Norris Announces Two-Man Signing Class

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State head men's golf coach Tim Norris announced the signings of Kyle Smell and Daniel Wood to National Letters of Intent (NLI) for the 2007-08 season.

"Both Kyle and Daniel have the qualities we are looking for here at K-State - a tremendous work ethic and a passion for the game," said Norris.  "Both of them have dreams to play at the professional level and feel that golf at Colbert Hills and in the Big 12 Conference will help them towards those goals."

Smell will be coming to K-State with an impressive resume. He was named the 2005 Kansas Golf Association (KGA) Junior Player of the Year following a victory at the 2005 Kansas Public Links Championship and a runner-up finish at the Kansas Junior Amateur. He won the Public Links Championship in the first playoff hole after tying through 36 holes at 4-under-par 136. Also, Smell took home first-place honors during a qualifier for the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Smell was the runner up again at the 2006 Kansas Junior Amateur, falling by one stroke to current Wildcat Jason Schulte. Recently, Smell won his first Future Collegians World Tour event by carding a two-round score of 5-over-par 149 at the Bear Creek West Open in Dallas, Texas.

Smell, currently a senior at Blue Valley West HS in Overland Park, Kan., has led the Jaguars the past three years. He has placed in the top-five in the state tournament his freshman through junior seasons, including a second-place finish as a sophomore in 2005. He was crowned Eastern Kansas League (EKL) Champion as a junior in 2006, as well as being named All-Sun Country in both 2005 and 2006.

"Kyle has proved to be one of the top players in the Midwest. As a left-hander, he has plenty of length off the tee along with being very accurate.  He has a great short game and the ability to keep the ball down in the wind," said Norris.

Wood, ranked No. 48 in the Class of 2007 according to Golfweek, has had success both as a prep and in national tournaments. He claimed a fourth-place finish out of 109 competitors at the Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship following a 36-hole score of 9-over-par 153. He also tied for fourth at the AJGA Medicus Preseason Junior with a 3-over-par 143.

Currently a senior at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, Texas, Wood was a regional runner-up as well as a state finalist as a junior in 2006. He was also the district runner-up in 2004 and 2006. The Leander, Texas, native, led the Rangers to district championships in both 2005 and 2006.

"Daniel's game is solid in all facets. He is an excellent athlete who has also ran on one of the top high school cross country teams in Texas," Norris said.

Both golfers will complete their prep career this coming spring before coming to K-State as true freshmen in the fall of 2007.