K-State Hangs on for Fourth at Shocker Classic

WICHITA, Kan. Kansas State’s Joe Ida and Mitchell Gregson finished in the top 10 but couldn’t keep the Wildcats from slipping to fourth place in the final round at the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic on Tuesday.

Ida and Gregson led the Wildcats with 75s on Tuesday as scores were inflated from Monday’s round and the Wildcats shot 304 as a team while being overtaken by Virginia Commonwealth for third place. K-State entered the final day 10 strokes out of the lead but turned in its worst round of the event and finished 286-290-304880 (+28) for the tournament.

“The golf course set-up was a little more difficult today,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “We weren’t very sharp and got a little exploited in a couple instances. We still hung on for fourth place. We’ll have to regroup pretty fast and see if we can get things turned around before we head to Missouri.”

Wichita State, the tournament host, won the event with a three day total of 281-286-288855 (+3) and placed all five of its scorers in the top-15. Texas-Arlington’s Kevin Carrigan, who played the tournament as an individual, won the individual title with a 7-under 206.

Ida finished tied for third overall and claimed his fourth top-5 finish of the season after shooting 65-72-75212 (-1) for the tournament. Gregson tied for ninth with a 70-71-75216 (+3), his fourth top-10 finish of the year.

“Joe (Ida) played an excellent tournament,” Norris said. “He and Mitch (Gregson) are rolling along. They're the leaders and we'll keep depending on them.”

Robert Streb was carded a 76 on Tuesday en route to a 9-over 222 for the tournament and a tie for 25th. Ross Geubelle contributed a 78 to the Wildcats’ team score on Tuesday and was 23-over at 236 for the tournament. Kyle Yonke, the final member of the K-State scoring lineup shot a 79 in the last round and finished tied for 64th at 18-over 231.

Kyle Smell and Daniel Wood both finished tied for 46th while playing the event as individuals. The freshmen duo both carded 15-over 228s.

“If we're going to be a good team, we have to back up a good tournament with another good tournament,” Norris said. “Wichita State would have been tough to beat, they had all their players up in the top 15. We needed a couple more scores like Joe (Ida) and Mitch (Gregson) shot and we would have been pretty competitive.”

Kansas State will continue its spring slate next Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8, at the Missouri Tiger Intercollegiate in Columbia, Mo.

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

Team Scores: 1. Wichita State 281-286-288855 (+3); 2. SMU 283-286-295864 (+12); 3. VCU 292-284-296872 (+20); 4. Kansas State 286-290-304880 (+28); 5. UT-Arlington 288-295-300883 (+31); 6. Iowa State 296-292-297885 (+33); 7. Nebraska 292-302-294888 (+36); 8. Oklahoma Christian 292-303-297892 (+40); 9. Florida Gulf Coast 294-300-299893 (+41); 10. Denver 307-301-292900 (+48); 11. Oklahoma City 299-308-294901 (+49); 12. Northeastern State 299-293-310902 (+50); 13. Hartford 303-309-292904 (+52); 14. Texas-San Antonio 319-292-294905 (+53); 15. Sam Houston State 300-298-310908 (+56); 16. Stephen F. Austin 312-310-299921 (+69);

K-State Individuals: T3. Joe Ida 65-72-75212 (-1); T9. Mitchell Gregson 70-71-75216 (+3); T25. Robert Streb 75-71-76222 (+9); T64. Kyle Yonke 76-76-79231 (+18); 83. Ross Geubelle 82-76-78236 (+23); *T46. Daniel Wood 78-71-79228 (+15); *T46. Kyle Smell 75-75-78228 (+15).

*competing as an individual