Wildcats Fire 4-Under Rounds at Desert Shootout

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Junior Matt Green carded a 5-under par 139 through 36 holes at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Arizona, on Friday to position the Kansas State men’s golf team in a tie for ninth place heading into Saturday’s final round at the Palm Valley Golf Club. The Wildcats paired together two team rounds of 4-under par 284 to finish the day at 8-under 568.


“I thought we competed well today, but we just couldn't get anything going. The course was very scoreable, but again, we didn't make enough putts to get any kind of momentum,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “All of the guys are playing well enough. We just have to be patient and not try to force things, and we can have a low round tomorrow.”


Green birdied his first two holes on Friday and collected three more throughout his first round compared to just one bogey to finish his first 18 holes at 4-under par 68. He would settle for a 1-under par second round to enter the clubhouse in a tie for 13th place.


Senior Kyle Weldon recorded a 2-over par 74 in his up-and-down first round, but he fired the team’s best score in the second round with a 3-under par 69 that featured six birdies. Weldon sits in tie for 37th at 1-under par 143 with teammate Jeremy Gandon, who carded four birdies for a 2-under par 70 in his first go-around followed by a 1-over par 73 that had a stretch of seven consecutive pars.


Freshman Andrew Beckler knocked in six birdies on Friday and eagled the par-5 11th en route to a 1-over par 73 first round and 1-under par second round. Beckler’s even-par 144 has him in a tie for 44th place. Sophomore Oscar Spolander birdied three and bogeyed four holes in his first round for a 1-over par 73, but he suffered from three double bogeys in his second round to enter the final round in a tie for 94th place at 7-over par 151.


On top of the team leaderboard after day one is Iowa State, which jumped up into first place after putting together a score of 25-under par 551. The Cyclones carded a 12-under par 276 in their first round and entered the clubhouse with a 13-under par 275 in their second round to build a four-stroke lead over second place Kansas. Leading the individual board is Iowa State’s Denzel Ieremia, whose 36-hole score of 11-under par 133 was highlighted by 12 total birdies and two eagles.


The final round of the Desert Shootout is slated for a 9:30 a.m. (CT) start on Saturday. Live scoring from the final round can be found at www.birdiefire.com, while updates from Palm Valley will be available at www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available.

Desert Shootout

Goodyear, Ariz.

Palm Valley Golf Club

Par 72, 7,015 yards

Team Scores: 1. Iowa State, 276-275--551 (-25); 2. Kansas, 279-275--554 (-22); 3. UMKC, 274-284--558 (-18); 4. BYU, 280-281--561 (-15); 5. Northern Illinois, 279-284--563 (-13); 6. Colorado State, 277-288--565 (-11); 7. Eastern Michigan, 284-283--567 (-9); T8. Northern Colorado, 284-284--568 (-8); T8. Kansas State, 284-284--568 (-8); 10. Idaho, 281-289--570 (-6); T11. George Washington, 290-282—572 (-4); T11. Wichita State, 282-290--572 (-4); 13. Columbia, 283-291--574 (-2); 14. Nebraska, 288-288--576 (E); T15. Boise State, 296-286—582 (+6); T15. Tulsa, 288-294--582 (+6); T17. Denver, 288-301--589 (+13); T17. Omaha, 291-298--589 (+13); 19. Grand Canyon, 298-295--593 (+17); 20. Southern Utah, 301-304--605 (+29).

Top Individuals: 1. Denzel Ieremia, Iowa State, 66-67--133 (-11); 2. Joo-Young Lee, Northern Illinois, 65-69--134 (-10); T2. Antoine Rozner, UMKC, 66-68--134 (-10); 4. Francois Lagraulet, UMKC, 67-69--136 (-8); T5. Jimmy Makloski, Colorado State, 69-68--137 (-7); T5. Grant Bennett, Wichita State, 65-72--137 (-7); T5. Patrick Fishburn, BYU, 71-66--137 (-7); T5. Chase Hanna, Kansas, 67-70--137 (-7); T5. Connor Peck, Kansas, 68-69--137 (-7). 


K-State Individuals: T13. Matt Green, 68-71--139 (-5); T37. Kyle Weldon, 74-69--143 (-1); T37. Jeremy Gandon, 70-73--143 (-1); T44. Andrew Beckler, 73-71--144 (E); T94. Oscar Spolander, 73-78--151 (+7).