Wildcats to Close Out Fall Season on West Coast

Matt Green

Oct. 26, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team will close out the fall portion of its schedule as it travels to Stockton, Calif., to compete in the 2012 SCVB Pacific Invitational, Monday through Wednesday, October 28-31, at the par-72, 6,720-yard Brookside Country Club. Play will begin each day at 8 a.m. (PT), with 54 holes of competition taking place over the three-day span.
“Brookside is a great tournament course with three exciting finishing holes - two reachable par-5s and a medium-length par-3 - all with water hazards,” said head coach Tim Norris. “There are plenty of birdies to be made, but we must think our way around it as not just a ‘bombers’ course but just 18 holes a day, so it will be important to get off to a fast start each morning.”

Competing for the Wildcats will be seniors Ben Juffer and Curtis Yonke, junior Daniel Wood, sophomore Kyle Weldon and freshman Matt Green. This will be the second time this season, and in as many weeks, that the Wildcats will use this scoring lineup.

Juffer is coming of a solid finish at the Herb Wimberly Invitational where he carded a 3-over 216 to finish in a tie for 22nd place. Juffer’s first-round 69 was his lowest 18-hole score of the season, marking the seventh time this year that a Wildcat golfer has carded a sub-70 score over 18 holes.

Yonke is looking to bounce back from a rough outing in the Wimberly Invitational where the he tied for 66th place. In the two events prior to the Wimberly Invite, Yonke recorded a pair of top-10 finishes, placing third in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate and tying for 10th in the Firestone Invitational.

Along with Juffer, Wood is the only Wildcat who has been a part of a K-State scoring lineup in every tournament this season. Wood currently leads the team in percentage of rounds counted for team score (96.42), and ranks second on the team in stroke average (73.35) and total rounds played (14).

Weldon and Green will be playing in their third- and fourth-straight events as part of a Wildcat scoring lineup, respectively. The duo’s best finish of the year came in the season-opening Shocker Classic, where Weldon carded a 2-under 211 to tie for seventh place and Green, playing as an individual, notched a 7-under 206 to earn third-place honors.

In addition to the Wildcats, the event’s field will include BYU, Cal State Northridge, Colorado State, Charlotte, Denver, Fresno State, Nevada, Pacific, Sacramento State, Santa Clara and UC Davis.
Live results of the Pacific Invitational will be available at golfstat.com. Recaps will be available at kstatesports.com at the conclusion of play on each day.