Ida Leads Wildcats on Opening Day of Shocker Classic

WICHITA, Kan. Kansas State’s Joe Ida tied a career best with a 65 on Monday and led the Wildcats into third place at the end of the first day of the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic.

Ida carded a 31 on the back nine of the opening round and shot a 65 for the second time this season at the par-71, Wichita Country Club while leading all Wildcat scorers. As a team, K-State shot a 286-290576 (+8) and trailed SMU (569) and tournament-host Wichita State (567) after 36 holes.

Ida’s round ties his previous best, shot last fall at the Pacific Invitational, and four other Wildcat rounds as the fourth-lowest mark in school history. The Fort Scott, Kan., native had a 1-over 72 in the second round and finished the first day in second at 5-under and two strokes off the lead.

“He’s just playing well,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “You can take him just about anywhere and he’s going to shoot a pretty good score. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, he real solid and making good decisions. He’d get in trouble, take his medicine, and get it back on the fairway. He was making smart decisions and that's how you shoot a low number. When you’ve got it going and have a little trouble on a hole, you don’t let it cost you the rest of the round.”

Mitchell Gregson joined Ida under par in the first round and in the top-10. Gregson opened the tournament with a 1-under 70 and shot even par in the second round to finish the first day in sixth at 1-under. Robert Streb also shot even par in the second round, a four stroke improvement from his opening-round 75 and was tied for 19th with a 146 (+4).

“You definitely had to adapt to the conditions today and guys did a pretty good job of that,” Norris said. “The scores were pretty good today. It was not an easy day to play, but there are a lot of red numbers up. It’s a good, competitive field. The greens were rolling good, smooth. If you give yourself some chances you can go out and have a day like Joe Ida had, he made that look pretty easy.”

Kyle Yonke contributed a 76 in the opening round for Kansas State and carded another in the second. Ross Geubelle opened with an 82 but dropped six strokes to record a 76 in the second round. Playing as individuals, Kyle Smell was 8-over 150 and Daniel Wood was 7-over 149 after shooting a 71 in the second round.

The Wildcats will attempt to reel in the leaders during the tournament’s final round on Tuesday, starting at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

“We had to count a 76 in both rounds that's not going to help you at this level of play,” Norris said. “If we can have four solid scores tomorrow, we'll see what happens. It should be challenging again tomorrow. If we can post four good scores, I think we'll have a very good showing.

“Robert (Streb) is really starting to play well, I think he's got a low round in him. Joe (Ida) and Mitch (Gregson) are right there and if you get a round out of Kyle (Yonke) or Ross (Geubelle) you never know what could happen. Again, we put ourselves in position for another tournament and that’s what you want.”

Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic
Wichita Country Club
Wichita, Kan.
Par 71, 6,814 yards

Team Scores: 1 Wichita State 281-286567; 2. SMU 283-286569; 3. Kansas State 286-290576; 4. VCU 292-284576; 5. UT-Arlington 288-295583; 6. Iowa State 296-292588; 7. Northeastern State 299-293592; T8. Nebraska 292-302594; T8. Florida Gulf Coast 294-300594; 10. Oklahoma Christian 292-303595; 11. Sam Houston State 300-298598; 12. Oklahoma City 299-308607; 13. Denver 307-301608; 14. Texas-San Antonio 319-292611; 15. Hartford 303-309612; 16. Stephen F. Austin St 312-310622;

K-State Individuals: 2. Joe Ida 65-72137 (-5); 6. Mitchell Gregson 70-71141 (-1); T19. Robert Streb 75-71146 (+4); T51. Kyle Yonke 76-76152 (+10); T80. Ross Geubelle 82-76158 (+16); *T32. Daniel Wood 78-71149 (+8); *T38. Kyle Smell 75-75150 (+8).