Former Wildcats Shine in Pro Golf Events

Robert Streb lettered a K-State from 2006-09.

June 18, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State men's golfer Aaron Watkins led a group of five Wildcats that shined in professional golf events over the weekend as he finished in a tie for 15th in the U.S. Open held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.

Watkins finished with a 72-hole score of 6-over par 286 (72-71-72-71) in his first U.S. Open appearance as he became the first former Wildcat to make a cut at a major championship since Jim Colbert in 1984 (PGA Championship). Additionally, it was the highest placing at a major by a former K-State golfer since Colbert tied for 14th at the 1980 Masters. Watkins ended the event one stroke shy of a tie for 10th, which would have made him exempt from qualifying for the 2013 Open.

A letterwinner from 2001-04, Watkins tied for third with 13 total birdies, including five in the final round and three-straight from holes No. 14-16 on Sunday. He was also second in the field by hitting 37 of 56 fairways on his drives.

In addition to Watkins, four former Wildcats placed in the top 10 of the Colbert Charity Classic last weekend at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Robert Streb, a letterwinner from 2006-09, finished second at 13-under par 275 (68-71-66-70). A member of the Nationwide Tour, Streb finished three shots behind winner James Marshall, who passed Streb in the final round thanks an 8-under par 64 on Saturday to tie the course record.

Joe Ida and Matt Van Cleave each tied for fifth in the Colbert Charity Classic at 2-under par 286, while Joe Kinney tied for 10th at 1-over par 289.