Wildcats Hope to Catch Fire in Ohio

Jack Watson

Oct. 8, 2010


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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team will travel to Akron, Ohio, to compete in the Firestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club North Course, October 11-12. The event tees off Monday with a 36-hole shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The final round is another shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Live scoring for the event will be provided by www.golfstat.com.

THE LINEUP: The Wildcats will be lead into action by a pair of freshmen, Jack Watson and Thomas Birdsey, who are both coming off of Top-5 finishes in their last outing. They will be joined by sophomore Ben Juffer and fellow freshman David Klaudt, as well as senior Ross Geubelle to round out the team lineup. Sophomore Chase Chamberlin will also compete in the field as an individual.

LOOK AT THE FIELD: The 13-team field includes: Akron, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Maryland, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, St. Mary's, Toledo, Wichita State and Xavier.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: With 70 percent of the K-State roster being made up of underclassmen, the 2010-11 season has seen a bevy of young golfers receive invaluable experience for the Wildcats. Those underclassmen are taking advantage, accounting for six Top-20 finishes in just three tournaments so far, including two in the Top-5.

2009 FIRESTONE INVITATIONAL: K-State took fourth at last year's Firestone Invitational, carding a 296-269-297--889 to finish the tournament at 25-over par, while Saint Mary's took home top honors. Graduated senior Joe Ida lead the Wildcats, carding a 1-under par 215 to take home fourth place individually.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats had their best performance of the 2010-11 season, finishing in second at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate. Freshman Jack Watson, who was playing as an individual, took home second place, with fellow freshman Thomas Birdsey finishing one shot back in third.