Wildcats tied for fourth at Hackler
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. - Tyler Cummins fired a 1-over par 145 and Ben Kern carded a 2-over 146 as the Kansas State men's golf team closed out the opening day of play at the General Hackler Invitational tied for fourth place with a combined two-round team score of 13-over 589.
East Tennessee State boasts the top two individuals and leads the tournament at 1-under par 575 followed by Costal Carolina at 4-over 580 and Florida State at 12-over 588. Pepperdine is tied for fourth with Kansas State.
Overall, three Wildcats finished play among the top 20 golfers.
Cummins and Kern, seniors who have both competed at the par-72, 6,950-yard TPC of Myrtle Beach previously, finished tied for 10th and 12th, respectively. Freshman Robert Streb stands tied for 18th after shooting a two-round total of 3-over par 147.
Kansas State, which entered the tournament with just one sub-300 round so far this spring, shot a combined 11-over 299 during the morning session, then shaved nine strokes off that total to card a 2-over 290 in the afternoon.
Head Coach Tim Norris was please with the Wildcats improvement and indicated that today's breezy conditions may have helped the K-State feel more at home.
"We're starting to come around this spring," Norris said of the Cats' improved play. "This course is a little easier than what we played last time out at Wexford Plantation and the fact that the wind was blowing today help us since we are used to playing in those kind of conditions."
Freshman Joe Kinney fired a counting round of 2-over 74 during the afternoon session and is tied for 40th at 7-over 151. Senior Jonathan James will enter Monday's third and final round tied for 51st at 10-over 154.
General Hackler Invitational