Wildcats Look to Build Off Positives at Schenkel Invitational

STATESBORO, Ga. – Following a disappointing opening round, the Kansas State men’s golf team was unable to bounce back in the second round on Saturday of the Schenkel Invitational as the Wildcats remain in 14th place at 29-over par 605.

“It was another tough day for us. Even though the results do not show it, there were some positives and things we can learn from,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “I like the fact that our young guys battled. Roland (Massimino), Ben (Fernandez) and Jacob (Eklund) were a combined 7-under par on the last six holes, so they continued to fight through the adversity. Hopefully we can continue to build on that.”

Eklund made a positive contribution to the team score, moving the leaderboard 13 spots to a tie for 40th thanks to an even-par 72 in the second round. The Carbondale, Illinois, freshman improved upon his first-round score by three strokes to end the second round at 3-over par 147.

Massimino, a sophomore who carded a 1-over par 73 on Saturday, and senior Matt Green are currently tied for 67th at 9-over par 153. Massimino improved from a first-round placement of 78th, while Green slipped from 37th. Sophomore Jeremy Gandon fell to a tie for 76th at 13-over par 157.

Fernandez has totaled a 16-over par 160 through two rounds.

The Wildcats will conclude the Schenkel Invitational with an 8:30 a.m. (ET) tee time on Sunday. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com with final results posted to www.k-statesports.com following the conclusion of the tournament.

Schenkel Invitational
Statesboro, Ga.
Forest Heights Golf Course
Par 72, 6,957 Yards

Team Scores: 1. Georgia Southern, 280-276--556, (20); 2. Vanderbilt, 283-280—563, (-13); T3. Florida 282-282—564, (-12); T3. North Carolina State 286-278—564, (-12); 5. Lipscomb University, 281-287—568, (-8) 6. Jacksonville, 284-280—574, (-2); 7. Iowa, 281-294—575, (-1); T8. Kentucky, 293-284—577, (+1); T8. College of Charleston 279-298—577 (+1); T8. East Tennessee State 284-293—577, (+1); 11.) UAB, 283-297—580, (+4); 11. North Florida 290-298—588, (+12); 13. Notre Dame 297-292—589, (+13); 14. Kansas State 304-301—605, (+29)

Top Individuals: 1. Brett Barron, Georgia Southern, 67-66—133, (-611); 2. Theo Humphrey, Vanderbilt, 68-67—135, (-9); T3. Benjamin Shipp, North Carolina State, 69-67—136, (-8); T3. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb University, 66-70—136 (-8); T3. Steven Fisk, Georgia Southern, 69-67—136 (-8); 

K-State Individuals: T40. Jacob Eklund, 75-72—147, (+3); T67. Roland Massimino, 80-73—153, (+9); T67. Matt Green, 73-80—153, (+9); T76. Jeremy Gandon, 76-81—157, (+13); 80. Ben Fernandez, 84-76—160, (+16).