K-State to Play at Home in Colbert Intercollegiate

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State men’s golf team will host its fifth Jim Colbert Intercollegiate and its first since Fall 2003, when nine teams travel to Manhattan and Colbert Hills Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25.

The tournament features three rounds with the best four scores out of five counting towards the team total. Competition will begin on Monday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and be played continuously through the first 36 holes. The third and final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Kansas State hosted the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate for four consecutive years beginning in 2000 when Colbert Hills Golf Course opened, but hasn’t held the event since Sept. 29-30, 2003. The Wildcats have won the event once, posting a 295-294-313--902 and outlasting eight other teams in October 2002.

A Glance at the Field
The Wildcats welcome a diverse field with eight conferences and five regions represented among the 10 participants. The Wildcats are the lone Big 12 team and will face squads from the Patriot League (Army), Mountain West (Air Force), Big East (Marquette), Mid-American (Akron, Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois), Missouri Valley (Missouri State), Atlantic 10 (Richmond) and Western Athletic (New Mexico State). Kansas State is 1-0 against the field after finishing above Missouri State at last week’s Kansas Invitational. Missouri State and Kansas State are the lone representatives of the Central Region.

Colbert Hills Golf Course
Colbert Hills Golf Course officially opened in May of 2000. The par-72, 7,525-yard championship course has been the home to both the Kansas State men’s and women’s golf programs since. In September 2005, Colbert Hills was rated as the 10th-best college course in America, according to Golf Digest and was recently ranked as the sixth-best college course by Golfweek. Colbert Hills and Kansas State hosted the NCAA Central Regional in May 2003. For more information on Colbert Hills, please visit www.colberthills.com.

Week in Review
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.

Fast Start
K-State freshman Kyle Smell was impressive in his collegiate debut at the Kansas Invitational last week. Playing as an individual and not contributing to the team score, Smell jumped to the top of the leader board at the end of the first round with an even-72 and posted solid scores in the final two rounds to finish the tournament tied for eighth place. The Overland Park, Kan., native’s 72-74-75221 (+5), was tops among the Wildcat golfers and best round vs. par since Mitchell Gregson shot a 4-under 212 at the Ron Moore Invitational last Spring. “I was obviously happy with what Kyle smell did, but it’s no surprise,” K-State head coach Tim 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.”

Wildcats at the Colbert Intercollegiate
Kansas State has hosted the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate four times in the past seven years, claiming the tournament crown in 2001. The 2001 team stroke total of 902 was the lowest the Wildcats have shot during a 52-hole Colbert Intercollegiate. The Wildcats have never finished the event lower than third place. Aaron Watkins is the only Wildcat individual to win the tournament after shooting a 1-under 215 in 2002.

K-State Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Results
2000 - 309-299-205--913 (2nd of 10)
2001 - 295-294-313--902 (1st of 9)
2002 - 317-301-299--917 (3rd of 12)
2003 - 300-286--586* (3rd of 8)