Sept. 10, 2002
LINCOLN, Neb. -
The Kansas State men's golf team posted a final-roudn 302 Tuesday to land in a tie for third place at the Fairway Club Invitational at the par-71, 6,762-yard Firethorn Golf Club. K-State finished with an 884 (295-287-302), just 12 strokes behind the team champion Oklahoma City's score of 872 (291-285-296). Iowa State finished second with an 876, and Illinois State posted an 884 to tie for third with the Wildcats.
Junior co-captain Aaron Watkins paced the 'Cats in the season opener, posting a tournament total of 4-over-par 217 (70-69-78) to place eighth. Following up Watkins with top-20 finishes were a trio of golfers. Junior A.J. Elgert, junior Greg Douglas, and freshman Josh Persons all finished with totals of 10-over-par 223 to tie for 17th.
Sophomore transfer Matt Van Cleave tied for 37th with a 228, and individual competitor Nick Schumacher tied for 62nd with a 243.
"I think we struggled a little bit due to inexperience," head coach Tim Norris said. "But, from top to bottom in this tournament we were consistent, and you've got to be pretty pleased about that."
Jeremy Lyons of Iowa State claimed medalist honors for the tournament, firing a 2-under-par 211 (70-71-70).
Finishing one-stroke at behind Lyons at 1-under-par 212 was Oklahoma City's Andreas Rydholm and Illinois State's Kyle Vasel.
The Wildcats will travel to Toledo, Ohio, for one of their newly-scheduled events, The Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational, on Sept. 16-17. For complete results of the Fairway Club Invitational please visit Nebraska's website at www.huskers.com.
Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma City 291-285-296=872. 2. Iowa State 287-290-299=876. T3. Kansas State 295-287-302=884. T3. Illinois State 293-293-298=884. T5. Drake University 297-303-301=901. T5. Northern Iowa 298-300-303=901. T7. Nebraska 296-307-300=903. T7. Texas-Pan American 305-301-297=903. 9. Nebraska-Kearney 301-297-306=904. 10. SW Missouri State 295-302-310=907. 11. Wyoming 298-300-312. 12. Akron 312-305-309=926. 13. Creighton 323-312-317=952.
Top Individuals: T1. Aaron Watkins, Kansas State, 139. 1. Jeremy Lyons, Iowa State, 70-71-70=211. T2. Andreas Rydholm, OK City, 70-69-73=212. T2. Kyle Vasel, Illinois State, 71-72-69. 4. Marc Cahalan, N. Iowa, 74-67-74=215.
Wildcat Individuals: 8. Aaron Watkins 70-69-78=217. t17. A.J. Elgert 77-71-75=223. t17. Greg Douglas 75-73-75=223 t17. Josh Persons 73-74-76=223 t37. Matt Van Cleave 77-75-76=228 T62. Nick Schumacher 79-83-81=243.