Feb. 21, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas. – Led by a top-10 performance by David Klaudt, the Kansas State men's golf team finished in ninth place at the Rice Invitational on Tuesday at the par 72, 7,184-yard Westwood Golf Club.
Klaudt finished tied for 10th place with five other players, leading the Wildcats in the two-day event. The sophomore from Dallas, Texas, shot an even-par 72 in the third round and finished the event at 1-over par (74-71-72—217). This was the first time this season that Klaudt was included in a scoring lineup, as well as his first career top-10 finish. His previous career best performance was at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, ending tied for 20th place.
"We finished today with a pretty solid round overall. It was great to see David finish with a solid round. We really looked at ease out there. We had a little adversity here and there," head coach Tim Norris said. "But, we bounced right back. It was great to see."
K-State’s Curtis Yonke and Kyle Smell finished the course with a 1-under par 71 and 2-over par 74, respectively. The duo tied for 24th place, both shooting a 5-over par 221 throughout both days. This is Yonke's fifth top-25 performance this season, while Smell now brings his total to three. Kyle Weldon carded a 4-over par 76 third round, bringing his total score to a 10-over par 226 to tie for 52nd place.
K-State's Tyler Norris finished the round shooting a 7-over par 79, for a 33-over par 249 performance. He finished in 81st place.
"Our team was not too far off," Norris said. "There are a couple of mistakes, but overall I thought we progressed from last week; not only with the scores, but the way we played. We are still lacking a strong force, and putting three-rounds together. In that first round, we are kind of digging ourselves a hole. We will have to come out in that first round and play more aggressively."
Northwestern continued to dominate the field on Tuesday, finishing first in the tournament by carding a 2-under par 862. New Mexico State's Zachery Fullerton was able to shoot a combined 6-under par 210 in the tournament, including a 4-under par 68 in the final round to finish atop overall performers.
The Wildcats will be back in action after taking a one-week break, Monday and Tuesday, March 5 and 6 at the Fresno State Classic in Fresno, Calif. The event will take place at the Fort Washington Country Club.
Westwood Golf Club
Par 72/7,184 yards
Team Scores: 1. Northwestern, 289-287-286-862 (-2); 2. Houston, 291-291-284-866 (+2) ; 3. Florida Gulf Coast, 289-290-293-872 (+8) (+6); 4. Wichita State, 299-284-291-874 (+10); 5. UTSA, 294-291-290-875 (+11); 6. Louisiana Tech, 291-292-293-876 (+12); 7. Louisiana-Monroe, 299-286-294-879 (+15); 8. Texas State, 293-299-292-884 (+20); 9. Kansas State, 301-291-293-885 (+21); 10. New Mexico State, 293-304-290-887 (+23); T11. Winthrop, 300-291-300-891 (+26); T11. Missouri State, 294-304-293-891 (+26); 13. Houston Baptist, 296-305-296-897 (+32); 14. Air Force, 301-295-304-900 (+35); 15. Rice, 305-294-308-907 (+42).
Indvidual Leaders: 1. Zachery Fullerton, 68-74-68-210 (-6); 2. Eric Chun, 71-70-69-210 (-6); 3. Roman Robeldo, 69-74-69-212 (-4); T4. Jesse Droemer, 73-71-69-213 (-3); T4. Jordan McLaurin, 70-73-70-213 (-3); T4. Ryan Werre, 70-72-71-213 (-3).
K-State Individuals: T10. David Klaudt, 74-71-72-217 (+1); T24. Kyle Smell, 74-73-74-221 (+5); Curtis Yonke, 76-74-71-221 (+5); T52. Kyle Weldon, 77-73-76-226 (+10); 81. Tyler Norris, 90-80-79-249 (+33).