-296885 (+21); 19. Sacramento State, 307-292-292891 (+27); 20. Wyoming, 306-309-299914 (+50)


K-State Individuals: T20. Joe Ida, 73-68-73214 (-2); T31. Mitchell Gregson, 77-70-69216 (E); T52. Robert Streb, 71-73-75219 (+3); T71. Daniel Wood, 75-72-77224 (+8); T80. Kyle Yonke, 76-73-77226 (+10)