K-State Freshman Class Ranked Ninth in the Nation

Thomas Birdsey

April 20, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 2010-2011 Kansas State men’s golf freshman class has been ranked ninth in the country on Golfstat’s Top 25 Freshman Class Impact Rankings. This is the first time in school history that a K-State freshmen class has been in the top 25.

Thomas Birdsey and Jack Watson have led the Wildcat freshman charge this season.

“Thomas and Jack came in and did not step up their game as much as they just played their game,” said K-State head coach Tim Norris. “Both of them have done a real good job of just playing the course as presented, and they never forced the issue on the course.”

Birdsey’s numbers speak for themselves as he leads the team with a stroke average of 73.30. He has finished in the top-20 three times, including two top-10 finishes. His highest finish was third at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, and he tied for 12th at the Kansas Invitational.

Watson is third on the team with a stroke average of 74.54, while he has finished in the top-20 on two occasions. His best finish came at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate where he placed second. Watson also finished in a tie for sixth at the David Toms Intercollegiate.

“They are going against players and teams that have gone back to these courses three or four times,” said Norris. “It has been a very good thing for our team to have those guys step in and get the experience for the years to come.

“I still see that both of these young players still have their best golf way in front of them, but again it is just nice that they have made the impact that they have this year,” Norris continued. “Hopefully the next freshman class will follow their lead and just come in and play golf and not try to do too much.”

Kansas State will play in the 2011 Big 12 Championship, April 25-27, at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.