Wildcat Golfers Start Summer Strong

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Highlighted by a tournament victory by sophomore-to-be Trent Evans, Kansas State men's golfers have started off the summer on the right foot in various tournaments across the nation. Evans captured the Inaugural Konza Prairie Amateur Championship over the weekend at Colbert Hills, while Connor Knabe and Kyle Weldon each moved past Local Qualifying for the 115th U.S. Open.

Evans topped a field of 62 competitors at the Konza Prairie Amateur with a two-round score of 4 using Modified Stableford scoring. The scoring system gives golfers points on each hole based on golfer's score relative to par. It is designed to reward players for taking chances to go for birdies or better as players received +8 for double eagles, +5 for eagles, +2 for birdies, 0 for pars, -1 for bogeys and -3 for double bogeys or worse.

A product of Edmond, Oklahoma, Evans was -1 after the first round but bounced back with a +5 in round two to win by two points over Alex Higgs of Overland Park.

Knabe, a native of Leawood, Kansas, carded a round of 70 at Crestview Country Club on May 21, during the Wichita U.S. Open Local Qualifier, while Weldon shot a 71 at the St. Louis Local Qualifier held at Norwood Hill Country Club on May 14. Both players will take part in Sectional Qualifying on June 8, held at either Germantown Country Club or Ridgeway Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Memphis Sectional Qualifier is one of 12 sites -- 10 in the United States, one in England and one in Japan. Played over 36 holes on one day, this is the second and final stage for U.S. Open hopefuls. The number of qualifying spots is determined by the quality and quantity of the field at each location.

For more information on U.S. Open qualifying, please visit www.usopen.com.