Streb Ties for Second at Shocker Classic
WICHITA, Kan. - For the second-consecutive tournament and the third time this season, sophomore Robert Streb led the way for the Kansas State men's golf team as he tied for second at the Shocker Classic Tuesday. However, high scores littered the scoreboard at the par 71, 6,814-yard Wichita Country Club, and the Wildcats were no exception, as K-State fell three spots to finish tied for fifth at 53-over par 905. Texas-Arlington, who led the tournament after 36 holes, took home the team title by carding a 39-over par 891.
"We just weren't at the top of our game today," said head coach Tim Norris. "The wind was from the exact opposite direction than yesterday, so it was like playing in another country. The average score today was 78.81, which shows you we were playing in very tough conditions."
Texas-Arlington's Bobby Massa, who was in a six-way tie for first after day one, took home individual honors with his 6-over par 219.
Streb tied his career-best finish as he tied for second, just one stroke behind Massa, at 7-over par 220. Streb and Massa were part of the six-way tie through 36 holes, but Streb's third-round 76 was bested by Massa's 75. Streb, who also tied for second at last year's Matlock Collegiate Classic, recorded his third career top-five finish, and bettered his season-best finish of a 12th at the Ron Moore Invitational two weeks ago.
"I'm really proud of the way Robert performed," Norris said. "He had a chance to win it and that's all you can ask from him."
Freshman Joe Ida shot consistently over the three-round event, finishing at 14-over par 227 (76-75-76). He moved up three spots to tie for 30th.
Mitchell Gregson was also a part of the six-way tie for first heading into Tuesday's final round, but struggled during round three as he shot an 84. He finished tied for 33rd at 15-over par 228.
Just like Gregson, junior Kyle Yonke struggled during round three as he shot an 82. He finished tied for 39th at 17-over par 230.
Competing as an individual and playing in front of family and friends in his hometown of Wichita, Spencer Alefs ended the tournament tied for 54th at 23-over par 236.
Next action for the Wildcats will be a three-round, three-day affair at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, April 13-15, in Tempe, Ariz.
Top Individuals: 1. Bobby Massa, Texas-Arlington, 72-72-75219 (+6); T2. Robert Streb, K-State, 71-73-76220 (+7); T2. Andrew Landry, Arkansas, 77-72-71220 (+7); T4. Ryan Spears, Wichita State, 70-78-73221 (+8); T4. Brady Schnell, Nebraska, 69-77-75221 (+8).
K-State Individuals: T30. Joe Ida, 76-75-76227 (+14); T33. Mitchell Gregson, 73-71-84228 (+15); T39. Kyle Yonke, 74-74-82230 (+17); T54. Spencer Alefs*, 74-79-83236 (+23). 85. Joe Kinney, 82-80-87249 (+36).
* Competed as an individual