Oct. 3, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men's golf team sits in third place after the first day of competition at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at the par 72, 7,525-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course.
The Wildcats shot a 9-over par 297 in the morning round at their home course and improved by three strokes in the afternoon with a 6-over par 294. The 36-hole total of 15-over par 591 puts the team three strokes back of second-place Boise State and nine strokes behind team leader Idaho.
Junior Chase Chamberlin put together a solid second round to lead K-State, which has all five of its scoring lineup golfers in the top 20. Chamberlin recorded a 1-under par 71 in the afternoon for a 3-over par 145 score to put him in a tie for seventh. Ben Juffer joined Chamberlin in the top 10 by carding a 4-over par 146.
"Chase had some really solid rounds today," said head coach Tim Norris. "I do not think that is overachieving for him. He is a really solid player. I think he can shoot those scores anywhere and can continue to play well tomorrow."
Kyle Weldon struggled in his first round of the day with an 8-over par 80, but bounced back admirably in his second round with a 3-under par 69. The 11-stroke improvement lifted Weldon to a tie for 12th in the standings.
Rounding out the scoring lineup were Kyle Smell and Curtis Yonke. Smell completed his 36 holes at 8-over par 152 to put him in a tie for 17th. Yonke trails his teammate by one stroke and is in a tie for 20th.
"It is hard to recover out here, but you have to put yourself in a position where you do not have to recover," explained Norris. "We will have to continue to stay strong tomorrow and play aggressive. I am confident the guys will come back tomorrow and play solid."
Three other K-State golfers competed as individuals. Alex Carney put together solid back-to-back rounds of 2-over 74 to put him in a tie for 10th. David Klaudt sits in a tie for 17th after shooting consecutive scores of 76, and Tyler Norris is in a six-way tie for 31st at 13-over par 157.
Idaho leads the team competition at 6-over par 582, six strokes ahead of Boise State. Bronco golfer Taeksoo Kim holds a commanding five-stroke lead after firing off an even-par 72 and a five-under par 67. Three golfers are in a tie for second behind Kim with 18 holes left to play.
K-State will attempt to improve its position in the third and final round of the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday morning. The event is free to attend, and the public is encouraged to attend. Scores will be posted on www.kstatesports.com at the conclusion of play.
Jim Colbert Intercollegiate
Colbert Hills Golf Course
Par 72/7,525 yards
Team Scores: 1. Idaho, 297-285--582 (+6); 2. Boise State, 300-288--588 (+12); 3. Kansas State, 297-294--591 (+15); 4. Creighton, 292-303--595 (+19); 5. North Dakota, 302-303--605 (+29); 6. Northern Colorado, 306-306--612 (+36); 7. Drake, 317-314--631 (+55); 8. South Dakota, 318-322--640 (+64).
Top Individuals: 1. Taeksoo Kim, Boise State, 72-67--139 (-5); T2. Kevin Stanek, Creighton 71-73--144 (E); T2. Stefan Richardson, Idaho, 77-67--144 (E); T2. Justin Kadin, Idaho, 72-72--144 (E); 5. Clayton Kosanovich, Boise State, 71-74--145 (+1).
K-State Individuals: T7. Chase Chamberlin, 76-71--147 (+3); T10. Ben Juffer, 72-76--148 (+4); T10. Alex Carney*, 74-74--148 (+4); T12. Kyle Weldon, 80-69--149 (+5); T17. Kyle Smell, 74-78--152 (+8); T17. David Klaudt*, 76-76--152 (+8); T20. Curtis Yonke, 75-78--153 (+9); T31. Tyler Norris*, 76-81--157 (+13).
* Denotes competed as an individual