Cats Travel to Bay Area for Alister MacKenzie

ALISTER MacKENZIE INVITATIONAL
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 9-10

   Monday: 7:20 a.m. (PT) - Tee Times
   Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. (PT) - Tee Times
The Meadow Club
Fairfax, Calif.
Par 71 / 6,606 yards
Hosted by California
Teams:
California, Cal Poly, Fresno State, KANSAS STATE, Long Beach State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, Washington State.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the third time in as many years, the Kansas State men’s golf team will travel to Fairfax, Calif., to participate in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 9-10. The Wildcats will look to amend their 12th-place finish in the 2005 version of the event, as well as back-to-back ninth place finishes in their last two tournaments. The 54-hole event kicks off with a 7:20 a.m. (PT) tee time on Monday. K-State is paired with Oregon and Fresno State for the first 36-holes. The final round of the event will get underway with tee times starting at 8:00 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, with Monday’s results determining pairings. Live statistics for the Alister MacKenzie Invitational will not be available. Results will be posted on www.k-statesports.com as soon as they become available.
 
THE MEADOW CLUB
Located approximately 20 miles northwest of the campus of the University of California. The Meadow Club has been the home of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational since the inaugural event in 2002. Opened in 1927, the formerly named Meadow Club of Tamalpais was designed by famed golf course architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie. The course was also the site in which the Alister MacKenzie Society was founded in 1987. For more information on The Meadow Club, please visit www.meadowclub.com.
 
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Of the 15 teams in this year’s field, 11 are return vistors to the California coastline from last year’s event... Three of the top-5 teams from last year (Cal-Berkeley, Fresno State, and UC-Irvine) also return for the 2006 edition... 10 of the 15 teams hail from the state of California...  K-State has only faced three of the 14 other squads this season, going 2-1 (Fresno State: 1-0, Oregon State: 0-1; Penn State: 1-0)... Kansas State enters the event as the highest-ranked team in the field at 54th, according to the October 1st edition of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings... Penn State is right behind the Wildcats at 55th, with St. Mary’s coming in at 59th.

LAST TIME OUT: WOLF PACK CLASSIC
Following a second-round score of 299 to tie for 11th heading into the final day, the Kansas State men's golf team improved seven strokes and moved up two spots on the leaderboard during the final round of the Wolf Pack Classic. The Wildcats carded a third-round score of 292, finishing the event with a team score of 12-over par 876 (285-299-292), tying with UTEP for ninth place. Iowa State won the event after firing a 22-under par 842. Utah's Dustin Pimm, who led the field through the first 36 holes, took home individual honors after firing a 66-66-73205 (-11). For the first time on the year, sophomore Robert Streb led the Wildcats in an event, tying for 20th overall at even-par 216 (71-72-73). It was his best finish since tying for 12th at the 2006 NCAA Central Regional and his best finish vs. par since the Barona Collegiate Cup last October. Three strokes behind Streb was freshman Mitchell Gregson, who carded three counting rounds of 73-74-72 en route to a tie for 36th at 3-over par 219. Another freshman, Joe Ida, recorded a second-straight solid performance, tying for 48th following at 5-over par 221.

A LOOK BACK: 2005 ALISTER MacKENZIE INVITATIONAL
The Kansas State men’s golf team dropped six spots during the final round to finish 12th at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. The Wildcats entered the final round of competition tied for sixth, looking to piece together another solid round after recording a 280 and 283 in the first and second rounds, respectively. However, K-State carded a forgettable 302 to finish at 13-over 865. Host school California won the tournament with its 8-under 844 performance. Fresno State’s Jon Rose took home individual honors after carding an 8-under 205, including back-to-back 67s in the second and third rounds. For the first time in his career, then-sophomore Kyle Yonke led the team in a tournament. The only golfer to shoot consistent low-70 scores all three rounds for the Wildcats, Yonke ended the tournament at three-over 216. Then-freshman Robert Streb rebounded from a second-round 77 as he shot par on during the final round to end the tournament at 72-77-71220 (+7).

WHO’S NUMBER FIVE?
Four of the five-member lineup for K-State throughout the first three tournaments this season has been consistent, as Mitchell Gregson, Joe Ida, Robert Streb and Kyle Yonke have each been in the starting lineup in the first three events this fall. The fifth member of the traveling squad has cycled between Jason Schulte (Central Region Preview), Joe Kinney (Wolverine Intercollegiate) and Jay Kramer (Wolf Pack Classic). This weekend, Schulte will be back in the lineup, the second time this season he’s seen action as a team member, and his third event played overall (he competed as an individual for the Wolverine Intercollegiate). When Schulte was in the lineup at the Central Region Preview, the Wildcats recorded their best outing of the season, tying for second at 49-over par 913. In that event, the Mission Hills, Kan., native, pitched in counting rounds in the first 36 holes.

FRESH TEAM
Freshmen Mitchell Gregson and Joe Ida became the first rookie competitors since Scott McNeely and Bryan Milberger in 1998 to take part in the first three events of the season. The 1998 duo combined for a 75.39 stroke average, while this season’s freshmen have teamed up for a 74.39 stroke-per-round average. Furthermore, Milberger and McNeely combined for just one top-20 finish through the first three events, when McNeely tied for 16 at the Wildcat Intercollegiate. Gregson already has one top-10 placing (tied for sixth at the Central Regional Preview), while Ida claimed a top-20 spot at the Wolverine Intercollegiate (tied for 15th).

FALL PREVIEW: YOUTH TO TAKE COURSE FOR K-STATE
Although K-State lost its all-time career stroke average leader in Ben Kern, the Wildcats might have one of the most promising young golfers in collegiate golf in sophomore Robert Streb. As a freshman, Streb placed second on the team in stroke average at 73.83 strokes per round, the best stroke average by a freshman in the Tim Norris era. He also became only the fourth golfer and first freshman in K-State history to advanced to the NCAA Championship. The Edmond, Okla., product, moved on to nationals on the heels of a tie for 12th at the NCAA Central Regional. He was the top individual not on an advancing team. Kyle Yonke returns as the Wildcats’ most experienced golfer in terms of events played. A junior from Lubbock, Texas, Yonke competed in 11 of the team’s 13 events last season, boasting a 75.25 stroke average. The Wildcats also sport a five-man recruiting class that have made a name for themselves on the high school level. All five guys finished in the top-five of their respective state tournaments last spring, with Fort Scott, Kan., product Joe Ida leading the way after claiming the Kansas Class 4A State Championship. Two more Kansas natives, Ross Geuebelle and Jason Schulte, had successful summers on the junior circuit as Geubelle finished seventh at the national Big I Junior Classic in Odessa, Texas, and Schulte took home first-place honors at the Kansas Junior Amateur in July. Mitchell Gregson, who will see his first tournament action as a collegiate golfer this weekend, also came to K-State with an impressive resume. The Waterloo, Ill., native, was an all-conference selection all four years of high school, and completed his senior season with a 72.00 stroke average. Gregson placed first in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) regionals and sectionals, carding a 69 and a 71, respectively. He also broke an IHSA Class AA record, carding a 71-70141 (-3) during the state tournament. He made a birdie putt on the last hole to force a playoff in that tournament, but lost in a four-hole playoff.

K-State's Alister MacKenzie Invitational Lineup
NAME              YR-EXP  HOMETOWN            RDS.  AVG.
Robert Streb      So.-1L  Edmond, Okla.        9   74.44 
Mitchell Gregson  Fr.-HS  Waterloo, Ill.       9   73.89 
Joe Ida           Fr.-HS  Ft. Scott, Kan.      9   74.89
Jason Schulte     Fr.-HS  Mission Hills, Kan.  6   77.50
Kyle Yonke        Jr.-2L  Lubbock, Texas       9   74.44