K-State Looking for Good Fortune in Golden State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State men will take to the links for the fourth time this fall when they travel California for the Club Glove Intercollegiate at Saticoy Country Club on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23.

The tournament marks the first of four tournaments in the next five that K-State will travel to the Golden State to compete in, and the second of four trips west this fall. The Wildcats are 30-12 (.714) through three tournaments and have finished in the top half of the field in each. K-State can expect its toughest competition at the Club Glove Intercollegiate where it faces two opponents ranked in the top-20, including host Pepperdine.

The tournament starts with two rounds on Monday beginning at 7:30 a.m. (PT) with tee times on the 1st and 10th holes and a third and final round being played at 7:15 a.m. (PT) on Tuesday with tee times on the 1st hole. K-State will take five players and the lowest four scores will be counted for the team score.

K-State’s Projected Lineup
1 - Mitchell Gregson - So. - 73.22 Stroke Average, team-high 100-percent of rounds counted
2 - Kyle Smell - Fr. - 74.56 Stroke Average, tied a team-season-low round of 70 (-2) at Reno
3 - Robert Streb - Jr. - 74.00 Stroke Average, tied for team lead with 1 top-5 finish
4 - Brian Larson - RFr. - 83.00 Stroke Average, will make team collegiate debut
5 - Joe Ida - So. - 74.89 Stroke Average, Second on team with 94 percent of rounds counted.

A Glance at the Field
The Wildcats have faced a diverse range of opponents this fall with 38 unique opponents in the first three tournaments of the season. That trend will continue on Monday when the Wildcats tee off against nine new teams in the field of 12 at the Club Glove Intercollegiate. As expected from a West Coast tournament, the field boasts the highest amount of teams from the West Region which is represented by six squads. Kansas State is one of three Central Region teams and three teams from the East Region round out the field. Nine different conferences will be represented including the Big 12 (2), Mountain West (2), West Coast (2), Big West (1), Colonial Athletic (1), Conference USA (1), Southeastern (1), Southland (1), and Western Athletic (1). Four of the teams in the field are ranked in the Golfweek Top-50, including host Pepperdine (20) and Lamar (12). The Wildcats are 1-1 against the field, finishing higher than Nevada and lower than Colorado State earlier this season.

Saticoy Country Club
The club was founded in 1921 and incorporated Oct. 27, 1927, as the Ventura County Country Club. The club was reorganized as Saticoy Country Club in 1946. In 1964, the club moved from what is now the Saticoy Regional Golf Course to its existing location. The course was designed by William F. Bell and has been host to state championships, the PAC 10 Championship, the Pepperdine Intercollegiate and numerous national championship qualifiers.

Club Glove Intercollegiate
Monday and Tuesday mark the ninth annual Club Glove Intercollegiate and the Wildcats will make their second-consecutive appearance. Kansas State hopes to improve on last year’s performance, as the 2006 squad finished 10th out of the 12 team field while shooting over 300 in each round. Mitchell Gregson, Joe Ida and Robert Streb will be making their second trip to the tournament after competing in last year’s event which was played in Camarillo, Calif. Club Glove host Pepperdine has won three of the eight events since the first was played in 1999. Lamar enters this year’s competition as the defending champion and as the highest ranked team in the field at No. 12, according to Golfweek Magazine.

Last Time Out
Kansas State fell out of contention at the Wolf Pack Classic on day two, while tying a season high for strokes in a round with 303. The Wildcats slipped from third place to ninth in the final round of play at Wolf Run Golf Club. K-State’s Kyle Smell and Robert Streb carded the low scores for the Wildcats with a pair of 2-over 74’s. Smell finished second on the team behind Mitchell Gregson for the tournament with a 75-70-74219 (+3) and finished in a tie for 27th. Streb was K-State’s third lowest scorer with a 75-72-74221 (+5..Gregson, who fired back-to-back rounds under par to open the competition on Monday shot a 5-over 77 on Tuesday. He still finished with the Wildcats lowest tournament total at 70-71-77218 (+2), but failed to crack the top-20 for the first time this season as he finished tied for 22nd.

Wildcats Get Climate Controlled
Cloudy skies, cold weather and the threat of rain are no longer concerns for the Kansas State golf programs after dedicating the new K-State Fieldhouse Development Indoor Facility under similar conditions on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Colbert Hills Golf Course. The programs opened the 1,344 square-foot, all-weather practice facility with a ribbon cutting and open house. After a greeting from project coordinator Bernie Haney and notes of appreciation from the K-State coaches, K-State golfers Kali Quick, Michelle Regan and Kyle Yonke, along with Fieldhouse Development President Zac Burton, christened the facility with straight drives out of the hitting bays. The facility includes three all-weather hitting bays, an indoor putting surface and a hitting bay with cutting-edge video technology. The $275,000 project was made possible by generous donations from the Burtons and supporters of Chip-In for K-State Golf and will allow K-State golfers to improve their game no matter the season or weather.

Youth Movement
Robert Streb is no old man, but the Junior from Edmond, Okla., may feel it as the oldest member of the K-State lineup for the second consecutive tournament. Streb will be joined by experienced sophomores Mitchell Gregson and Joe Ida, redshirt-freshman Brian Larson and true freshman Kyle Smell. The Wildcats competed with an even younger lineup during the Wolf Pack Classic with true freshman Daniel Wood in the lineup instead of Larson. Kyle Yonke is the lone senior on the team and Joe Kinney and Streb are the only juniors. Larson will be making his first collegiate appearance in the K-State lineup after spending last season as a redshirt.

Counting Rounds
K-State sophomore Mitchell Gregson has been solid for the Wildcats through three tournaments this fall. Not only is the Waterloo, Ill., native leading the team in with his 73.22 stroke average, he also leads the team with all nine of his rounds counting towards the total team score. Joe Ida is second with 94.4 percent of his rounds counted, Robert Streb third at 88.5 percent, and Kyle Yonke (58.3) and Kyle Smell (55.6) are the other Wildcats with over half of their rounds counting towards the team score. Smell has contributed all six of his rounds as a member of the team lineup but competed as an individual at Kansas.

Where are Those Guys?
Joe Kinney, a junior from Antioch, Ill., and Jason Schulte, a sophomore from Mission Hills, Kan., made contributions to the team as members of the lineup at various events last season but have yet to make an appearance this fall. Kansas State head coach Tim Norris says the two are likely candidates to redshirt this season and retain their current eligibility for next season. The two are practicing with the team and working diligently to improve their game.