Wildcats Take Lead into Final Day at Colbert

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State men’s golf team got off to a hot start Monday at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate as the Wildcats are in first place going into Tuesday’s final round. The Wildcats shot a 294-299593 (+17) and are ahead of UMKC and Wichita State.


Kansas State was the only team to break 300 in both rounds and the only team to hold a 36-hole score lower than 600. Furthermore, K-State’s first round score of 294 was the lowest since the first round of the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic on March 31, 2008.


“In the morning when you stand up on No.1 and the wind is howling in your face, you know what you are up against for the day and I think the guys handled it very well,” said head coach Tim Norris. “I think we are in good shape but we still need to go out and execute. I thought, overall, it was a good, solid team effort. I thought we had a couple good scores this afternoon by Joe Kinney and Ross Geubelle. If we want to be successful this year we need to play well from top to bottom and they really contributed today.”


UMKC is in second place at 26-over 602, thanks to a second round score of 294. The Kangaroos hold a 10 stroke advantage over third place team Wichita State, who is 36-over par 612.


Dustin Garza of Wichita State and Braxton Marquez of Arizona State are tied for first at 1-over par 145.


K-State senior Robert Streb and junior Mitchell Gregson lead the Wildcats and are tied for fourth overall at 4-over par 148.


“They are very solid and capable players. We didn’t feel that they played their best ball today but it is a 54-hole tournament and we will see what they can come up with tomorrow,” said Norris.


Junior Joe Ida posted rounds of 73-77 for a 6-over par 150, placing him in a tie for eight with fellow Wildcat Joe Kinney, who carded rounds of 76-74.


In a tie for 15th place are Wildcat golfers Ross Geubelle and Jason Schulte, who both carded a 9-over par 153. Sophomore Daniel Wood cracked the top 20 with a 10-over par 154, placing him in a tie for 19th place.


Junior Spencer Alefs is tied for 28th heading into the final round after scoring a 12-over 156. Rounding out the bunch is sophomore Kyle Smell who is tied for 34th with a 14-over 158.


The final round of the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate will start Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Final results will be posted on www.kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available.


Jim Colbert Intercollegiate

Manhattan, Kan.

Colbert Hills Golf Course

Par 72 / 7,525 yards


Team Scores: 1.Kansas State, 294-299593 (+17); 2. UMKC, 308-294602 (+26); 3. Wichita State, 304-308612 (+36); 4.Missouri State, 306-313619 (+43); 5. Western Illinois, 310-312622 (+46); 6. Oral Roberts, 309-315624 (+48); 7. Miami (Ohio), 318-307625 (+49); 8. Florida Gulf Coast, 318-314632 (+56); 9.Army, 324-318642 (+66).


 Top Individuals: T1. Dustin Garza, Wichita State, 73-72145 (+1); T1. Braxton Marquez*, Arizona State, 72-73145 (+1); 3. Jordan Miller, UMKC, 77-70147 (+3); T4. Alex Hogben, UMKC, 76-72148 (+4); T4. Mitchell Gregson, Kansas State, 74-7414 (+4); T4. Robert Streb, Kansas State, 71-77148 (+4).


K-State Individuals: T8. Joe Ida, 73-77150 (+6); T8. Joe Kinney, 76-74150 (+6); T15. Ross Geubelle, 79-74153 (+9); T15. Jason Schulte, 78-75153 (+9); T19. Daniel Wood*, 76-78154 (+10); T28. Spencer Alefs*, 79-77156 (+12); T-34. Kyle Smell*, 81-77158 (+14).


* Competing as an individual