Four Cats Advance in Amateur Match Play

MANHATTAN, Kan. Four of the six Kansas State men’s golfers who qualified for match play at the 2008 Kansas Amateur advanced following the first day of head-to-head competition on Thursday at Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kan.


A field of 133 golfers was trimmed to 64 after rounds of stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday began the first round of match, which runs through Sunday.


Sophomore-to-be Ross Geubelle posted the second best round on Wednesday earning him the No. 2 seed after a stroke-play score of 2-under 140. Geubelle then moved on to match play and continued his success with a 5 and 3 victory over the No. 63 seed Tyler Henderson.


Junior-to-be Mitchell Gregson was able to earn the No. 3 overall seed in match play by shooting a 1-under 141 in stroke play. In match play, Gregson was able to defeat Zach Pederson, 3 and 1, to move on to Friday’s second round.


Junior-to-be Joe Ida tied for sixth place in stroke play after carding a 2-over 144. On Thursday, Ida defeated No. 58 seed Sam Walenz, 5 and 4, to advance to Friday.


Sophomore-to-be Jason Schulte also carded a top 10 score in stoke play at 3-over 145, placing him in a six-way tie for eighth place. Schulte, the No. 12 seed, went on to match play and defeated No. 53 seed Zac Burton, 1 up, to advance to Friday.


Another sophomore-to-be, Kyle Smell, tied for 16th place with a stroke play score 5-over 147. On Thursday, the 16th-seeded Smell bested the No. 49 seed Chad Judd, 5 and 3, to move on to Friday’s second round.


Sophomore-to-be Joe Kinney tied for 21st place on Wednesday following a 6-over 148, pairing him against the No. 44 seed Andrew Storm. No. 21 seed Kinney was not able to move past Thursday’s match play with a 2 and 1 loss to Storm.


Junior-to-be Spencer Alefs shot a 10-over 152 to move on to match play as the No. 51 seed. However, Alefs was defeated, 7 and 5, by No. 14 seed Charlie Stevens.


Incoming freshman Chase Chamberlin did not make the cut for match play as he carded a 14-over 156, missing the cut by one stroke.


Former Wildcat golfers Kyle Yonke and Tyler Cummins both qualified for match play after scores of 4-over 146 and 8-over 150, respectively. Yonke, the No. 15 seed, bested No. 50 seed Bobby Knowles, 5 and 3, in the first round. The No.39 seed Cummins also won his first round match as he defeated No. 26 seed Riley Piles, 7 and 5.