Cats Look To Finish Fall Strong at Club Glove

Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 23-24

   Monday: 7:45 a.m. (PT) - Tee Times
   Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. (PT) - Tee Times
Saticoy Country Club
Somis, Calif.
Par 72 / 6,985 yards
Hosted by Pepperdine
Colorado, Houston, KANSAS STATE, Kent State, Lamar, Louisville, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, Southern Mississippi, UC Riverside and Xavier.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men’s golf team will head west for the third straight event to finish out its fall schedule at the Club Glove Intercolleigate, Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 23-24. It is the first time the Wildcats will play in the event since the Club Glove started in 1999. The first 36 holes of the 54-hole tournament will kick off Monday with tee times beginning at 7:45 a.m. (PT). Tee times for Tuesday’s final round begin at 7:30 a.m. (PT), with Monday’s results determining when the Wildcats begin play.  Live statistics of the Club Glove Intercollegiate will not be available. Results will be posted on as soon as they are made available.

The par 72, 6,985-yard Saticoy Country Club has been home to the Club Glove Intercollegiate since the inaugural event in 1999. The club, which is located approximately 40 miles up the California coastline from host school Pepperdine, was originally founded in 1921 as the Ventura County Country Club, and changed to its existing name in 1946. The course has had a history of high scores, as only one team broke 900 in last year’s event.
No. 10 Lamar and No. 16 Louisville highlight the field in Somis... The squads are the only two teams in the field that are in the top 25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings... Kansas State holds a 2-1 record against teams in the field, finishing better than Colorado at the Central Region Preivew and New Mexico State at the Wolf Pack Classic, but placing second to Louisville at the Central Region Preview... Three teams have won tournaments this year, as Louisville leads the way with three, followed by Xavier with two and Lamar with one... Colorado and Kansas State are the only two teams in the field that hail from the Big 12 Conference and the Central Region... Lamar finished tied for ninth at the 2006 NCAA Championship, while Pepperdine made it to nationals, but missed the cut for the final round.

Following a final-round score of 19-over par 303, the Kansas State men's golf team fell three spots to finish 13th at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. The Wildcats carded a 54-hole score of 20-over par 872, their second-lowest output of the season; however low scores were plentiful on the par 71, 6,606-yard Meadow Club. California, which held a 10-stroke lead heading into the final round, held on to take home the team title at 26-under par 826. It's the Bears' second-consecutive victory at the event. California's Michael Wilson carded a 65-67-70202 (-11) en route to taking home individual honors. He was one of only three golfers in the field to shoot sub-par golf in all three rounds. Junior Kyle Yonke led the Wildcats after a career-best 54-hole score of 2-over par 215, tying for 22nd overall. The Lubbock, Texas, product, originally set his career low of 216 at the Alister MacKenzie last year, and equaled that score at the Wolverine Intercollegiate this year. It also marks just the second time in his career that he led the Wildcats in an event. Freshman Mitchell Gregson also recorded a season-best score, as he finished the tournament tied for 35th at 5-over par 218.

Kansas State has relied heavily on the play of junior Kyle Yonke, who is in the midst of playing the best collegiate golf of his career. Following a 2-over par 215 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational two weeks ago, Yonke’s stroke average has improved 1.5 strokes-per-round to 73.75 from a year ago. Last season, the Lubbock, Texas, native, recorded a 75.25 stroke average in 11 events. Furthermore, his rounds have had more of an impact on the final team score than they did a year ago. As a sophomore, Yonke only counted 69.78 percent of his rounds towards the team score (22.33-of-32). After four events this season, he has had just one of his 12 rounds not counted, a 91.67 average. Even more impressive might be the number of even or under-par rounds already this season (4) compared to all of last season (5), and the fact that he has placed as one of the top two Wildcats in two of the four tournaments this year. Because of his solid play thus far during the fall, Yonke has been named the No. 1 golfer for the Club Glove Intercollegiate.

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 all five events this fall. The fifth member of the traveling squad has cycled between Jason Schulte (Central Region Preview and Alister MacKenzie), Joe Kinney (Wolverine Intercollegiate) and Jay Kramer (Wolf Pack Classic). This weekend, redshirt freshman Spencer Alefs will be getting his first action as a collegiate golfer. The Wichita, Kan., native, came to K-State last year following a tie for first at the Kansas 6A state championship.

Freshmen Mitchell Gregson and Joe Ida became the first rookie competitors to take part in the first four events of the season under head coach Tim Norris’ watch. Scott McNeely and Bryan Milberger in 1998 are the closest, as each competitior played in the first three events. The 1998 duo combined for a 75.39 stroke average, while this season’s freshmen teamed up for a 74.39 stroke-per-round average in the first three events. In 1998, Milberger and McNeely combined for just one top-20 finish through the first three events, when McNeely tied for 16th 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). Furthermore, K-State’s freshmen are ranked No. 20 on Golfstat’s top freshman teams, with three golfers in K-State’s top five. The Wildcats actually rank third among teams that carry three freshmen in their top five.

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 in high school, with Fort Scott, Kan., product Joe Ida leading the way after claiming the Kansas Class 4A State Championship last year. 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, one of three freshmen who has been in the lineup every tournamen this season, 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 Club Glove Intercollegiate Lineup
NAME              YR-EXP  HOMETOWN          RDS.   AVG.
Kyle Yonke        Jr.-2L  Lubbock, Texas      12  73.75 
Mitchell Gregson  Fr.-HS  Waterloo, Ill.      12  73.50 
Robert Streb      So.-1L  Edmond, Okla.       12  74.08 
Joe Ida           Fr.-HS  Ft. Scott, Kan.     12  74.83
Spencer Alefs     Fr.-RS  Wichita, Kan.       --   --
Jason Schulte*    Fr.-HS  Mission Hills, Kan.  9  76.66
* Denotes competing as an individual