Cats in Fifth after Day Two of Desert Shootout
GOODYEAR, Ariz. After a rough first round at the Desert Shootout, the Kansas State men’s golf team rebounded Friday by carding the lowest team score of the second round with an 8-under par 276. The Wildcats were lead by junior Joe Ida, who carded his lowest 18-hole score of the season with a 5-under par 66.
“The playing conditions were perfect again today,” said head coach Tim Norris. “The guys did a nice job of rebounding after yesterday’s round. If we shoot the low score again tomorrow, we will be in a good spot.”
Host team Denver is atop the leaderboard for the second straight day after carding a 20-under par 548. The Pioneers were led in the second round by senior Jeff Koprivetz who carded a 4-under par 67 and finished the day tied for third. In second place after carding a 7-under par 277 is Coastal Carolina with a two-round total of 13-under par 555. In third place after the second round is Tulsa with a combined score of 12-under par 556.
Air Force’s Tom Whitney leads all individuals with a two-day total of 11-under par 133, one stroke ahead of Coastal Carolina’s Sam Lyons with a 10-under par 134 and two strokes ahead of Denver’s Koprivetz 9-under par 135.
After carding a 2-under par 69 in the second round, Wildcat senior Robert Streb is tied for fifth place with a 5-under par 137 heading into the final round..
“Robert was still a putt or two away from shooting in the mid-60’s. He is only four strokes off the lead and with the pin placements tomorrow being more difficult than they were today, he is in a good spot to come from behind,” said Norris.
Ida also had a good day for the Wildcats to hold a two-round score of 4-under par 138 to sit in a tie for eighth place.
“Joe played great today,” said Norris. “He started the day on the back nine but had a really good front nine with two birdies and an eagle. He only had one blemish on the card today, he boogied a par four and I think it fired him up because he came back and birded the next hole.”
Junior Mitchell Gregson is in a tie for 43rd with a 2-over par 144. Kyle Smell carded an even par 71 and is in a tie for 56th with a 5-over par 147. Ross Geubelle is tied for 64th with a 6-over par 148. Fellow Wildcat Daniel Wood, who competed as an individual, is also tied for 64th with a 6-over par 148.
The Wildcats tee off the final round of the Desert Shootout Saturday, March 21, at 8:30 A.M. (CST).
Palm Valley Golf Club
Par 71, 7,015 yards
Team Scores: 1. Denver, 271-277548 (-20); 2. Coastal Carolina, 278-277555 (-13); 3. Tulsa, 275-281556 (-12); 4. Kansas, 282-279561 (-7); 5. Kansas State, 287-276563 (-5); 6. Boise State, 283-282565 (-3); 7. Air Force, 278-290568 (E); 8. Iowa State, 287-282569 (+1); 9. Southern Utah, 278-292570 (+2); 10. Nebraska, 290-289579 (+11); T11. Cleveland State, 287-296583 (+15); T11. Northern Iowa, 293-290583 (+15); T11. Missouri State, 294-289583 (+15); 14. Utah Valley, 292-300592 (+24);
Top Individuals: 1. Tom Whitney, Air Force, 64-69133 (-9); 2. Sam Lyons, Coastal Carolina, 69-65134 (-8); 3. Jeff Koprivetz, Denver, 68-67135 (-7); 4. *Charlie Winegardner, Coast. Carolina, 67-69136 (-6)
K-State Individuals: T5. Robert Streb, 68-69137 (-5); T8. Joe Ida, 72-66138 (-4); T43. Mitchell Gregson, 74-70144 (+2); ); T56. Kyle Smell, 76-71147 (+5); T64. Ross Geubelle, 73-75148 (+6); T64. Daniel Wood*, 75-73148 (+6
* Competing as an individual