K-State Finishes Fourth at Kansas Invitational

LAWRENCE, Kan. The Kansas State golf team entered Tuesday’s final round at the Kansas Invitational five strokes behind host Kansas and in position to take the title but both schools carded rounds over 300 and slipped off the top of the leader board at Alvamar Golf Club.

The Wildcats, who gained one stroke on the Jayhawks in the third round, fell from second place to fourth behind Houston, Oral Roberts and Kansas, after turning in a team score of 298-297-303898 (+34). The Wildcats finished 10 strokes behind tournament winner Houston.

“It was obviously a positive to be in contention today and have a chance to win,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “It’s a little disappointing. We didn’t play to our potential. At this point in the year, after playing all summer, having good practices and qualifying rounds, I was looking for more and I think the guys were as well.”

Kansas State notched the fourth most birdies of any team in the competition with 34 and averaged 4.82 strokes on par-5 holes but shot 43-over par on par 4 holes.

“I didn’t see anything different than any other coach, just a lot of strokes wasted inside 40 or 50 yards,” Norris said. “Those are preventable, you can work on those. Sometimes when you can turn 3 shots into 2, it keeps the round going and can get you lower. That will be the focus, always has been and always will. If you can be sharp in that scoring zone good things will happen to you and your team.”

Kyle Yonke had the best score of the day for the Wildcats and matched his opening round 75 to finish the event with a 75-77-75227 (+11). Spencer Alefs, Joe Ida and Mitchell Gregson all closed play with a 4-over par 76, and Robert Streb turned in a 75-74-78227 (+11). Gregson’s 16th-place finish was the highest for Wildcats contributing to the team score.

K-State freshman Kyle Smell, who competed as an individual, concluded his impressive collegiate debut tied for eighth place with a 5-over 221.

“I was obviously happy with what Kyle smell did, but it’s no surprise,” Norris said. “He’s a player that has a bright bright future not only at Kansas State but also has a desire to play professionally after college. He has the talent, tools and dedication.”

Kansas State will host 10 schools in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25, in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas Invitational
Alvamar G.C.
Lawrence, Kan.
Par 72, 7,092 yards

Team Scores: 1. Houston 304-292-292888 (+24); T2. Oral Roberts 295-301-29894 (+30); T2. Kansas 298-292-304894 (+30); 4. Kansas State 298-297-303898 (+34); 5. UC Davis 305-303-294902 (+38); 6. South Dakota State 304-305-295904 (+40); T7. Nebraska 304-296-305905 (+41); T7. UNC-Wilmington 292-304-309905 (+41); 9. Western Kentucky 301-300-306907 (+43); 10. Cleveland State 299-309-301909 (+45); T11. Drake University 302-304-306912 (+48); T11. North Texas 310-302-300912 (+48); T13. Missouri State 302-307-304913 (+49); T13. UMKC 301-308-304913 (+49); 15. Wyoming 300-320-295915 (+51); 16. Illinois State 315-313-295923 (+59).

Top Individuals: 1. Jordan Irwin, Houston, 74-70-71215 (-1); 2. Cole Howard, North Texas, 73-74-70217 (+1); T3. Austin Hannah, Oral Roberts, 73-73-72218 (+2); T3. Kent Monas, Cleveland State, 73-75-70218 (+2); 5. Ben Moser, Houston, 76-70-73219 (+3); T6. Luke Joy, Drake, 74-71-75220 (+4); T6. Matt Marshall, UC-Davis, 73-77-70220 (+4); T8. Will Shambley, UNC-Wilmington, 73-72-76221 (+5); T8. Nate Barbee, Kansas, 73-72-76221 (+5); T8. *Kyle Smell, Kansas State, 72-74-75221 (+5).

K-State Individuals: T16. Mitchell Gregson 75-72-76223 (+7); T27. Joe Ida 73-77-76226 (+10); T27. Spencer Alefs 76-74-76226 (+10); T37. Kyle Yonke 75-77-75227 (+11); T37. Robert Streb 75-74-78227 (+11).