Wildcats in 11th After Day One in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. The Kansas State men’s golf team concluded day one of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational Friday carding a 1-over par 289 to place 11th after the first frame. Low scores were abundant on the par 72, 7,057-yard ASU Karsten Course, as the average player score was 72.49. Oregon and Southern California are tied for the lead as both squads fired a 10-under par 278.


“It’s a very competitive field,” said head coach Tim Norris. “We just needed a couple more shots here and there, but it was a solid start and, overall, you can’t be disappointed.”


Individually, New Mexico’s Charlie Beljan and Oregon’s Derek Sipe lead the field as both posted rounds of 6-under par 66.


Sophomore Robert Streb led the way for K-State as he carded a score of 2-under par 70. It was his fourth round under par this season, including three in the last three events. Streb will begin second-round play in an 11-way tie for 11th.


“Obviously, having course knowledge from last year is not a bad thing,” Norris said. “If Robert had made a few more putts, then he would be near the top of the leaderboard.”


A trio of Wildcats Kyle Yonke, Mitchell Gregson, and Joe Ida are currently tied for 44th at 1-over par 73. Yonke, who started play on No. 10, shot 3-over par on the back nine, including a double bogey on No. 15. However, the senior settled down after the turn, carding birdies on three of the first five holes on the front.


Joe Kinney ended first-round play tied for 66th at 3-over par 75.


Kansas State will continue the ASU Thunderbird Invitational on Saturday with an 8:47 a.m. (PT) tee time from No. 10. Live results are available via www.golfstat.com. Results will be posted on www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available.


ASU Thunderbird Invitational

Tempe, Ariz.

Karsten Course

Par 72 / 7,057 yards

Team Scores: T1. Oregon, 278 (-10); T1. Southern California, 278 (-10); 3. Texas Tech, 279 (-9); 4. Arizona State, 281 (-7); T5. Oklahoma, 282 (-6); T5. Texas A&M, 282 (-6); 7. UNLV, 285 (-3); T8. Arizona, 287 (-1); T8. California, 287 (-1); 10. Baylor, 288 (E); 11. K-State, 289 (+1); T12. Central Florida, 291 (+3); T12. New Mexico, 291 (+3);14. Fresno State, 296 (+8); 15. Arizona State B’, 297 (+9); 16. San Diego State, 298 (+10).


Top Individuals: T1. Charlie Beljan, New Mexico, 66 (-6); T1. Derek Sipe, Oregon, 66 (-6); T3. Rory Hie, Southern California, 67 (-5); T3. Matt Smith, Texas Tech, 67 (-5); T5. Benjamin Alvarado, Arizona State, 68 (-4); T5. Seung-su Han, UNLV, 68 (-4); T5. Jesse Schutte, Oklahoma, 68 (-4).


K-State Individuals: T11. Robert Streb, 70 (-2); T44. Kyle Yonke, 73 (+1); T44. Mitchell Gregson, 73 (+1); T44. Joe Ida, 73 (+1). T66. Joe Kinney, 75 (+3).