Men's Golf Keeps Swinging with NCAA Bid

MANHATTAN, Kan. The best season in K-State men’s golf history got a continuation on Monday as the Wildcats received an at-large bid into the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships as announced by the NCAA national office.

The announcement marks the fifth trip to the post-season in the last six years for Kansas State and the first since 2006. The Wildcats will travel to the NCAA West Regional on May 15-17 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., as the 23rd-seeded team in that region.

The 2007-08 Kansas State golf team poked numerous holes in the K-State record books while recording individual and team lows this season. The Wildcats broke the single season school scoring mark, averaging just 294.14 strokes per round and tied the single-season mark for top-5 finishes with eight.

In the fall, the Wildcats came close to winning its first tournament in nearly four years and led a talented field, including then No. 1-ranked Charlotte, until the final three holes of the Pacific Invitational. The Wildcats shot a school-record 826 (-38) and saw Joe Ida card a school par-72, 54-hole school-record 65 at the Pacific but lost to the 49ers by two strokes.

This spring, K-State notched its first tournament victory since 2003 while shooting a 19-under 845 at the Ron Moore Invitational. In all, this year’s Wildcats shot eight rounds in K-State’s top-25 all-time and notched four of the top-20 tournament scores in school history.

Individually, K-State’s Mitch Gregson (72.86) and Joe Ida (72.95) finished third and fourth respectively on K-State’s all-time single season scoring average list. Both K-State golfers were separated by just three strokes after 12 events and each finished in the top-20 on nine different occasions.

Ida shot below 70 in 10 different rounds, including his school record 65 at the Pacific Invitational. Ida carded another 65 at the par-71 Wichita Shocker Classic. Gregson carded three rounds under 70 and led the Wildcats with 15 rounds under par.

Seven of the eight golfers who competed this season for the Wildcats shot their career-best round, including six of the top-15 rounds in K-State history. In addition to Ida’s two rounds of 65, Senior Kyle Yonke carded a 68 at the Ron Moore Invitational, freshmen Kyle Smell (Pacific) and Daniel Wood (Ron Moore) shot rounds of 67, and Robert Streb shot a 66 at the Pacific Invitational.

The success also continued off the course for the Wildcats in 2007-08 with Gregson, Ida and Yonke earning Academic All-Big 12 honors.