Postseason Play Begins for the Wildcats

UP NEXT:  The 56th-ranked Kansas State men’s golf team travels to Hutchinson, Kan., to compete in the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship, Monday, April 27, through Wednesday, April 29.  The Wildcats enter the event as the No. 7 seed and will be paired with Oklahoma and Missouri for the first 36-holes of the championship. The 72-hole event is the longest tournament the team has played in all season. The event will start Monday at 8:00 A.M. (CST) with the Wildcats teeing off from the No. 10 tee. The third round will be held Monday afternoon with the Wildcats starting on the No. 1 tee. The second round will begin at 8:00 A.M. (CST) Tuesday, April 28 with golfers teeing off from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. The final round will be will also have golfers starting from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees beginning at 8:00 A.M. (CST) on Wednesday, April 29, with an awards ceremony immediately following conclusion of championship.


LOOK AT THE FIELD: The 12 team field will be the toughest line-up the Wildcats have faced all year. Traveling to Hutchinson will be the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State, 12th-ranked Texas A&M, 15th-ranked Texas Tech and 22nd-ranked Texas. The field also includes Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa State, and Missouri.


LAST TIME OUT: The Kansas State men’s golf team fired a 10-over par 874 at the Tiger Intercollegiate to take home the championship at the par 72, 7,221-yard Club at Old Hawthorne. With the win, the Wildcats became the first Kansas State team in 24 years to win four tournaments in a single season.


2008 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Wildcats shot a 297 to close the three-day, 72-hole event to match their opening round total and finish eighth with a 297-307-301-2971202 (+50). The eighth-place finish is the highest for the Wildcats since placing fourth at the 2004 Big 12 Championship. The Wildcats were led by then sophomore Joe Ida, who placed in a tie for 17th after firing a 7-over par 295.


RECORD SETTING: With the Wildcats win last week at the Tiger Intercollegiate, K-State has now won four tournaments this season. The Wildcats are only the second team in school history to achieve this feat; the last team to win four tournaments in a season was the 1984-85 Wildcats.


HOST PRAIRIE DUNES COUNTRY CLUB: The University of Missouri will host the 12-team field at Prairie Dunes Country Club. Located in Hutchinson, Kan., Prairie Dunes Country Club has hosted the LPGA U.S. Open in 2002 and the Senior PGA Open in 2005. The course spans 6,598 yards and is a par 70.


Projected Big-12 Championship Lineup


Name                            Yr-Exp     Hometown            08-09 Rnds       08-09 Avg

Mitchell Gregson             Jr.-2L      Waterloo, Ill.                  30                 71.33

Robert Streb                   Sr.-3L     Edmond, Okla.               30                 71.87

Joe Ida                           Jr.-2L      Fort Scott, Kan.             24                 72.96

Danile Wood                  So.-1L     Leander, Texas              20                 74.80

Kyle Smell                     So.-1L     Overland Park, Kan.       19                 75.84