Wildcats Capture Championship at Colbert

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State men’s golf team continued their success this week by capturing the title at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate on Tuesday. The strong team effort resulted in a score of 19-over par 883 (294-299-290), finishing ahead of UMKC and Western Illinois.


Kansas State was the only team to break 300 all rounds and the only team to hold a 54-hole score lower than 900. Furthermore, K-State’s 54-hole score of 883 was the lowest since the 2008 Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic.


“As a team, I thought we did an excellent job when we got the lead and held the lead and you got to have the ability to take it low when you are playing well,” said head coach Tim Norris. “Mitch is one of those guys, Joe Ida and Robert Streb played some good golf, and Joe Kinney and Ross Geubelle made their contributions as well. We had some other players step up and play well and I tell my players that there is no distinction between the top five and the next four. All nine players were wearing purple, representing the university and I thought they did a real nice job.”


UMKC carded a 36-over 900 (308-294-290), earning the team second place overall, The Kangaroos finished 10 strokes better than third place team Western Illinois, who snuck into the top three with a 46-over 910. The Leathernecks had the lowest 18-hole score of the tournament with 288 on Tuesday.


Wildcat golfer Mitchell Gregson took home the individual championship with a final-round score of 4-under par 68, giving him a 54-hole score of even par 216. Gregson was able to birdie three of the last four holes to capture the crown.


“We felt like we had a really good team this year and we wanted to get off to a good start and winning our home tournament is definitely a good way to start it off. We are pretty happy with the way we played this week and hopefully we can continue our success next week,” added Gregson. “I played really well, I was fortunate enough to birdie three of the last four holes because I was chasing the guy I was playing with, who ended up getting second, and was fortunate enough to pass him up on the last hole with a birdie.”


“Mitchell is a tough guy comes from a sports background, played baseball in high school, so when I looked at his score card and saw that he was keeping track with everyone in the group it just shows that Mitch’s mindset was trying to win the golf tournament today,” added Norris. ”He was hitting the shots done the stretch and had a great birdie on 18 to seal it.”


Senior Robert Streb carded his second under-par round of the tournament Tuesday with a 1-under 71. The Edmond, Okla., native finished with a  total score of 3-over 219, placing him in a tie for fourth place. Junior Joe Ida was the other Wildcat golfer to place in the top 10 with a seventh place finish at 8-over 224.


Jason Schulte and Daniel Wood rounded out the top 20 with an 11th and 17th place finish, respectively. Ross Geubelle ended the tournament in 21st place with a 17-over 230 and junior Joe Kinney placed 24th with a 15-over 231.


Spencer Alefs, a junior, placed 22nd with a 22-over par 238, while sophomore Kyle Smell placed 47th after a 26-over 242.


The Wildcats play next on September 29-30, at the Cardinal Intercollegiate in Louisville, Ky.


Jim Colbert Intercollegiate

Manhattan, Kan.

Colbert Hills Golf Course

Par 72 / 7,525 yards


Team Scores: 1.Kansas State, 294-299-290883 (+19); 2. UMKC, 308-294-298900 (+36); 3. Western Illinois, 310-312-288910 (+46); 4. Wichita State, 304-308-302914 (+50); 5. Oral Roberts, 309-315-306930 (+66); 6. Miami (Ohio), 318-307-310935 (+71); 7. Florida Gulf Coast, 318-314-308940 (+76); 8. Missouri State, 306-313-326945 (+81); 9.Army, 324-318-319961 (+97).


Top Individuals: 1.Mitchell Gregson, Kansas State, 74-74-68216 (E); 2. Dustin Garza, Wichita State, 73-72-72217 (+1); 3. Braxton Marquez*, Arizona State, 72-73-73218 (+2); T4. Alex Hogben, UMKC, 76-72-71219 (+3); T4. Robert Streb, Kansas State, 71-77-71219 (+3).


K-State Individuals: T7. Joe Ida, 73-77-74224 (+8); T11. Jason Schulte*, 78-75-73226 (+10); T17. Daniel Wood*, 76-78-75229 (+13); T21. Ross Geubelle, 79-74-77230 (+14); 24. Joe Kinney, 79-77-81231 (+15); T36. Spencer Alefs*, 79-77-82238 (+22); 47. Kyle Smell*, 81-77-84242 (+26).


* Competing as an individual