Wildcats Set to Visit New Mexico

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will travel to the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate and the state of New Mexico for the first time ever on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29-30.

The Wildcats will face a 17 team field at New Mexico State Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M. The event is the fifth of six tournaments that K-State will compete in, and the third of four trips west this fall.

The Wildcats are 35-18 (.660) through four competitions and have finished in the top half of the field in three.

The Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Tournament starts with two rounds on Monday beginning at 8:00 a.m. (MT) with a shotgun start and a third and final round being played at 8:00 a.m. (MT) on Tuesday, also with a shotgun start.

K-State will take five players and the lowest four scores will be counted for the team score. For the event, New Mexico State golf course is set up to be a par-71, 7,078 yard course.

The Wildcats conclude the fall schedule with the Pacific Invitational in Brookside, Calif., on Nov. 5-7.

K-State’s Projected Lineup
1 - Joe Ida - So. - 75.58 - Led the Wildcats with the lowest score at Club Glove
2 - Mitchell Gregson - So. - 74.42 - Team low stroke average through four events
3 - Kyle Smell - Fr. - 75.75 - Tied with Gregson for lowest round of the season (70)
4 - Robert Streb - Jr. - 75.75 - Appeared in the lineup in all four events this fall
5 - Ross Guebelle - RFr. - 77.00 - Making his first trip as part of the team scoring lineup

A Glance at the Field
The 2007 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate features 17 teams from 11 different conferences and three regions. Kansas State is one of three Big 12 schools in the field (Nebraska, Texas Tech) and is joined by teams from the Big West (Cal-Poly), Colonial Athletic (Towson), Conference USA (Rice, Texas-El Paso), Mid-American (Ball State, Miami of Ohio), Pac-10 (Washington State), Southland (Texas-Arlington), Sunbelt (Louisiana-Monroe), West Coast (Loyola Marymount), Western Athletic (Nevada, New Mexico State) and Independent (Northern Colorado). Kansas State is also one of nine teams from the Central Region. There are six teams from the West Region and two from the East Region. K-State is 7-3-0 against the field after teeing it up with eight of the teams in previous competitions this fall.

New Mexico State Golf Course
Easily accessible to the New Mexico State main campus, the University Golf Course is situated one-half mile to the east of the campus, just off Interstate 25. Open seven days a week for public use, the course and driving ranges are also used by both Aggie golf teams as a practice and training facility. The climate of the Mesilla Valley allows the course to be playable year round with an average of two unplayable days per year. The course is long; championship distance is 7,040 yards for men and 6,084 yards for women. The par for both men and women is 72 strokes, 36 on the front nine and 36 on the back nine. The United States Golf Association course rating is 75.0. The average size of the greens is 9,100 square feet and the largest, No. 15 is 11,000. Most greens have two to four sand traps each. Trees have been set in strategic locations at the corners of the doglegs, near tees and around greens. The course has four par-5 holes, 10 par-4 holes and four par-3 holes for men and women. Fairways are narrow about 30 yards wide and the roughs are difficult, filled with native creosote, mesquite, yucca and cactus.

Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate
K-State’s trip to New Mexico will not only mark its first time in the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, but the team’s first competition in the Land of Enchantment. Herb Wimberly host New Mexico State won the 2006 Intercollegiate by 10 strokes. Nebraska came in second with an 861. On the individual side, Nebraska’s Brady Schnell won the top medal medal, firing rounds of 67-70-69 for a 10-under-par 206. New Mexico State’s Freddy Esparza finished in second after carding rounds of 71-70-67 for an 8-under-par 208.

Last Time Out
Three of five K-State golfers improved on their scores from Monday and helped the Wildcats turn in their best round of the Club Glove Intercollegiate on the final day of competition at Somis Country Club on Tuesday. Joe Ida, Mitchell Gregson and Robert Streb all found a way to drop strokes from their scores in the third round and along with Kyle Smell, gave Kansas State a final round 308, a 16-stroke improvement from the first 18 holes on Monday. The Wildcats final tally of 320-316-308944 (+80) was good enough for 7th place out of the 12 team field. Strong Santa Ana winds and smoke from nearby wildfires continued to torment golfers. Tournament-host Pepperdine turned in the first sub-300 round on Tuesday and won the event with a 300-306-299905 (+41).

Steady Cats
Three Wildcats have been mainstays in the K-State lineup this fall and four have played in every tournament. Mitchell Gregson, Joe Ida, Kyle Smell and Robert Streb have all appeared in all four tournaments and plan to make their fifth trip this week. Gregson and Ida appeared in the lineup in all 13 events last season and are the active leaders in consecutive tournaments played at 17. Streb appeared in 12 of the 13 tournaments on the schedule last season and has been active in nine consecutive tournaments.

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.