Wildcats Remain Consistent at Grand National

OPELIKA, Ala. – Behind two 1-over par performances from Matt Green and Andrew Beckler on Monday, the Kansas State men’s golf team is seven strokes back from fifth place heading into the final day of the Tiger Invitational at the Grand National Lake Course.

The Wildcats carded a 10-over 298 on the second day, placing them in sole possession of 11th going into the final round with a 25-over par scorecard. Eight strokes separate K-State from fourth place UNC-Greensboro, while the margin is seven strokes to reach fifth place Kentucky.

"It was another tough day for us. Matt was solid again and Andrew bounced back with a good round, but as a team, we just continue to give away shots,” said head coach Grant Robbins. 

“The course is playing difficult, so we have to do a better job of minimizing the mental mistakes and stay committed on each shot. We have one round to go, and if we play like we are capable of, we can have a decent finish.”

Green, a junior, birdied five holes on Monday and appeared he would extend his streak of rounds of par or better to four before bogeying his final hole to card a 1-over 73. Green is 1-over 145 for the weekend, good for a tie for eighth place. Beckler, a freshman, joined Green at 1-over on the scorecard, bouncing back from yesterday’s 7-over showing to record 12 pars and three birdies on day two. Beckler is in a tie for 50th at 8-over par 152. 

Senior Kyle Weldon matched Green by collecting five birdies in his second round, but suffered from two double bogies as his day ended at 4-over par, while sophomore Oscar Spolander joined Weldon on the 76-line with a birdie on his final hole to get back to 4-over. After 36-holes, Weldon is in 58th with Spolander in a tie for 73rd for the Wildcats.

K-State’s greatest struggles were felt by junior Jack Rickabaugh, whose 9-over 81 featured just seven pars and two birdies.

Atop the team leaderboard heading into the final round is Auburn, who faltered late on Monday to card a 4-over par 292. The Tigers are 1-over for the weekend and hold a two stroke lead over Troy. On the individual board, Troy’s Luke Moser leads the field at 4-under par after recording 13 pars and four birdies in his second round. 

The final round of the Tiger Invitational will take place Tuesday morning at 7:45 a.m. (CT). Live results can be followed on www.golfstat.com, while results will be posted at www.k-statesports.com at the conclusion of the round.

Tiger Invitational

Opelika, Ala.

Grand National Lake Course

Par 72, 7,149 yards

Team Scores: 1. Auburn, 285-292--577 (+1); 2. Troy, 290-289--579 (+3); 3. Kennesaw State, 291-292--583 (+7); 4. UNC-Greensboro, 300-293--593 (+17); 5. Kentucky, 294-300--594 (+18); T6. Auburn (B), 299-296--595 (+19); T6. Georgia State, 296-299-595 (+19); T6. VCU, 295-300--595 (+19); T6. UNC-Wilmington, 303-292--595 (+19); 10. Mississippi State, 294-304--598 (+22); 11. Kansas State, 303-298--601 (+25); 12. Minnesota, 291-312--603 (+27); T13. Southeastern Louisiana, 303-305--608 (+32); T13. Ohio State, 303-305--608 (+32); 15. Notre Dame, 306-305--611 (+35); 16. Jacksonville State, 307-305--612 (+36); 17. South Alabama, 303-310--613 (+37); 18. Tulsa, 314-306--620 (+44).

Top Individuals: 1. Luke Moser, Troy, 71-69--140 (-4); 2. Ben Schlottman, Auburn, 72-69--141 (-3); T3. Jack McGlone, UNC-Greensboro, 70-73--143 (-1); T3. Paul Obermann, Southeastern Lousiana, 71-72--143 (-1); T3. Fredrik Nilehn, Kennesaw State, 71-72--143 (-1); T3. Matt Gilchrest, Auburn, 68-75--143 (-1).


K-State Individuals: T8. Matt Green, 72-73--145 (+1); T50. Andrew Beckler, 79-73--152 (+8); T58. Kyle Weldon, 77-76--153 (+9); T70. Jack Rickabaugh, 75-81--156 (+12); T73. Oscar Spolander, 81-76--157 (+13).