Ida Named Big 12 Golfer of the Month

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s Joe Ida has been named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month for October, the league office announced on Wednesday.

Ida, a sophomore from Fort Scott, Kan., closed the fall season with three top-15 efforts, including back-to-back top-5 finishes and carded the lowest score in school history on a par-72 course at the Pacific Invitational.

“He’s been playing great,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said during the Pacific Invite. “Golf is a game of confidence and he has a lot of it right now. He’s a good player. He’s a very, very capable player and he’s got a chance to get better too. He’s playing with patience and confidence, throw in a lot of God-given ability and talent and that’s a good combination.”

Ida’s career-best 65 in the second round at the Pacific Invitational, one of his two bogey-free rounds in the tournament, helped him join teammate Robert Streb with a 13-under 203, the third lowest individual 54-hole score in K-State history.

The scores helped K-State to a 38-under 826, the lowest 54-hole team score in school history and a second place finish behind top-ranked Charlotte.

Ida finished second at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate the week before, carding a 3-under 68 in all three rounds.