Wildcats within Striking Distance

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Kansas State men’s golf team recieved strong performance Monday from Robert Streb, Joe Ida, and Mitchell Gregson and sits 11 strokes back from lead headed into the final round of the Cardinal Intercollegiate at the par 72, 7001 yard Cardinal Club in Simpsonville Ky. Tied atop the leader board are Denver and host team Louisville with team scores of 15-under par 561.


Kansas State carded a 4-under 572 to sit in sixth one shot behind in-state foe Kansas, who scored a 5-under 571. Eastern Kentucky sits in third place behind Denver and Louisville with an overall score of 564 and in fourth place ahead of Kansas is Indiana which carded a 1-under 568.


“Today was a beautiful day and there was a lot of birdies to be had out there,” said head coach Tim Norris. “There were a lot of low numbers, which speaks to the conditioning of the golf course. We had a little bit of wind today but nothing more than 10 miles per hour. They are calling for a little more like Colbert Hills forecast tomorrow so maybe that will give us a little help. We are pretty far back but you never know. This afternoon’s round was a little bit better than this morning. We just counted one too many high scores but for our first trip around here, I thought the guys did a pretty good job and we will see what tomorrow brings.”


Senior Robert Streb continued his run of under par rounds when he carded a 69-69 for a 6-under par 138 placing him in a tie for fifth place with two other golfers, Mike Van Sickle of Kansas and Joe Kastelic of Cincinnati.  Streb has now carded a sub par score four out of the first five rounds this season.


“Robert had 12 birdies and an eagle. He had his moments today good and bad,” said Norris. “He kind of called it last night when were at dinner because there are so many birdie chances out here and the greens are so good. He hit it hard on line today but still had a couple wayward shots, he never had any big numbers but had a couple bogies, which doesn’t take much when you get in the wrong spot with the greens rolling the way they are it makes for a pretty hard up and down. He is playing well and playing with a lot of confidence and that is good to see because he is a guy that we depend on.”


Junior Joe Ida was the only other Wildcat golfer to place in the top 10 with a 3-under par 141, placing him in a tie for 10th place with five other golfers. Mitchell Gregson, coming off his individual championship last week at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, carded a 1-under par 143, tying him for 23rd place with Chris Biuso of Louisville.


Jason Schulte and Daniel Wood round out the rest of the Wildcat golfers. Schulte, a sophomore, carded a 9-over par 153, placing in a tie for 60th with four other golfers. Wood finished the day with an 11-over 155, giving him sole possession of 68th place.


The Wildcats look to rally back from 11 shots back Tuesday with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start at the Cardinal Intercollegiate. Final results will be posted on www.kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available.


Cardinal Intercollegiate

Simpsonville, Ky.

Cardinal Club

Par 72, 7,001 yards


Team Scores: T1. Denver, 284-277561 (-15); T1. Louisville, 281-280561 (-15); 3. Eastern Kentucky, 278-286564 (-12); 4. Indiana, 286-282568 (-8); 5. Kansas, 285-286571 (-5); 6. Kansas State, 289-283572 (-4); 7. Marquette, 288-287575 (-1); 8. De Paul, 295-285580 (+4); 9. Furman, 291-297588 (+12); 10. Bowling Green, 302-289591 (+15); 11. Cincinnati, 295-299594 (+18); 12. George Washington, 287-311598 (+22); T13. Marshall, 304-296600 (+24); T13. George Mason, 311-289600 (+24); 15. Dayton, 300-305605 (+29).


Top Individuals: 1. Espen Kofstad, Denver, 67-66133 (-11); 2. Trey Bowling, Eastern Kentucky, 65-70135 (-9); T3. Adam Hadwin, Louisville, 68-69137 (-7); T3. Blake Giroux, Kansas, 69-68137 (-7); T5. Robert Streb, Kansas State, 69-69138 (-6); T5. Mike Van Sickle, Marquette, 68-70138 (-6); Joe Kastelic, Cincinnati, 70-68138 (-6).


K-State Individuals: T10. Joe Ida, 71-70141 (-3); T23. Mitchell Gregson, 73-70143 (-1); T60. Jason Schulte, 76-77153 (+9); 68. Daniel Wood, 81-74155 (+11).


* Competing as an individual