Wildcats Go West

UP NEXT:  The 54th-ranked Kansas State men’s golf team travels to Daly City, Calif., to compete in the NCAA West Regional, Thursday, May 14, through Saturday, May 16.  The Wildcats enter the event as the No. 10 seed and will be paired with Oregon State and San Diego for the first round of the regional. The event will start Thursday at 9:40 A.M. (CST) with the Wildcats teeing off from the No. 10 tee. The second round will begin at 8:50 A.M. (CST) on Friday 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 8:50 A.M. (CST) on Saturday with an awards ceremony immediately following conclusion of regional. The Top-5 teams will qualify for the NCAA Championship in Toledo, Ohio.


LOOK AT THE FIELD: The 13 team field  is seeded as follows: 1. Southern California, 2. Texas A&M, 3. Arizona State, 4. San Diego State, 5. UC Davis, 6. Oregon, 7. New Mexico, 8. Colorado, 9. UC Irvine, 10. Kansas State, 11. Oregon State, 12. San Diego, 13. San Francisco


LAST TIME OUT:  After rain and thunderstorms nearly canceled the final round of the Big 12 Championship, the Kansas State men’s golf team put together the best round of the tournament to jump over Baylor and finish in fourth place. The Wildcats fired a 4-under par 276 in the final round, giving them a final score of 50-over par 1,170 at the par 70, 6,701-yard Prairie Dunes Country Club. The fourth place finish tied the 2003-04 team for the best Big 12 Championship finish in school history.


2008 NCAA WEST REGIONAL: Kansas State carded its best round of the tournament with a 298 in the final round, but it wasn’t enough to move the Wildcats up the leader board and keep their season alive at the NCAA Championship West Regional. K-State finished 18th at Golf Mountain Golf Club after shooting 305-299-298902 (+38).


2008-09 RECAP: With four tournament titles this season, the Wildcats became only the second team in school history to record that many victories in a single season. Junior Mitchell Gregson became the first Wildcat to win two individual titles in the same season since PGA Tour pro Aaron Watkins in 2002. Senior Robert Streb finished in third place at the Big 12 Championship, which is the best finish by a Wildcat golfer at the Big 12 Championship in school history.


HOST LAKEMERCED GOLF CLUB: Lake Merced has hosted numerous Collegiate, NCGA and USGA events, including the 1990 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship (Tiger Woods's debut in USGA competition). The 18-hole "Lake Merced" course features 6,863 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 74.4 and it has a slope rating of 138.


Projected West Regional Lineup


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

Robert Streb                     Sr.-3L     Edmond, Okla.             34                 71.64

Mitchell Gregson               Jr.-2L      Waterloo, Ill.                34                 71.76

Joe Ida                             Jr.-2L      Fort Scott, Kan.            28                73.36

Daniel Wood                    So.-1L      Leander, Texas            24                74.38

Kyle Smell                       So.-1L     Overland Park, Kan.      23                75.91