Wildcats Atop the Leaderboard at Tiger Inter.

COLUMBIA, Mo. After the first day of the Missouri Tiger Intercollegiate, the Kansas State men’s golf team is in first place heading into Tuesday’s final round at the par 72, 7,221-yard Club at Old Hawthorne.


The Wildcats finished the first round five strokes behind the U-Texas Arlington, but were able to battle rainy condition throughout the second round to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.


“It wasn’t an easy day today,” said head coach Tim Norris. “We really battled through the conditions and still have 18 holes tomorrow. We had some nice support out of our fourth and fifth man today, which will be a difference maker down the road. We need this kind of depth if we want to go far towards the end of the season.”


The Wildcats are six strokes ahead of the UT-Arlington and 10 stokes ahead of Southern Methodist.  Big-12 foe Iowa State is in fifth place after firing a 17-over par 593 and host team Missouri is in sixth place after carding an 18-over par 594.


Junior Mitchell Gregson, who placed third in last week’s Shocker Classic, is in a tied for first after shooting a 7-under 137. Gregson is tied with Kelly Kraft of Southern Methodist University.


“Mitch’s only bogey of the day was on a 243-yard, par 3, which I like to call a short par 4,” said Norris on Gregson performance. “He was solid all day long birding his first of the day at 8:15 this morning and last hole of the day at 7:15 P.M. this evening. He is just a true competitor and didn’t have a single break in concentration all day.”


Following the best finish of his career last week at the Shocker Classic, sophomore Daniel Wood is in a tie for seventh place after the first two rounds with a 1-over par 145. Fellow sophomore Kyle Smell is also in seventh place after tying his best 36-hole score of the year with a 145.


“Daniel (Wood) and Kyle (Smell) did great today. We were able to count all their rounds today, which I know is a confidence builder for those guys,” said Norris.


Joe Ida is in a four-way tie for 13th place heading into the final round after firing a 3-over par 147.


Senior Robert Streb is in a tie for 43rd place after shooting a 10-over par 154. Playing as an individual, junior Joe Kinney is in a tie for 47th after shooting an 11-over par 155.


The Wildcats will begin the final round of the Tiger Intercollegiate Tuesday at 8:00 A.M. with a shotgun start.

Tiger Intercollegiate

Columbia, Mo.

The Club at Old Hawthorne

Par 72, 7,221 yards


Team Scores: 1. Kansas State, 280-294574 (-2); 2. UT Arlington, 275-305580 (+4); 3. SMU, 289-295584 (+8); 4.New Orleans, 291-298589 (+13); 5.Iowa State, 291-302593 (+17); 6. Missouri, 292-302594 (+18); 7.Xavier, 297-301598 (+22); 8.IUPUI, 304-298602 (+26); 9. Liberty, 304-299603 (+27); T10. Missouri State, 300-313613 (+37); 2. UTSA, 308-305613 (+37); 12. Northern Iowa, 310-307617 (+41); T13.Wyoming, 307-313620 (+44); T13.Eastern Illinois, 304-316620 (+44);


Top Individuals:  T1. Mitchell Gregson, Kansas State, 67-70137 (-7); T1. Kelly Kraft, SMU, 68-69137 (-7); 3. Sebastian MacLean, Xavier, 68-71139 (-5); T4. Ben Herrera, Iowa State, 69-73142 (-2);  T4. Adam Cornelson, 70-72142 (-2)


K-State Individuals: T1. Mitchell Gregson, 67-70137 (-7); T7. Daniel Wood, 71-74145 (+1); T7.  Kyle Smell, 72-73145 (+1); T13. Joe Ida, 70-77147 (+3); T43. Robert Streb, 75-79154 (+10); T47. Joe Kinney*, 78-77155 (+11)


* Competing as an individual