K-State Golfers Compete in Regional Events

Curtis Yonke

July 19, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Four Kansas State men's golfers - Thomas Birdsey, Curtis Yonke, Kyle Smell and Ben Juffer - have seen success in recent summer events throughout the Midwest region.


Birdsey, an incoming freshman for the 2010-11 season, has won each of his last two tournaments on the Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT). Birdsey fired back-to-back rounds of 71 at the TPC Four Seasons Invitational at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, to finish the event at 2-over par 142, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Eric Redeker.


The next weekend at the Allen Samuels Cowboys Jr. Championship at the Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas, Birdsey shot an even-par 72 in round one, but came back with a 4-under par 68 in the second round - the lowest round of the entire tournament - to earn a six-shot victory at 4-under par 140.


For his efforts, the Trophy Club, Texas, product was named Junior Golfer of the Week by Golfweek.


Yonke and Smell both finished in the top 20 among 144 competitors at the Kansas City Amateur at Shoal Creek Golf Club. Yonke, a sophomore for the 2010-11 season, carded a 1-over par 72 in the first round, followed by a 1-under par 70 in round two to sit at even-par 142 entering round three. However, the final round was canceled due to rain and Yonke finished the 36-hole event tied for sixth.


Smell, a junior for the upcoming season, was at even par entering round two and carded a 73 in the eventual final round. The Overland Park, Kan., native tied for 12th at 2-over par 144.


Juffer, a sophomore next season, turned in an 8-over par 218 (72-73-73) to tie for 37th out of 97 individuals during the Trans-Miss Championship at Denver Country Club in Denver, Colo. 

Kansas State opens the 2010-11 season with the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, September 11-12, at Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind.