GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Kansas State senior men's golfer Joe Kinney fired a 1-under par 71 Saturday to move up three spots during the final round of the Desert Shootout at the par 72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Club.
Kinney tallied his third top-five finish of the season as he tied for fifth with a three-round score of 6-under par 210. The Antioch, Ill., native finished one stroke behind BYU's Jordan Rodgers for fourth.
"It was an excellent tournament for Joe Kinney," said head coach Tim Norris. "He played well from start to finish. I know he would have liked to have a little lower score the last two days. He did a really got job of getting past a tough hole and moving to the next, which will only benefit him in the next tournaments."
Kansas State, which was second after the first day and fell to ninth after day two, dropped two more spots after a final-round score of 12-over par 300. The Wildcats finished the tournament 11th at 10-over par 874, three shots shy of a ninth-place tie between Iowa State and Boise State.
"Coming to a tournament like this is challenging because you see a lot of low scores and, out of greed, you try and hit shots at the pin that should be hit in the middle of the green. That was the case for us today," Norris said.
Wichita State and Kansas tied for the tournament title as each squad finished at 9-under par 855. Eastern Michigan entered the final round in first, but fell to third place following a 12-over par 300 in the final round. The Eagles carded a three-round score of 6-under par 858. BYU finished fourth at 5-under par 859, while Pacific rounded out the top five at 4-under par 860.
"We had some wind and challenging hole locations today, which led to higher scores for the entire field," said Norris about the course.
Wichita State's Dustin Garza took home the individual title at 14-under par 202. Nate Barbee of Kansas edged Eastern Michigan's Brandon Lemons for second with an 11-under par 205, two strokes better than Lemons' 9-under 207.
Wildcat freshman Curtis Yonke carded a 2-over par 74 on Saturday to finish with a three-round score of 1-over 217, the lowest 54-hole score of his young career. The Overland Park, Kan., product finished tied for 28th.
Mitchell Gregson shot his second-consecutive round of 2-over par 74 as the senior finished tied for 42nd at 4-over par 220.
Jason Schulte rounded out the lineup for Kansas State as he shot a three-round score of 22-over par 238 to finish 95th.
Ben Juffer, who competed as an individual, finished tied for 88th with an 18-over par 234.
Next action for the Wildcats comes at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, April 5-6, at the University of Texas Golf Course in Austin, Texas.
Palm Valley Golf Club
Par 72/7,015 yards
Team Scores: T1. Wichita State, 282-280-293-855 (-9); T1. Kansas, 285-279-291-855 (-9); 3. Eastern Michigan 280-278-300-858 (-6); 4. BYU, 289-279-291-859 (-5); 5. Pacific, 277-293-290-860 (-4); 6. Nebraska, 288-287-286-861 (-3); 7. Xavier, 282-283-297-862 (-2); 8. Virginia Commonwealth , 281-290-295-866 (+2); T9. Iowa State, 286-287-298-871 (+7); T9. Boise State, 283-297-291-871 (+7); 11. Kansas State, 279-295-300-874 (+10); 12. Memphis, 288-290-304-882 (+18); 13. Denver, 296-295-297-888 (+24); 14. Northern Colorado, 294-296-302-892 (+28); 15. Utah, 295-297-301-893 (+29); 16. Northern Iowa, 292-307-302-901 (+37); 17. Southern Utah, 306-306-298-910 (+46).
Top Individuals: 1. Dustin Garza, Wichita State, 68-65-69-202 (-14); 2. Nate Barbee, Kansas, 68-67-70-205 (-11); 3. Brandon Lemons, Eastern Michigan, 67-67-73-207 (-9); 4. Jordan Rodgers*, BYU, 68-72-69-209 (-7). T5. Joe Kinney, Kansas State, 67-72-71-210 (-6); T5. Blake Brown, Boise State, 68-73-69-210 (-6); T5. Robbie Fillmore, BYU, 70-68-71-210 (-6); T5. Andrew Wyatt, Nebraska, 71-70-69-210 (-6).
K-State Individuals: T28. Curtis Yonke, 72-71-74-217 (+1); T42. Mitchell Gregson, 72-74-74-220 (+4); T88. Ben Juffer*, 81-77-76-76 (+18); 95. Jason Schulte, 79-78-81-238 (+22); 102. Joe Ida, 68-DNF.
* Competed as an individual