Oct. 29, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a three-week layoff, the Kansas State men's golf team will close out the fall season by competing in the 2013 Pacific Invitational, Thursday-Saturday, at the par-72, 6.511-yard Stockton Golf and Country Club in Stockton, Calif.
K-State has had great success in the Pacific Invitational in recent years, having won last year's event by one stroke over host-school Pacific and Nevada, who tied for second place. The Wildcats also won the event in 2008 and K-State was the runner-up in 2009.
"We are returning as defending champions but to a new venue, the Stockton Golf and Country Club,” said head coach Tim Norris. “It is an old-style, tree-lined course, not that much different than the host course in years past. At just over 6,500 yards, precision with the short clubs has been the primary focus of practice for the past week.
“Our record in this event has been very good with two wins and a runner-up finish. I am confident our players will again have a very competitive tournament to end the fall season."
The Wildcats scoring lineup will consist of Alex Carney, Kyle Weldon, Daniel Wood, David Klaudt and Connor Knabe.
Carney is coming off a pair of top-five finishes as he placed second in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate and tied for third in the Firestone Invitational. Having played in all four events of the fall season, Carney is near the top of the list of several statistical categories for the Wildcats, including stroke average (74.16), rounds even or under par (6) and lowest 54-hole score (214).
In last season’s Pacific Invite, Weldon played the role of hero as his long birdie-putt on the 18th hole of the final round clinched the team title for the Wildcats. Having already carded two top-10 finishes this fall, Weldon will look to lead K-State in its event-title defense.
Like Weldon, Wood has tallied a pair of top-10 finishes so far this year, including placing in fifth place in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate. Wood was a part of last year’s squad that won the Pacific Invite, tying for 21st place at 9-under 207.
Klaudt has played in three events this season, with his best finish coming in the Colbert Intercollegiate where he tied for 17th place with a score of 18-over 234. The lone underclassmen in the Wildcat scoring lineup, Knabe showed promise in the Colbert Intercollegiate as he tied for 23rd place after firing a 20-over 236.
In addition to the Wildcats, this year’s event field will be comprised of Army, BYU, Charlotte, Denver, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Nevada, Pacific, Santa Clara, St. Marys and UC Davis.
Live scoring from Stockton, Calif., can be found at golfstat.com while updates from the 2013 Pacific Invitational will be available at kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available following each day of competition.