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2 All-Americans Under Coach
Tim Norris
 
 

8 Straight Seasons With at Least 2 Academic All Big 12 Selections
 
 

10 Top-5 Finishes in 2009, a K-State School Record
 
 

47 Under Par to win the 2012 Pacific Invitational
 
 

K-State Will Enter its 77th Season of Men's Golf in 2012
 
 
 
 
 All Time Coaches
  • Mike Ahearn, 1927-47
  • Benny York, 1948
  • Mickey Evans, 1949-61
  • Howard Shannon, 1962-64
  • Bill Guthridge, 1965-1967
  • Ron Fogler, 1968-75 & 1978
  • Ray Wauthier, 1977 & 1980-86
  • Paul Anderson, 1979
  • Rob Sedorcek, 1986-88
  • Russ Bunker, 1989-91
  • Mark Elliot, 1991-97
  • Tim Norris, 1997-present
Jim Colbert
 All Time Letterwinners

K-State Men's Golf has produced over 100 letterwinners in its long history, including Wildcat legend Jim Colbert.

List of All Time Letterwinners
  
 K-State Men's Golf History

2011-12 marks the 77th season of men's golf at K-State. Mike Ahearn, the namesake of Ahearn Fieldhouse, was the first men's golf coach in K-State history, beginning his 20-year tenure in 1927. 12 different coaches have guided the Wildcats during the program's history, including Ahearn and current coach Tim Norris.

After Ahearn's retirement and Benny York's one year stay in 1948, Mickey Evans took over from 1949-1961. Evans' 1956 team finished third in the Big Seven Championship, which is tied for the highest conference championship placing in school history. The program's other third-place finish came under Bill Guthridge at the Big 8 Championship in 1965. Other Wildcat golf coaches of note include Ray Wauthier, (1977 & 1980-86) who holds a K-State record with seven all-time wins by a men's golf coach, and Mark Elliot, whose 1993 team was the first to compete in post-season play in school history after advancing to the NCAA Central Regional.

NORRIS REVIVES THE PROGRAM
When current head coach Tim Norris arrived in Manhattan on August 1, 1997, he inherited a program that hadn't finished in the top half of its conference since placing fourth in the former Big Eight Conference in 1969. Making the assignment even tougher was the fact that the Wildcats finished last in the Big Eight for 14 straight years from 1978-1991. Now in his 10th season at Kansas State, Norris has turned a once dormant Division I golf program into a legitimate Big 12 contender that is now on the brink of qualifying for its first trip to the NCAA Championships.

CHAMPIONS IN THE CLASSROOM
Norris' work might begin on the golf course, but it doesn't end there. Norris places a heavy emphasis on academics, which is why he produces true student-athletes. Through his first nine years at K-State, Norris has seen 27 academic distinctions given to his golfers including four GCAA All-American Scholar awards and 19 Academic All-Big 12 honors. In 2006, both Kyle Yonke and Jonathan James earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors. It marked the seventh-straight year that Norris has placed at least two of his golfers on the Academic All-Big 12 team.

NCAA SUCCESS
The Wildcats have qualified for the NCAA regionals five times, with four of the five appearances coming in consecutive years. Even though the Wildcats have yet to advance a team past regionals, Norris has guided individuals to the NCAA Championships in two of the last three years. AJ Elgert tied for 12th at the 2003 Central Regional to extend his collegiate career to the national championship where he finished tied for 28th following a 72-hole score of 8-over 288. In 2005, Robert Streb became the fourth Wildcat, but the first freshman ever, to advance to the NCAA Championship after tying for 12th at regionals.

Following a down year in 2007, the Cats returned to postseason competition in 2008 as they advanced to the NCAA West Regional in Bremerton, Wash. And then, in 2009, K-State had arguably its best season, setting numerous team and individual records, and advancing to its second-straight NCAA West Regional.
 
 
 32 Team Championships Since 1969    29 Individual Championships Since 1969
Fall 2012 Pacific Invitational Ben Juffer 2012 Wyoming Cowboy Classic
Fall 2012 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Mitchell Gregson 2008 Santa Clara Invitational
Spring 2012 Wyoming Cowboy Classic Mitchell Gregson 2008 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate
Fall 2009 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Ben Kern 2006 ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Spring 2009 Shocker Classic Matt Van Cleave 2005 Matlock Collegiate
Spring 2009 Mizzou Tiger Intercollegiate Matt Van Cleave 2003 Purina Classic
Fall 2008 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Aaron Watkins 2002 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate
Fall 2008 Pacific Invitational Aaron Watkins 2002 Oklahoma Dual
Spring 2008 Ron Moore Invitational Bryan Milberger 2000 Fairway Club Invitational
Fall 2003 Purina Classic Mark Sears 1998 Wildcat Intercollegiate
Fall 2002 K-State vs. OU Dual Chad Buckridge 1996 Arlington Awards
Spring 2002 Wildcat Invitational Troy Halterman 1994 D.A. Weibring
Fall 2001 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Troy Halterman 1994 UTA Invitational
Fall 1998 Wildcat Intercollegiate Richard Laing 1993 Shocker Classic
Spring 1995 Southwest Classic Brett Waldman 1992 Cyclone Classic
Fall 1994 D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate Richard Laing 1992 Blazer Invitational
Fall 1992 Iowa State Cyclone Classic Jeff Sedorcek 1988 Kansas State Invitational
Spring 1992 SMSU Invitational Chris Gomez 1988 Creighton Invitational
Fall 1988 K-State Invitational Troy Keller 1987 Kansas Invitational
Spring 1988 Creighton Invitational Jeff Sedorcek 1987 Drake Relays
Spring 1987 K-State/Pepsi Classic Robert Sedorcek 1985 Marymount Invitational
Spring 1987 Neb. Wesleyan Invitational Kevin Crow 1985 Heart of America
Spring 1986 Kansas State Triangular Robert Sedorcek 1984 Kansas State Invitational
Spring 1985 Marymount Invitational Robert Sedorcek 1984 Heart of America
Spring 1985 Park College Invitational Robert Sedorcek 1984 Bethany Invitational
Spring 1985 Heart of America Robert Sedorcek 1983 Penn Valley Invitational
Fall 1984 Kansas State Invitational Allen French 1983 Spartan Quad
Spring 1984 Bethany Invitational Scott Bunker 1978 Midwest Intercollegiate
Fall 1983 Penn Valley Invitational Bob Philbrick 1971 Missouri Invitational
Fall 1983 Spartan Golf Quad  
Spring 1973 Kansas State Triangular  
Spring 1972 Nebraska Invitational  

 
 
 

All-Time Individual Rounds
  Score Par Player Date Event (Round)
1. 62 N/A Don Bishop 1948 Duel vs. Kansas
2. 63 69 Ben Kern 10/22/04 The Nelson Inv. (2nd)
3. 64 71 Mitchell Gregson 10/20/08 Santa Clara Invitational (2nd)
64 71 Matt Williams 10/29/01 Branson Creek Inv. (2nd)
5. 65 72 Ben Juffer 10/30/12 Pacific Invitational (2nd)
  65 72 Daniel Wood 10/29/12 Pacific Invitational (1st)
  65 72 Joe Ida 11/6/07 Pacific Invitational (2nd)
65 71 Matt Green 9/10/12 Shocker Classic (2nd)
65 71 Joe Ida 3/31/08 Shocker Classic (1st)
65 71 Ben Kern 4/9/06 ASU Thunderbird Inv. (2,3)
65 71 Matt Van Cleave 10/7/03 Purina Classic (3rd)
65 71 Aaron Watkins 10/6/03 Purina Classic (2nd)
65 70 Ben Juffer 4/9/12 Wyoming Cowboy Classic (1st)
14. 66 72 Ben Juffer 10/31/12 Pacific Invitational (3rd)
66 72 Robert Streb 9/30/08 Cardinal Classic (2nd)
66 72 Robert Streb 11/7/07 Pacific Invitational (3rd)
66 72 Robert Streb 3/21/09 Desert Shootout (3rd)
66 72 Joe Ida 3/20/09 Desert Shootout (2nd)
66 71 Kyle Weldon 9/10/12 Shocker Classic (2nd)
66 71 Tyler Cummins 9/27/04 Mason Rudolph Ch. (1st)
66 70 Ben Juffer 4/9/12 Wyoming Cowboy Classic (2nd)
66 70 Kyle Weldon 4/9/12 Wyoming Cowboy Classic (1st)
66 70 Mitchell Gregson 4/29/09 Big 12 Championship (4th)
66 70 Aaron Watkins 10/29/01 Baylor Intercollegiate (2nd)
25. 67 72 Matt Green 10/30/12 Pacific Invitational (2nd)
  67 72 Mitchell Gregson 9/30/08 Cardinal Classic (9th)
67 72 Mitchell Gregson 4/13/09 Mizzou Tiger Intercollegiate (1st)
67 72 Daniel Wood 3/22/08 Ron Moore Invitational (2nd)
67 72 Kyle Smell 11/5/07 Pacific Invitational (1st)
67 71 Mitchell Gregson 10/20/08 Santa Clara Invitational (1st)
67 71 Robert Streb 10/30/07 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate (3rd)
67 72 Mitchell Gregson 3/13/07 Fresno State Golf Classic (3rd)
67 72 A.J. Elgert 3/25/02 Stevinson Ranch Inv. (1st)
67 71 Scott McNeely 10/9/00 Purina Classic (2nd)
67 71 Matt Van Cleave 10/6/03 Purina Classic (2nd)
67 72 Matt Van Cleave 3/29/04 Stevinson Ranch Inv. (2nd)
67 N/A Brett Vuillemin 9/26/88 Texas Intercollegiate (2nd)
67 71 Aaron Watkins 10/8/02 Purina Classic (3rd)
67 72 Matt Van Cleave 3/13/05 Jim Hackler Invitational (2nd)
67 72 Tyler Cummins 10/25/05 Barona Collegiate Cup (3rd)
67 71 Tyler Cummins 4/8/06 ASU Thunderbird Invitational (2nd)
67 70 Robert Streb 4/28/09 Big 12 Championship (3rd)


Lowest Individual 72-Hole Score
  Score Player Date Event
1. 69-75-67-69--280 Robert Streb 4/27-29/09 Big 12 Championship
2. 68-69-75-76--288 A.J. Elgert 6/1-4/04 NCAA Championship
3. 74-70-75-72--291 Curtis Yonke 4/23-25/10 Big 12 Championship
  74-68-73-76--291 Mitchell Gregson 4/23-25/10 Big 12 Championship


Full K-State Men's Golf All-time Records