July 19, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A host of current and former members of the Kansas State golf team have seen success on the summer circuit.
Former Wildcats Mitch Gregson, Robert Streb and Aaron Watkins are holding their own in the professional ranks this summer. Gregson carded a 13-under 197 to win the seventh-annual Metropolitan Open at the Country Club of St. Albens in suburban St. Louis. The 2010 K-State graduate finished the final round of the event with just one bogey, besting the field by nine strokes.
Competing on the Web.com Tour, Streb and Watkins recently competed in the Utah Championship where the duo finished tied for 22nd and tied for 19th, respectively. Streb, who finished at 9-under, was in position to win the event heading into the final round but was unable to maintain the level of success he found during the first two rounds. Carding a final score of 10-under, Watkins notched his third top-25 finish on the Web.com Tour this season. Both golfers will next appear in Kansas City's Midwest Classic, August 16-19, at the Lions Gate Country Club in Overland Park, Kan.
Seniors-to-be Ben Juffer and Curtis Yonke continue their solid summers on the course. Juffer followed up his semi-final loss at the Iowa Golf Association Match Play Championship by advancing to the Sweet 16 at the 112th North and South Championships in Pinehurst, N.C., where he tied for 12th place. Following his success in North Carolina, Juffer battled a large field and a demanding course to tally a 10-over 294 to place 19th at the 109th Trans-Miss Championship, held at the Oak Tree National CC in Edmond, Okla.
Yonke fired off his best round of the summer, as the Overland Park, Kan., native finished with a 3-under 68 at the Kansas City Amateur at Shoal Creek CC. His 68 was the lowest final round score of the event.
Junior Daniel Wood shot an even-par 216 at the Santa Maria Collegiate Open in Baton Rouge, La., to tie for the event championship. Wood will continue to follow the Collegiate Players Tour this summer, with upcoming events in Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas. Sophomore Kyle Weldon earned the 30th seed in the stroke play portion of the Missouri Amateur and captured two wins in the event before being knocked out of the round of 16.
Incoming freshman Hank Simpson recently placed in the top-four in both the Kansas and Missouri Junior Championships. The Mission Hills, Kan., product fired off a field-leading one-under 71 in opening round action and held on to finish in third place overall and first in the 18 year-old age division at Buffalo Dunes in Garden City, Kan. In the Missouri event, Simpson shot 70-72 to place fourth, missing the top spot by just two shots.
After undergoing season-ending knee surgery in January, fellow incoming freshman Matt Green of Leawood, Kan., tied for seventh place at the Kansas Junior Championships. Green had not officially competed since last October, but managed to qualify for the Kansas Amateur.
Along with Green, several other Wildcats will be competing in the 102nd Kansas Amateur at the Sand Creek Station Golf Club in Newton on July 23-29. Alex Carney, Juffer, David Klaudt, Tyler Norris, Yonke and recent K-State graduate Kyle Smell have all qualified for the championship. Information and updates for this event can be found at www.kansasgolf.org.