Kern Earns Player of the Week Honors
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Following a school- and tournament-record 14-under par 199 this past weekend in a victory at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, K-State senior Ben Kern earned Men's Collegiate Player of the Week honors by both Golfweek and Golfworld, the publications have announced.
Kern set a school record, besting former Wildcat Matt Van Cleave's score of 202, when he won the Purina Classic in 2003. Van Cleave was also the last Wildcat to win a tournament outright.
Kern's performance guided K-State to a third-place finish at 17-under par 835, the second best 54-hole mark in school history.
With his three-round total of 199, Kern set an ASU Thunderbird Invitational record, becoming the first player in the tournament's 34-year history to finish below 200, something both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods couldn't accomplish during their times at Arizona State and Stanford. Michelson's best score was a 204 when he won the tournament in 1991, and Woods could only muster a 220 in 1995 version of the Thunderbird Invitational.
The Kansas State men's golf team will be back in action this Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16, when they head to Bryan, Texas to take part in the Aggie Invitational.