K-State Improves Score on Second Day of West Regional

BREMERTON, Wash. Kansas State improved six strokes from its opening round score but fell two spots to 19th after the second round of play at the NCAA Men’s Golf West Regional at Gold Mountain Golf Club on Friday.

The Wildcats carded a 299 during Friday’s round on the par 72, 7,111-yard Olympic Course and are ten strokes out of 10th, the qualifying cutoff for the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship Finals.

USC led the field with a 5-under 283 on Friday and vaulted into the tournament lead at 2-under 574. Oregon’s Joey Benedetti was the top individual again on Friday after firing his second consecutive 3-under 69.

K-State got another solid round from senior Kyle Yonke as he posted the team’s second-lowest score for the second consecutive day. Yonke’s 2-over 74 on Friday was a two-stroke improvement from the opening round and his 6-over 150 has him tied for 51st.

Robert Streb led the Wildcats with an even-par 72 and was tied with Mitch Gregson in 42nd at 5-over 149 for the tournament. The Wildcats’ final score contributed to the team total was 6-over 78, shot by Joe Ida.

Kansas State finishes the three-day, 56-hole event on Saturday. The top-10 teams and top-two individuals not on the qualifying teams will advance to the 2008 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in West Lafayette, Ind., on May 28-31.