Nov. 3, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. – Ben Juffer tied for 14th place, while the Kansas State men’s golf team finished the final round of the Pacific Invitational and the fall schedule in 10th Wednesday afternoon at the par 71, 6,608-yard Brookside Country Club.
Juffer, a sophomore that was part of the scoring lineup of every tournament during the fall, managed to card an even-par 213 over the tournament’s three rounds. He started the tournament off with a 2-over 73 on day one, but was able to claw back to even-par after back-to-back rounds of 70 over the final two days.
“It was a really solid tournament for Ben. I was really glad to see that,” said head coach Tim Norris. “Both he and Thomas (Birdsey) finished under par these last two rounds. We just struggled to get support to maintain where we were.”
As a team, the Wildcats struggled to make headway against a talented field, starting the day in a tie for seventh, but finishing up Wednesday’s round at 5-over par, 284 to drop back to 10th place overall.
Host school Pacific kept the team title at home, winning the trophy with a score of 25-under par for the tournament and outpacing second place Oregon State by 19 strokes. Pacific’s T.J. Bordeaux held on to the individual crown, winning the tournament with a score of 15-under par 198.
For the Wildcats, freshman Thomas Birdsey also shot back-to-back rounds of 1-under par in rounds two and three, but his opening round 75 kept him in a tie for 21st for the tournament.
Sophomore Curtis Yonke carded a 4-over par 217 for the tournament to put him into a tie for 30th overall. Senior Jason Schulte finished four shots back of him in a tie for 42nd, while freshman Jack Watson rounded out the K-State lineup in 51st place.
“We saw a lot of positives, a lot of growth,” continued Norris. “There is definitely a good core that we have moving forward into the spring.”
The Wildcats will return to action on February 14th, when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational to kick off the spring season.
Brookside Country Club
Par 71/6,608 yards
Team Scores: 1. Pacific, 272-271-284—827 (-25); 2. Oregon State, 277-281-288—846 (-6); 3. Fresno State, 288-279-281—848 (-4); 4. Charlotte, 288-277-286—851 (-1); 5. UC Davis, 293-279-280—852 (E); T6. Marquette, 280-294-279—853 (+1); T6. Santa Clara, 288-287-278—853 (+1); T8. St. Mary’s, 281-294-288—863 (+11); T8. Brigham Young, 295-287-281—863 (+11); 10. Kansas State, 294-281-289—864 (+12); 11. Nevada, 287-289-291—867 (+15); 12. Denver, 297-294-321—912 (+60).
Top Individuals: 1. T.J. Bordeaux, Pacific, 68-61-69—198 (-15); 2. Kelly Kretz, Marquette, 70-67-64—201 (-12); 3. Will Golden, 71-65-67—203 (-10); . Bhavik Patel, Fresno State, 68-68-69—205 (-8).
K-State Individuals: T14. Ben Juffer, 73-70-70—213 (E); T21. Thomas Birdsey, 75-70-70—215 (+2);
T30. Curtis Yonke, 75-69-73—217 (+4); T42. Jason Schulte, 71-72-78—221 (+8); 51. Jack Watson, 76-73-76—225 (+12).