Current and Former Wildcats Enjoying Successful Summers

Aaron Watkins is currently 35th on the money list for the Nationwide Tour

June 29, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Many current and former members of the Kansas State men’s golf team have seen success on the summer circuit.

Senior-to-be Kyle Smell finished as the runner up at the Kansas Golf Association (KGA) Public Links Championship in Lawrence at Alvamar Golf Club. The Overland Park, Kan., product shot a 73-70—143 to finish 1-under par, just two strokes behind champion Tracy Chamberlin.

A junior for the upcoming season, Ben Juffer placed fifth at the Southwestern Amateur held at Butterfield Trail GC in El Paso, Texas. Juffer shot a four-round score of 11-under par 277, including an 8-under par 64 in the third round.

Incoming freshman Kyle Weldon completed his prep career on a high note as he was named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year. A native of Des Peres, Mo., Weldon was the individual winner of his sectional, carding a 2-over par 73. He went on to finish third at the Missouri State Championship with a final score of 6-over par 148 and helped Parkway South place third with a team score of 633, just two strokes out of second place.

Former Wildcats Aaron Watkins and Robert Streb have also played well on professional tours this summer. Watkins, who is playing on the Nationwide Tour, is currently 35th on the money list at $55,969 and is trying to finish in the top-25 to earn his PGA Tour Card for the 2012 season. Watkins has three top-15 finishes this season, including a sixth-place showing at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open at 13-under par 271. He also tied for 13th at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open and tied for 15th at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Playing on the NGA Hooters Tour, Streb is 18th on the money list at $31,112.50. The Edmond, Okla., product has made the cut in 12 of his 14 tournaments and holds a stroke average of 71.06. Streb’s best tournament of the season came at the Georgia Sports Orthopedic Specialists Classic when he tied for 16th at 6-under par 278.