Wildcats Look to Finish Strong at Pacific

MANHATTAN, Kan.  The Kansas State men’s golf team looks to finish the fall season with a vicotry as the Wildcats compete in the Pacific Invitational, Monday through Wednesday 3-5. The event will tee off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (PT) each day. Live statistics will also be available by logging on to www.golfstat.com.


LOOK AT THE FIELD:  The field contains 11 teams from across the country, with six teams hailing from the state of California. The entire 11-team field includes: Brigham Young, Cal-Davis, Cal-State Northridge, Fresno State, Marquette, Oregon, Pacific, Rice, Sacramento State, UC-Santa Barbara, and UT San Antonio.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats took home the second place trophy for the second week in a row at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate. With their finish, the Wildcats have placed in the top five in all five tournaments this year. Robert Streb led the team with a 12th place finish. Mitchell Gregson finished one stroke behind Streb in a tie for 15th.  Sophomore Kyle Smell placed 36th while Ross Geubelle finished 43rd. Fellow Wildcat golfer Jason Schulte, finished in 49th place.

2007 PACIFIC INVITATIONAL: A school-record team score and six-stroke lead wasn’t enough to hold off a charge from the top-ranked team in the country as Kansas State finished in second place at the Pacific Invitational last year. UNC Charlotte bested the Wildcats with a team score of 278-275-271824 (-40). Robert Streb and Joe Ida tied for third place with 13-under par 203.


FALL SUCCESS:  With five tournaments in the books, Kansas State has finished no worse than fourth place in the first five tournaments. Junior Mitchell Gregson has won two individual crowns this season at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate and the Santa Clara Invitational, which he has recorded another top-10 finish at the Cardinal Intercollegiate. Senior Robert Streb has finished in the top-10 in all but one tournament this fall. Both Gregson and Streb have a stoke average below 72.


HOST BROOKSIDE COUNTRY CLUB:  The University of the Pacific will host the 11 teams at the Brookside Country Club. The Brookside Country Club the 18-hole layout covers 6,720 yards and is a par 72 course.


K-State’s Pacific Inviational Lineup

Name                                Yr-Exp     Hometown              08-09 Rnds     08-09 Avg

Robert Streb                     Sr.-3L     Edmond, Okla.               12                  71.33

Mitchell Gregson             Jr.-2L     Waterloo, Ill.                  12                  70.67

Joe Ida                               Jr.-2L     Fort Scott, Kan.              9                   72.11

Ross Geubelle                 So.-1L     Lakin, Kan.                     12                  74.83

Kyle Smell                       So.-1L     Overland Park, Kan.      6                   77.00