Wildcats Finish 11th at Firestone Invitational
Oct. 12, 2010
AKRON, Ohio – The Kansas State men’s golf team dropped back to 11th place in the final round of the Firestone Invitational Tuesday afternoon at the par 72, 7,060-yard Firestone Country Club North Course.
The Wildcats started the day in eighth place after finishing the first two rounds of the tournament at 8-over par, but stumbled in the final round, carding a 20-over par 308. Indiana won the overall team competition by firing a 15-under par 849, while Indiana’s David Erdy and Maryland’s John Popeck took home top honors individually, each shooting 9-under par for the tournament.
Freshman Thomas Birdsey finished outside of the top 15 for the first time in three tournaments, carding a 3-over par 219 to put him in a tie for 21st. Fellow freshman David Klaudt finished one shot back of Birdsey at 4-over, finishing in a tie for 22nd, while freshman Jack Watson carded a 10-over 226 to tie for 44th.
Sophomore Chase Chamberlin led all golfers playing solely as individuals at the tournament, carding a 6-over par 222 to tie for 32nd.
“It was a tough day for us today,” said head coach Tim Norris. “We gave some strokes up in the last couple of holes, which I think was just a case of trying to add up the score before we got done today. I think the guys were pushing, especially on the last couple of holes, to come in with a good score instead of just concentrating on executing. That was the major difference between today and yesterday. I think that is a sign of a young team, or a team that is struggling a little bit.
“We did see some positives and some things to build off of,” continued Norris. “This is a fine golf course where a good shot is going to be rewarded and a bad shot is going to be punished.”
The Wildcats return to action when they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to compete in the David Toms Intercollegiate, October 18-19, at the Country Club of Louisiana.
Team Scores: 1. Indiana, 291-273-285—849 (-15); 2. Notre Dame, 284-280-286–850 (-14); 3. New Mexico State, 286-293-288—867 (+3); 4. Eastern Michigan, 286-292-290—868 (+4); 5. St. Mary’s, 283-292-298—873 (+9); 6. Maryland, 295-291-288–874 (+10); 7. Iowa State, 287-293-296–876 (+12); 8. Akron, 291-290-298–879 (+15); 9. Toledo, 296-299-289–884 (+20); 10. Illinois State, 295-290-303–888 (+24); 11. K-State, 296-288-308–892 (+28); 12. Xavier, 300-299-294–893 (+29); 13. Wichita State, 292-310-308–910 (+46).
Top Individuals: T1. David Erdy, Indiana, 70-65-72–207 (-9); T1. John Popeck, 72-67-68—207 (-9); 3. Max Scodro, Notre Dame, 72-67-70—209 (-7); 4. Tom Usher, Notre Dame, 71-72-69—212 (-4); 5. Joon Heui Lee, New Mexico State, 68-75-70—213 (-3).
K-State Individuals: T21. Thomas Birdsey, 73-70-76—219 (+3); T23. David Klaudt, 73-71-76—220 (+4); T33. Chase Chamberlin*, 70-75-77—222 (+6); T44. Jack Watson, 71-75-80—226 (+10); T50. Ben Juffer, 79-72-77—228 (+12); T69. Ross Geubelle, 79-77-79—235 (+19).
*Denotes competing as an individual