K-State Travels to New Mexico for Wimberly Invite

Ben Juffer

Oct. 19, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., to compete in the 2012 Herb Wimberly, Monday and Tuesday, October 22-23, at the 7,074-yard, par-71 New Mexico State Golf Course. This year’s trip will mark the fourth time in the last six seasons that K-State has played in the Wimberly Invitational with its best result coming in 2008 when the Wildcats carded a 17-over 869 to finish in second place.

The event will consist of 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday, with an 8 a.m. (MT) shotgun start to begin play each day.

“The course at New Mexico State provides a good challenge with some narrow tree/desert-lined fairways,” said head coach Tim Norris.  “Golfing great Lee Trevino used to practice his driving accuracy there when he lived in El Paso during the prime of his playing career. Driving the ball long and straight will be rewarded. All the guys seem to be rested and ready to go.”

The scoring lineup for the Wildcats will consist of freshman Matt Green, sophomore Kyle Weldon, junior Daniel Wood, and seniors Ben Juffer and Curtis Yonke. Junior Alex Carney will be competing as an individual.

Green is coming off a solid performance in the Bill Ross Intercollegiate, when he carded a 1-under 217 as an individual to finish in third place. Green is currently tied for the team lead in rounds played under par (4) and leads the squad in most top-five finishes (2).

Weldon will be a part of the Wildcats’ scoring lineup for the third time this season, as he led the Wildcats to a second-place finish in the season-opening Shocker Classic and finished in a tie for 30th place in the Firestone Invitational.

Wood has been one of the most consistent golfers for K-State this year and is one of two Wildcats that have been a part of every scoring lineup this season. Wood’s scores have counted towards the team score in 10.5 out of 11 rounds this year.

Along with Wood, Juffer has been a part of the scoring lineup for K-State in every event this year and is coming off a pair of top-25 finishes in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate (2nd) and the Firestone Invitational (T22nd).

Yonke is coming off a 10th-place performance in last week’s Firestone Invitational, as he fired an even-par 144 over a weather-shortened 36 holes of play. Yonke is currently second on the team in stroke average (72.75) and is tied for the team lead in rounds played under or at even par (4).

Carney will be playing in his fourth event of the season, with his best finish coming in the Shocker Classic, where he recorded a 1-over 214 on his way to an 18th place finish.

In addition to K-State, the field for the Herb Wimberly Invitational event will consist of Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Oral Roberts, Texas State, UNLV, UTEP, UT-San Antonio, Western New Mexico and Wichita State.    

Post-event recaps and results from the 2012 Herb Wimberly Invitational will be available at kstatesports.com at the conclusion of play on Monday and Tuesday.