Wildcats Climbing Leader Board at Wolf Pack Classic

RENO, Nev. Mitchell Gregson carded two rounds under par and helped the Kansas State men’s golf team drop eight strokes off its opening-round tally and into a tie for third place at the end of the first day of competition at the Wolf Pack Classic on Monday.

Gregson opened play at Wolf Run Golf Club with a 2-under 70 and followed with a 1-under 71 to tie for fifth after 36 holes. As a team, the Wildcats shot a 5-over 293 in the first round, before shaving eight strokes and jumping seven spots on the leader board with a 3-under 285 in the second.

With the exception of Gregson, who shot the low round for the team in the first round, every Kansas State golfer improved their scores over the second 18 holes and all four contributing scores were at or below par.

“The morning could have been pretty good, but it seemed like everyone had one bad hole,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “(In the second round) for the most part we eliminated those holes and then obviously some familiarity with the course helps a little bit. They’re calling for some wind for tomorrow so hopefully we’ll feel at home.”

Gregson, a sophomore from Waterloo, Ill., has finished at the top of the K-State team standings in the previous two tournaments and has a team-high five rounds at or below par this fall.

“He played really solid this summer so this is no surprise to me,” Norris said. “He’s picked up right where he left off. That’s good to see. He’s playing solid golf but I don’t think anyone on the team has been unconscious our anything. We’re just one hot round away from really busting out. If we could get one really low round or fairly low round we’ll be in pretty good shape.”

Joe Ida and Kyle Smell both finished the first day in the top-25. Ida shot a 73-72145 and Kyle Smell showed the biggest improvement with a 75-70145 as the two were tied for 23rd. Robert Streb shot an opening-round 75 and tallied an even-72 in the second for a day one total of 147 and a tie for 36th. Daniel Wood rounded out the K-State lineup with a 76-75151.

Gregson’s 2-under 70 in the opening round and Smell’s 2-under 70 in the second round are the lowest scores by a K-State individual this season. Kansas State (293-285578 +2) was nine strokes behind second place Iowa State (282-287569 -7) and 13 strokes behind tournament leader Arizona (281-284565 -11).

Competition at the Wolf Pack Classic concludes on Tuesday with the third and final round beginning with at shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Time).