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STOCKTON, Calif. The Kansas State men’s golf team won the Pacific Invitational on Wednesday after a 283-283-282853 (+1). The Wildcats started the day in a tie for third place with Fresno State, but carded a final round score of 2-under par 282 to capture the title at the par 71 6,757 yard Brookside Country Club.


With the win, the Wildcats have won two tournaments this fall and finished no lower than fourth place in all six fall events. UC Davis, ranked 15th, placed second after carding a 4-under 280 final round and a total score of 4-over par 856. Rice and Fresno State tied for third place after final round scores of 9-over par 293 and 4-over par 288.


“We got it done today,” said head coach Tim Norris. “Our guys played with a lot of pose today and a lot of confidence. Coming down the stretch, it was ours to take or someone else was going to take it away from us and they really did a great job. Mitch (Gregson) has played great, Joe (Ida) threw in a pretty good round today after finishing up with a 30 foot putt for eagle on No. 16.  ”


Mike Van Sickle of Marquette claimed the individual title with a three-round score of 4-under par 209. Senior Robert Streb carded his lowest round of the tournament on Wednesday and tied for second place after carding a 3-under par 210, tying his best finish this season.


“Robert has played great golf this fall,” added Norris. “He is just a bulldog. If he makes a bogey, he gets right back on his game and doesn’t let it faze him. It is good to see a senior lead your team like he has and I think that means a lot.”


Mitchell Gregson tied for seventh place with an even par score of 213. With the seventh place finish, Gregson has finished inside the top-10 in all but two tournaments this fall. Sophomore Ross Geubelle tied for 16th place carding a 3-over par 216 three round score.


Wildcat golfer Joe Ida carded a 1-under par 70 final round score, placing him in a four-way tie for 18th place. Finishing in a tie for 34th place is sophomore Kyle Smell with a three round score of 8-over par 221.


 “All the players felt that we were going to have a good team this year and what they think really matters the most,” added Norris. “ We are not practicing any different than we did last year we just have good players playing with confidence and when you put them in a group together, good things are going to happen.”


The Wildcats will resume play on February 27, 2009, at the Dual in the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.


Pacific Invitational

Stockton, Calif.

Brookside Country Club

Par 71, 6,757 yards


Team Scores: 1. Kansas State, 283-283-282-853 (+1); 2.UC Davis, 290-286-280856 (+4); T3.Rice, 283-283-293859 (+7); T3. Fresno State, 279-292-288859(+7);  5. Oregon, 284-286-293863 (+11); 6.Brigham Young, 285-288-292865 (+13); 7. CSU Northridge, 287-288-292867 (+15); T8. Marquette, 292-288-293873 (+21); T8. Pacific, 290-292-291873 (+21); T8. UC-Santa Barbara, 292-296-285873 (+21); 12. Sacramento State, 287-299-293879 (+27); 12. UTSA, 297-302-292891 (+39);


Top Individuals: 1. Mike Van Sickle, Marquette, -7070-69209 (-4); T2. Michael Buttacavoli, Rice , 70-67-73210 (-3); T2. Robert Streb, Kansas State, 69-73-68210 (-3); T2.Grant Doverspike, Fresno State, 66-74-70210 (-3) T2. Casey Piper, CSU-Northridge, 70-70-70210 (-3);


K-State Individuals: T2. Robert Streb, Kansas State, 69-73-68210 (-3); T7. Mitchell Gregson, Kansas State, 71-68-74213 (E); T16. Ross Geubelle, 74-72-70216 (+3); T18. Joe Ida, 73-74-70217 (+4).; T34Kyle Smell, 72-73-76221 (+8)


* Competing as an individual