Wildcats Look to Qualify for US Amateur

MANHATTAN, Kan. Beginning Thursday at Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club, three current Kansas State men’s golfers, two former Wildcats and one incoming freshman will attempt to qualify for the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship.


Current K-State golfers scheduled to tee off on Thursday are: sophomore Joe Ida at 7:27 a.m. off the first tee, sophomore Spencer Alefs at 7:27 a.m. off the 10th tee and senior Kyle Yonke at 8:30 a.m. off the first tee.


Former Wildcats playing in the event are Scott Hovis, a letterwinner from 1993-96, at 8:30 a.m. off the 10th tee and Jay Kramer, a letterwinner from 2005-07, at 8:39 a.m. off the first tee.


Incoming freshman Kyle Smell will look to continue his stellar summer as he tees off the first hole at 7:09 a.m. The Overland Park, Kan., product recently captured the Kansas Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship with a 4 and 3 win over Jack Courington of Wichita, Kan., at the Salina Municipal Golf Course.


The Kansas City qualifier has been allocated three qualifying positions into the Championship, along with two alternate positions. The 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship is scheduled for Aug. 20-26 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.


One Wildcat has already booked a ticket to San Francisco, as junior Robert Streb tied for first with a 10-under par 134 (68-66 134) at the Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Edmond, Okla.