K-State Begins 2011-12 Season at Shocker Classic

Kyle Smell

Sept. 9, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team will open its 2011-12 season at the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic, Monday through Tuesday, Sept. 12-13, at the Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kan. The tournament will consist of 36 holes on Monday, followed by 18 holes on Tuesday, beginning with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start each day.

All eight members of the K-State squad will partake in the season opener with five golfers competing as a team and three others competing as individuals. The scoring lineup will be led by junior Ben Juffer and co-captains Curtis Yonke and Kyle Smell, along with junior Chase Chamberlin and sophomore Alex Carney. Sophomores Tyler Norris and David Klaudt, along with freshman Kyle Weldon are those who will participate as individuals.

“We have a unique situation going to Wichita where we will be able to take all of our players due to the smaller field,” explained head coach Tim Norris. “Everybody has been very competitive in practice, and that is what we are looking for at this stage of the game. We have several players that have logged experience at Wichita Country Club, so hopefully depth-wise we will be able to compete. We would love to get off to a good start and see all of our guys play up to their potential.”

Juffer returns as the most experienced golfer, having competed in all 12 events in the 2010-11 season and capturing three top-20 finishes. Yonke and Smell also bring experience to the table as both earned a top-10 finish in 2010-11, while Yonke held the lowest scoring average per round of any returning golfer.

Chamberlin competed in four tournaments in his sophomore season, with his best finish being a tie for 30th. Carney, a former Andover Central standout, is seeing his first action in the scoring lineup for the Wildcats in his first year as a walk-on.

Kansas State will be joined at the Shocker Classic by Newman, Northeastern State, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma City, Texas-Arlington, Texas Wesleyan, Wichita State and William Woods.

K-State last competed in the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic during the 2008-09 campaign where the team took first out of three schools, shooting a 36-hole score of 21-over par 589.

Former Wildcat Mitchell Gregson led the way with a 3-over par score of 145 en route to earning a third place finish. Three other former Wildcats - Daniel Wood, Robert Streb and Joe Ida - also earned top-10 finishes.

Results of the 2011 Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic will be posted on www.kstatesports.com at the conclusion of play on Monday and Tuesday.