Men's Golfers Match Single Season Mark at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. The Kansas State Wildcats shot the lowest score in the final round and tied a school-record for most top-five finishes in a season with a second place finish at the Missouri Tiger Intercollegiate on Tuesday.

K-State carded a 295 in the final round, shooting 298-293-295886 (+22) for the tournament, and moved from fifth place to second place over the final 18 holes at The Club at Old Hawthorne. The Wildcats notched their eighth top-five finish and tied the single-season mark held by the 2003-04 team.

“It’s consistency,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “Our guys have done a good job of (playing consistently). We’re able to save a few shots here and there and that’s what it comes down to on all these tournaments you have 880 or so shots for the week and you get up there and one shot is one place and two shots worse is two places worse. All these guys know the value of staying in there and trying to scrape together a score and that’s what it’s been.”

The entire field battled stormy weather conditions on Tuesday and tournament officials even considered ending the event early. The Wildcats entered the final round 15 strokes behind the tournament-leader, Indiana, but cut the lead to five while shooting one of two scores under 300 in the final round. The Hoosiers claimed the team championship with a 294-286-301881 (+17). Indiana’s Jorge Campillo earned the individual crown with a 72-66-74212 (-4).

“Second feels a lot better than fifth when we teed off this morning,” Norris said. “There was about a five-hole stretch there where the wind was blowing sideways with the rain it was challenging to say the least. Our guys just came through like champs. Indiana played great, but they had a 66 (from Campillo) yesterday afternoon you take that round out and we would have been right there.

“All our guys played really solid today. It was a battle of emotions and a battle through the conditions. We’ve played in enough weather like this that the guys know what to do and they obviously knew what was at stake today. They did a fantastic job.”

Mitchell Gregson paced the Wildcats throughout the tournament and led the team with an even-par 72 on Tuesday. Gregson finished third overall with a 1-over 217 and notched a team-leading fifth top-10 finish.

Freshmen Kyle Smell and Daniel Wood joined Gregson in the top-10. Wood finished eighth with a 74-73-74221 (+5) and Smell tied for ninth with a 76-73-73222 (+6). It was the second top-10 finish of the season for both golfers.

“The whole week they gave us a nice lift,” Norris said of his freshmen. “It’s nice to see those guys get back in the lineup. Daniel has played the individual a couple times but today and this week he showed that he shouldn’t be the individual anymore. Kyle Smell is a guy that has unlimited potential and had a great round today as well.”

Joe Ida contributed the final score for K-State on Tuesday, posting a 4-over 76. He tied for 25th in the tournament with a 227 (+11). Robert Streb ended the tournament 80-73-83236 (+20) and tied for 50th. K-State’s Kyle Yonke played in the event as an individual and finished 20th with a 9-over 225.

Missouri Tiger Intercollegiate
Club at Old Hawthorne
Columbia, Mo.
Par 72, 7,221 yards

Team Scores: 1. Indiana 294-286-301881 (+17); 2. Kansas State 298-293-295886 (+22); 3. Arkansas 291-293-304888 (+24); 4. Iowa State 307-282-300889 (+25); 5. Michigan State 300-292-298890 (+26); 6. Wichita State 292-297-308897 (+33); 7. Michigan 299-293-307899 (+35); 8. Washington 310-299-305914 (+50); 9. San Jose State 298-301-323922 (+58); T10. Missouri 305-310-317932 (+68); T10. Xavier 314-304-314932 (+68).

K-State Individuals:
3. Mitchell Gregson 71-74-72217; 8. Daniel Wood 74-73-74221; T9. Kyle Smell 76-73-73222; *20. Kyle Yonke 76-73-76225; T25. Joe Ida 77-74-76227; T50. Robert Streb 80-73-83236.

*competing as an individual