Feb. 20, 2003
Roadunner Intercollegiate Invitational
Oak Hills C.C.
San Antonio, Texas
Dates: Feb. 24-25
Yardage: 6,691 yards
The Field: Kansas State, Arkansas, Arkansas-Little Rock, Baylor, German National Team, Illinois State, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Northern Iowa, Rice, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, UTSA, Wichita State.
K-State Lineup : Aaron Watkins, Ben Kern, A.J. Elgert, Josh Persons, Greg Douglas
Last Time Out
Kansas State continued its season trend of solid final rounds, as the Wildcats moved three spots up the leaderboard on the final day to tie for sixth at the Rice Intercollegiate. The Wildcats posted a total of 308-297-299=904 at the Black Horse Golf Club's North Course.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was a pair of Arizona natives. Junior co-captain Aaron Watkins struggled during the first day, but carded a 1-over-par 73 during the final round to tie for 22nd with a 77-76-73=226. Freshman Ben Kern, making his NCAA debut at the Rice event, posted a 79-73-74=226 to share 22nd place with Watkins.
New Name, Same Game
The Roadrunner Intercollegiate Invitational is the only thing new to this year's San Antonio tournament. The event, formally known as the UTSA Invitatioanal will remain at the par-72, 6,691-yard Oak Hills Country Club. The club is the site of the SBC Senior Tour event and formerly served as the home of the Texas Open.
At the 2002 event, K-State benefited from a large drop in temperature on the final day as the Wildcats moved up three spots in the final round to finish eighth in the 16-team field with a score of 908.
Wichita State took home top team honors with a tournament total of 882. The Shockers' Jason Novascone was medalist for the event with a total of 4-over-par 217.
The Roadrunner event will showcase a competitive field featuring seven teams in the Golfweek/ Sagarin ratings top 75. Heading the list is No. 21 Arkansas, joined by top-50 teams No. 33 Baylor and No. 46 Kansas State. Also in the top 75 are No. 52 Texas Tech, No. 62 Iowa State, No. 63 Arkansas-Little Rock, and No. 72 Wichita State.
K-State will also face some District V rivals in San Antonio. Illinois State, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa are competing against the Wildcats for a berth at the NCAA Tournament in May.
After participating in just three tournaments as an individual during the 2001-02 season, junior Greg Douglas has become a key player for the Wildcats this season. Douglas has played in every tournament this season for K-State with the team's third-best stroke average of 74.90, bettering last year's average of 78.38 The Cooper, Texas, native had four top-20 finishes during the fall season, his best at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational, where he led the team with a seventh-place showing.
Six Wildcat golfers were named to the Big 12 Conference Commission-er's Honor Roll for the fall 2003 semester, including one with a 4.0 grade-point average.
Juniors Greg Douglas, Tim Moody, Nick Schumacher, Bryan Schweizer, and Aaron Watkins received honor-roll honors, and sophomore Matt Van Cleave earned honors with a 4.0.