K-State in Good Shape at Kansas Invitational

LAWRENCE, Kan. Kansas State’s Mitchell Gregson improved three strokes from round one to round two on Monday and was one of two Wildcats in the top-20 after the first day of competition at the Kansas Invitational. K-State was second at the conclusion of two rounds at Alvamar Golf Club, trailing host Kansas by five strokes.


Gregson, who shot a 75 in the first round to open the fall schedule, carded a 72 in the second for a day one total of 147 (+3) and a tie for 10th place. Robert Streb joined Gregson in the top-20 after shooting a 75-74149 (+5).


As a team, the Wildcats’ shaved one stroke off the total score between rounds and trailed only the Jayhawks after shooting a 298-297595. At the conclusion of day one, Kansas State held a one stroke lead on Oral Roberts, UNC-Wilmington and Houston.


Somewhat of a surprise after the first day was the play of K-State freshman Kyle Smell. Playing as an individual and not contributing to the team score, Smell burst onto the links in his collegiate debut and fired a 72 in the opening round to tie for the lead. After shooting a 74 in the second round, Smell was tied for fifth place overall at 2-over 146. 


Joe Ida tallied a 73 in his first round for a 73-77150 (+6) and was tied with teammate Spencer Alefs, who carded a 76-74150 (+6), for 21st. Kyle Yonke was just two strokes off their pace at 75-77152 (+8).


The Wildcats will look to improve on their solid start when third-round play begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Results from the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club will be posted on www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are available.


Kansas Invitational

Alvamar G.C.

Lawrence, Kan.

Par 72, 7,092 yards


Team Scores: 1. Kansas 298-292590 (+14); 2. Kansas State 298-297595 (+19); T3. Oral Roberts 295-301596 (+20); T3. UNC-Wilmington 292-304596 (+20); T3. Houston 304-292596 (+20); 6. Nebraska 304-296600 (+24); 7. Western Kentucky 301-300601 (+25); 8. Drake University 302-304606 (+30); T9. UC Davis 305-303608 (+32); T9. Cleveland State 299-309608 (+32); T11. South Dakota State 304-305609 (+33); T11. Missouri State 302-307609 (+33); T11. UMKC 301-308609 (+33); 14. North Texas 310-302612 (+36);15. Wyoming 300-320620 (+44); 16. Illinois State 315-313628 (+52).


Top Individuals: 1. Jordan Irwin, Houston, 74-70144 (E); T2. Will Shambley, UNC-Wilmington, 73-72145 (+1); T2. Luke Joy, Drake, 74-71145 (+1); T2. Nate Barbee, Kansas, 73-72145 (+1); T5. Walt Koebel, Kansas, 77-69146 (+2); T5. Ben Moser, Houston, 76-70146 (+2); T5. Austin Hannah, Oral Roberts, 73-73146 (+2); T5. Mike Coatman, Nebraska, 72-74146 (+2); T5. *Kyle Smell, Kansas State, 72-74146 (+2).

*competing as an individual


K-State Individuals: T10. Mitchell Gregson 75-72147 (+3); T17. Robert Streb 75-74149 (+5); T21. Joe Ida 73-77150 (+6); T21. Spencer Alefs 76-74150 (+6); T39. Kyle Yonke 75-77152 (+8).