Wildcats Travel South For Border Olympics

Ben Juffer

March 23, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. –  The Kansas State men’s golf team will take a spring break trip to Laredo, Texas, to compete in the Border Olympics, Friday and Saturday, March 25-26. This will mark the third event of the spring for the Wildcats as they are coming off of a 10th place finish in the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic. Prior to the Border Olympics, the Wildcats will enjoy two practices on Tuesday and Wednesday at TPC at San Antonio before they head off to Laredo. The event, which will score the top four individuals, will tee off on Friday, March 25, for the first two rounds, while Saturday’s final round will tee-off from No. 1 and No. 10. Live scoring for the event will be available on golfstat.com.

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

LOOK AT THE FIELD: The 19 team field includes defending team champion Texas State, No. 18 Arkansas, Air Force, Baylor, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Lamar, Liberty, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oklahoma, Rice, Toledo, UT-Arlington, UTSA, Washington State and Wichita State.

A BRIGHT FUTURE: The Wildcats men’s golf team continues to find success from their outstanding freshman class. Thomas Birdsey and Jack Watson have been a part of every scoring lineup this season and have combined for three top-five and five top-10 finishes this season. Birdsey leads the Wildcats with a stroke average of 73.32, while Watson has an average of 74.72. Birdsey and Watson finished second and third at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate during the fall, and Birdsey finished in first at the La Cantera Tri-Match this spring. Watson will look to improve upon his last outing as he lead K-State at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic, carding a 7-over par 223 and a tie for 27th.

BORDER OLYMPICS: This will be the second ever appearance for the Wildcats in the Border Olympics. During the 2002-2003 season, the Wildcats competed in the event and finished in fifth place with Aaron Watkins finishing in a tie for 11th. Texas State returns as the defending champion as they carded a 12-over par 876. Baylor’s Joakim Mikkelsen took home the individual title as he carded a 3-under par 213.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats finished in a tie for 10th with Michigan at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic in Fresno, Calif., at the Sunnyside Country Club. Freshman Jack Watson was the top performer for the Wildcats, carding a 7-over 223 to put him in a tie for 27th.