Wildcats Head to Desert Shootout

Chase Chamberlin

March 21, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Following an off week, the Kansas State men's golf team will be back in action this Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, as it travels to Goodyear, Ariz., to compete in the Desert Shootout at the par 72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course. The event will tee off at 8:30 a.m., from the No. 1 and 10 tees on both Thursday and Friday. Saturday's final round will be a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m.

K-State will take seven golfers to the event, using the five-man scoring line up of senior Kyle Smell, juniors Curtis Yonke and Ben Juffer, sophomore Davis Klaudt and freshman Kyle Weldon for the first time this season. Weldon and Smell have been included in all 11 scoring lineups this season. Yonke will be competing in his 10th event of the year, while Juffer will card his ninth appearance in the scoring lineup this season.

The Wildcats will also send sophomore Alex Carney and junior Chase Chamberlin to the Palm Valley Golf Course to compete as individuals.

Kansas State will be going up against a tough 14-team field in Air Force, Boise State, BYU, Creighton, Denver, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Diego, Southern Utah, Tulsa and Wichita State.

The Wildcats are coming off a 10th-place finish at the Fresno State Lexus Classic. K-State was led by Yonke, who ended the event at 3-over par 219 to finish in 14th place. Smell carded an 8-over par 224 to tie for 41st, while, one stroke behind Smell, Weldon ended with a 9-over par 225 to tie for 47th.

K-State last competed at the Desert Shootout in 2010, where letterwinner Joe Kinney led the squad by tying for fifth place at 6-under par 210. Yonke competed in the event as a freshman, tying for 28th with a score of 1-over par 217.

The event, hosted by the University of Denver, will not feature live scoring. Results will be posted at www.k-statesports.com at the conclusion of each day.