Summer Men's Golf Update: July 28

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the summer golf season in full swing, the Kansas State men’s golf team continues to have many golfers in action across the country.


Incoming freshmen, Curtis Yonke and Ben Juffer, recently competed in the AJGA’s Lockton Kansas City Junior. The 54-hole event was played at the Tom Watson-designed National Golf Club in Parkville, Mo. Yonke finished tied for second after shooting a 1-over par 216, just a stroke off the lead. Juffer carded a 7-over par 223 and finished in a tie for seventh place in the 75 player field.


At the par 72, 7,334 yard Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., senior Joe Ida opened the 103rd Southern Amateur with rounds of 68 and 69. Ida finished in a tie for 23rd place after posting a 4-under par 284. The Southern Amateur is made up of 150 of the best amateurs in the country with the tournament winner awarded a spot at the PGA Tour’s Bay Hill Invitational.


After the Southern Amateur Ida joined fellow Wildcat Mitchell Gregson at the Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau for the Missouri Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Ida finished two strokes out of a playoff and was followed by Gregson who finished three strokes out of a playoff. Ida was in the lead after the first round after firing a 69 and finished in fourth place in the 156 player field with a 5-over par 293.  Gregson finished the event in fifth place after carding a final round 69, which was the low score of the day.


Gregson was the medalist at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier in Kansas City played at the Blue Hills Country Club.

His 5-under par effort led the field of 78 players. With the win he advances to next month’s U.S. Amateur at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. The event will take place August, 24-30. Junior Kyle Smell tied for eighth and Joe Ida tied for 10th and missed the cut for the U.S. Amateur by three and four strokes respectively.


The 99th Kansas Amateur field includes six of the nine members of the 2009-10 squad. The tournament is 36 holes of stroke play qualifying followed by match play with the winner crowned on Sunday August 2 with a 36-hole final match. For more information on the tournament at the Kansas City Country Club please visit