K-State Finishes Ninth at Big 12 Championship

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Following a final-round score of 311, the Kansas State men's golf team fell from a seventh-place tie to finish ninth at the 2007 Big 12 Championship Tuesday. The Wildcats completed the three-round tournament with a score of 76-over par 916 on the challenging par 70, 6,611-yard Prairie Dunes Country Club, which, for the second-straight day, produced high scores from every golfer. The Wildcats, who were selected in the pre-tournament coaches poll to finish 12th, broke a streak of back-to-back 10th-place finishes in the conference tournament.

Head coach Tim Norris credited world-renown Prairie Dunes Country Club for the high scores by every team in the field.

"This course is just mentally grueling," said Norris. "You can't have a top-30 course in the world in Hutchinson, Kan., without it being a special place. The overall scores shot in this tournament were not about talent level because you have some of the best golfers in the NCAA here. It's all about the course."

Oklahoma State took home the conference crown with a 54-hole score of 26-over par 866. It was the Cowboys' fifth Big 12 Championship, the most of any school. Texas A&M finished second at 33-over par 873, an amazing 20-strokes ahead of third-place Texas Tech.

Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin came back from a third-place tie after 36-holes to edge teammate Ryan Posey for individual honors. Martin, a junior from Malaga, Spain, carded a 54-hole score of 1-over par 211, three strokes ahead of Posey at 4-over par 214. Both individuals fired third-round low scores of 2-under par 68.

Freshman Joe Ida was the top finisher for the Wildcats as he tied for 22nd at 17-over par 227. It was the second time this season he led K-State in a tournament and becomes the first freshman to place as the top Wildcat in the conference tournament since A.J. Elgert tied for 20th in 2001.

Junior Kyle Yonke was able to put a second-round score of 78 behind him to card the lowest-Wildcat round Tuesday with a 5-over par 75. The Lubbock, Texas, native, finished tied for 35th at 20-over par 230.

Joe Kinney led the Wildcats during day one, finishing the 36-hole day tied for 14th. However, a third-round score of 13-over par 83 dropped him to a tie for 40th at 22-over par 232. Freshman Mitchell Gregson also tied for 40th following his third-round score of 78.

Sophomore Robert Streb finished tied for 45th at 24-over par 234.

The Kansas State men's golf team will turn its attention to Monday, May 7th, as regional selections will be announced at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on www.ncaasports.com. The Wildcats are bidding for their fifth-straight regional appearance and sixth in school history.

2007 Big 12 Championship
Hutchinson, Kan.
Prairie Dunes Country Club
Par 70 / 6,611 yards
Team Scores:
1. Oklahoma State, 290-289-287866 (+26); 2. Texas A&M, 285-299-289873 (+33); 3. Texas Tech, 303-292-298893 (+53); 4. Texas, 293-298-303894 (+54); 5. Oklahoma, 303-301-299903 (+63); 6. Nebraska, 313-303-293909 (+69); 7. Missouri, 304-300-307911 (+71); 8. Baylor, 302-303-308913 (+73); 9. K-State, 304-301-311916 (+76); 10. Kansas, 302-311-304917 (+77); 11. Colorado, 313-304-305922 (+82); 12. Iowa State, 311-311-302924 (+84).

Top Individuals: 1. Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State, 70-73-68211 (+1); 2. Ryan Posey, Oklahoma State, 73-73-68214 (+4); 3. Brady Schnell, Nebraska, 72-71-72215 (+5); T4. Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M, 73-76-67216 (+6); T4. Robert Gates, Texas A&M, 69-73-74216 (+6).

K-State Individuals: T22. Joe Ida, 74-74-79227 (+17); T35. Kyle Yonke, 77-78-75230 (+20); T40. Mitchell Gregson, 78-76-78232 (+22); T40. Joe Kinney, 76-73-83232 (+22); T45. Robert Streb, 77-78-79234 (+24).