K-State Completes Play in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. The Kansas State men’s golf team concluded play at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational Sunday with a third-round score of 8-over par 296 on the par 72, 7,057-yard ASU Karsten Course. The Wildcats ended the event with a 54-hole score of 29-over par 893 to finish 16th.


“There were a lot of good players here,” said head coach Tim Norris. “It’s just a shot here or there that separates the top 30 from the rest of the field. We need to have a good week of practice and get ready to go down and tackle Prairie Dunes.”


Oregon, who held a five stroke lead over Texas A&M through 36-holes, shot a 2-under par 286 during round three to take home the team title at 20-under par 844. Host school Arizona State came in second at 17-under par 847. The Sun Devils carded the lowest round of the day with a 5-under par 283.


New Mexico’s Charlie Beljan and Oregon’s Derek Sipe were eyeing former Wildcat Ben Kern’s tournament record of 17-under par 199. However, Beljan came up just shy as he finished round three at 4-under par 68 to win the tournament with a 15-under par 201. Sipe, who led through 36 holes, stumbled during final-round play as he carded a 1-over par 73. He finished second at 12-under par 204.


Robert Streb and Joe Kinney led the Wildcats on Sunday as both carded rounds of 1-over par 73. Streb moved up nine spots from round two to finish tied for 50th at 5-over par 221. It was the fifth time this year the sophomore has finished as the top Wildcat, including the last three events.


Following first and second round scores of 3-over par 75 and 8-over par 80, respectively, Kinney was 2-under par heading into his final hole of the day. However, a three-over par seven on the par 4 No. 9 dropped him to 1-over par 73. The Antioch, Ill., native, finished tied for 77th at 12-over par 228.


“Kinney had a great round today. It’s unfortunate he had to end on a sour note after a solid 17 holes before that,” said Norris.


Freshman Joe Ida carded a third-round score of 2-over par 74 to finish at 7-over par 223. It was his lowest gross score since a 221 at the Wolf Pack Classic. He ended the event tied for 62nd.


Finishing one stroke behind Ida at 8-over par 224 was Mitchell Gregson. The freshman finished in a five-way tie for 64th.


Next action for K-State will be the 2007 Big 12 Championship, April 23-24. This year’s conference championship will be played at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.


ASU Thunderbird Invitational

Tempe, Ariz.

ASU Karsten Course

Par 72 / 7,057 yards

Team Scores: 1. Oregon, 277-279-288844 (-20); 2. Arizona State, 281-283-283847 (-17); 3. Southern California, 278-285-286849 (-15); 4. Texas A&M, 282-279-289850 (-14); 5. Arizona, 287-277-288852 (-12); 6. UNLV, 285-284-285854 (-10); 7. Texas Tech, 279-292-284855 (-9); 8. New Mexico, 291-277-289857 (-7); 9. Oklahoma, 282-287-291860 (-4); 10. California, 287-287-299873 (+9); 11. Central Florida, 291-292-291874 (+10); 12. Arizona State B’, 297-294-285876 (+12); 13. San Diego State, 298-284-296878 (+14); 14. Fresno State, 296-296-289881 (+17); 15. Baylor, 288-298-303889 (+25); 16. K-State, 289-307-297893 (+29).


Top Individuals: 1. Charlie Beljan, New Mexico, 66-67-68201 (-15); 2. Derek Sipe, Oregon, 65-66-73204 (-12); 3. Rory Hie, Southern California, 67-69-69205 (-11); 4. Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State, 70-66-71207 (-9); T5. Niklas Lemke, 72-67-69208 (-8); T5. Jesse Schutte, Oklahoma, 68-70-70208 (-8).


K-State Individuals: T50. Robert Streb, 70-78-73221 (+5); T62. Joe Ida, 73-76-74223 (+7); T64. Mitchell Gregson, 73-74-77224 (+8); T77. Joe Kinney, 75-80-73228 (+12); 84. Kyle Yonke, 73-79-81233 (+17).