Wildcats Return to Arizona for Desert Shootout

Curtis Yonke

March 19, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team continues its spring schedule as the Wildcats will travel to Goodyear, Ariz., to compete in the 2013 Desert Shootout, Thursday through Saturday, at the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course. This weekend's trip will mark the second time this spring the Wildcats have competed at Palm Valley, as K-State finished in ninth place in the 2013 WSU Snowman Getaway in late February.

"We return to Palm Valley with some high expectations," said head coach Tim Norris. "Our team played here last month as well as previous years, so they know the course very well. The players are anxious to step it up against some very good competition."

The scoring lineup for K-State will consist of seniors Ben Juffer and Curtis Yonke, junior Daniel Wood, sophomore Kyle Weldon and freshman Matt Green. Junior Tyler Norris will be competing as an individual.

Yonke has led the Wildcats for two consecutive events, tying for 17th place in the WSU Snowman Getaway and the Fresno State Lexus Classic. With his success this spring, Yonke currently leads the team in stroke average (72.00).

The last time competing at the Palm Valley Golf Course, junior Daniel Wood tied for 21st place, firing a 2-over 218. Behind Yonke, Wood has been the Wildcat's most successful golfer this spring, with finishes of T30th, T21st and T35th.

Joining the Wildcats in the 2013 tournament field will be Air Force, Baylor, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Denver, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Southern Utah, Tulsa, Wichita State and Wyoming.

Post-event recaps and results of the Desert Shootout will be available at kstatesports.com at the conclusion of play each day.