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History & Tradition

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2 Consecutive NCAA Regional Appearances

5 Total NCAA Regional Appearances Under Tim Norris

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

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

K-State Will Enter its 76th Season of Men's Golf in 2010-11
 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

The 2009-10 marks the 76th 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.

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.

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.

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.
 29 Team Championships Since 1969   28 Individual Championships Since 1969
Fall 2009 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Mitchell Gregson 2008 Santa Clara Invitational
Spring 2009 Shocker Classic Mitchell Gregson 2008 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate
Spring 2009 Mizzou Tiger Intercollegiate Ben Kern 2006 ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Fall 2008 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate
Matt Van Cleave 2005 Matlock Collegiate
Fall 2008 Pacific Invitational Matt Van Cleave 2003 Purina Classic
Spring 2008 Ron Moore Invitational Aaron Watkins 2002 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate
Fall 2003 Purina Classic Aaron Watkins 2002 Oklahoma Dual
Fall 2002 K-State vs. OU Dual Bryan Milberger 2000 Fairway Club Invitational
Spring 2002 Wildcat Invitational Mark Sears 1998 Wildcat Intercollegiate
Fall 2001 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Chad Buckridge 1996 Arlington Awards
Fall 1998 Wildcat Intercollegiate Troy Halterman 1994 D.A. Weibring
Spring 1995 Southwest Classic Troy Halterman 1994 UTA Invitational
Fall 1994 D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate Richard Laing 1993 Shocker Classic
Fall 1992 Iowa State Cyclone Classic Brett Waldman 1992 Cyclone Classic
Spring 1992 SMSU Invitational Richard Laing 1992 Blazer Invitational
Fall 1988 K-State Invitational Jeff Sedorcek 1988 Kansas State Invitational
Spring 1988 Creighton Invitational Chris Gomez 1988 Creighton Invitational
Spring 1987 K-State/Pepsi Classic Troy Keller 1987 Kansas Invitational
Spring 1987 Neb. Wesleyan Invitational Jeff Sedorcek 1987 Drake Relays
Spring 1986 Kansas State Triangular Robert Sedorcek 1985 Marymount Invitational
Spring 1985 Marymount Invitational Kevin Crow 1985 Heart of America
Spring 1985 Park College Invitational Robert Sedorcek 1984 Kansas State Invitational
Spring 1985 Heart of America Robert Sedorcek 1984 Heart of America
Fall 1984 Kansas State Invitational Robert Sedorcek 1984 Bethany Invitational
Spring 1984 Bethany Invitational Robert Sedorcek 1983 Penn Valley Invitational
Fall 1983 Penn Valley Invitational Allen French 1983 Spartan Quad
Fall 1983 Spartan Golf Quad Scott Bunker 1978 Midwest Intercollegiate
Spring 1973 Kansas State Triangular Bob Philbrick 1971 Missouri Invitational
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 Joe Ida 11/6/07 Pacific Invitational (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)
10. 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 Tyler Cummins 9/27/04 Mason Rudolph Ch. (1st)
66 70 Mitchell Gregson 4/29/09 Big 12 Championship (4th)
66 70 Aaron Watkins 10/29/01 Baylor Intercollegiate (2nd)
17. 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. 71-74-79-71—295 Joe Ida 4/25-27/08 Big 12 Championship
4. 80-75-75-68—298 Daniel Wood 4/27-29/09 Big 12 Championship
* Tournament was played on a Par 69

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