April 23, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team will head south to compete in the 2014 Big 12 Championship, Friday through Sunday, at the par-72, 5,021-yard Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. The Wildcats, who are seeded ninth, be paired with eighth-seeded Kansas and seventh-seeded TCU and will tee off at 8:50 a.m., on Friday morning.
"In my opinion, the Big 12 plays two of the best courses in the country for their championship: Prairie Dunes here in Kansas and Whispering Pines," said head coach Tim Norris, who will be coaching in his final Big 12 Championship as he is slated to retire at the end of this season. "The Bermuda grass at Whispering Pines may favor some of the southern teams but I am confident our team will compete at a very high level. The layout there is truly one where you will use every club in the bag with a great variety of long and short holes.
"At this point in the season, trust will be the most important facet of the game and our players must focus on each shot and then let the last one go. On a demanding course like Whispering Pines and with the strong competition in the Big 12, there is no time for self-evaluation or negative self-talk during the round."
The Wildcat scoring lineup will include Daniel Wood, Kyle Weldon, Seth Smith, David Klaudt and Alex Carney. It marks the fourth time this season that Norris has sent this lineup into competition, with its best finish coming in the first week of the year, an eighth-place finish in the 2013 Columbia Regional Preview.
Wood and Weldon have been K-State's most consistent performers this year, as both golfers have competed in all 10 events, tallying five and six top-20 finishes, respectively. Wood currently leads the team in numerous statistical categories, including stroke average (72.33) and top-5 finishes (2), while Weldon holds team-high marks in lowest 36-hole score (136) and 54-hole score (206). In last season's Big 12 Championship, Wood and Weldon helped K-State to a fifth-place finish, as the duo finished tied 31st and tied 14th, respectively.
In his first season in Manhattan, Smith has competed in seven events as part of the K-State scoring lineup, with his best finish coming in the 2014 Desert Shootout, where he tied for eighth place at 9-under par 207.
Klaudt was a part of the squad that turned in a ninth-place finish at the 2012 Big 12 Championship at Whispering Pines and has recorded two top-20 finishes this season. Carney has played in nine events this season and currently holds a 75.29 stroke average. His best finish came in the 2014 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, where he carded a runner-up finish.
Live scoring from Whispering Pines Golf Club will be available at golfstat.com, while updates from the 2014 Big 12 Championship will be available at kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available following each day of competition.