K-State to Host Jim Colbert Intercollegiate

Ben Juffer

Sept. 29, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men's golf team will host its only home event of the year as the Wildcats take on seven other teams in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4, at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kan. The tournament, which is the fifth-straight year that K-State will host the event, will consist of 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday, beginning with 8:30 a.m., shotgun starts each day.

The Wildcats have used the home course knowledge to their advantage in the past four years of hosting the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate. The team has finished no lower than second place and has seen at least two golfers finish in the top-five every year.

Included in the success are back-to-back team titles in 2008 and 2009 where the Cats dominated the field. Former Wildcat Mitchell Gregson led the team to a 17-stroke victory by capturing the individual title in 2008. The following year, Gregson earned runner-up individual honors behind teammate and former Wildcat Joe Ida as the team defeated rival Kansas by 22 strokes.

K-State will use the same five-man scoring lineup that placed seventh at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational last week. The Wildcats were led by freshman Kyle Weldon, who placed fifth in his first tournament in the scoring lineup. Co-captains Curtis Yonke and Kyle Smell also put together consistent rounds in the shortened event and placed 24th and 36th, respectively. Ben Juffer rounded out the top four team scores by finishing in a tie for 70th, while Chase Chamberlin finished in a tie for 82nd.

Additionally, Alex Carney, David Klaudt and Tyler Norris will compete as individuals in the 54-hole event.

In last season’s event, Central Arkansas edged K-State by nine strokes to claim the 2010 title. Former Wildcats Jack Watson and Thomas Birdsey finished in second and third, respectively.

Teams travelling to Manhattan for the tournament are Boise State, Creighton, Drake, Idaho, North Dakota, Northern
Colorado and South Dakota.

Results of the 2011 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate will be posted on www.kstatesports.com at the conclusion of play on
Monday and Tuesday. The event is free to attend, and the public is encouraged to attend. Additionally, “K-State
Gameday” will air at 6 p.m., on K-StateHD.TV. The 30-minute show is hosted by Brian Smoller and will feature
analysis from former Wildcat great Jim Colbert.