K-State Finishes 12th at Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. - The Kansas State men’s golf team couldn’t seem to find its niche Sunday at the 18-team Boilermaker Invitational hosted by Purdue. K-State carded a final round 300 to finish the tournament in 12th place at 889. The finish was definitely a setback for the Wildcats, which had finished seventh or better in their previous eight tournaments. The tournament offered the Wildcats a preview of the Kampen golf course, the same course that is hosting the 2004 NCAA Central Regional.
“It was a good learning experience for our guys to play this golf course,” head coach Tim Norris said. “Obviously, we would have liked to have done a little bit better this time around, but I think the guys will use what they learned this time and be better prepared when we come back in May for the regionals.”
Purdue came away victorious from its own tournament, as it posted a 54-hole total of 855 to defeat Colorado by two strokes. Purdue (-9) and Colorado (-7) were the only two schools to finish the tournament under par.
Individually, Colorado’s Kane Webber scorched the competition on Sunday, firing a 6-under final round to finish the tournament at 206 (-10), three strokes ahead of Indiana’s Jeff Overton (-7).
The Wildcats were paced by sophomore Ben Kern, who fired a 54-hole total of 221 to tie for 27th. Senior Aaron Watkins finished in a tie for 37th at 224, while sophomore Josh Persons fell 12 places into a tie for 42nd at 225. Junior Matt Van Cleave climbed up the leaderboard from 67th after 36 holes, to finish in a tie for 49th with a 226. Rounding out the Wildcats’ lineup was senior A.J. Elgert, who carded a disappointing finishing round of 80 to finish in a tie for 52nd.
The Wildcats return to action April 17-18 at the Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio. For complete results, please visit Kansas State’s website at www.kstatesports.com.
Men’s Collegiate Golf
Team Scores: 1. Purdue 855; 2. Colorado 857; 3. Kentucky 867; 4. TCU 872; 5.Indiana 878; 6. Northwestern 882; 7. Illinois 883; 8. Oklahoma State 884; 9. Kent State 885; 10. Oklahoma 887; 11. Louisville 888; 12. Kansas State 889; 13. Miami (Ohio) 896; 14. Michigan 901; 15. Notre Dame 908; 16. Michigan State 915; 17. Iowa 919; 18. Wisconsin 928.
Top Individuals: 1. Kane Webber, (Colorado) 71-69-66206; 2. Jeff Overton, (Indiana) 72-67-70209; T3. John Holmes, (Kentucky) 72-70-70212; Shiv Kapur, (Purdue) 71-69-72212; Tom Johnson, (Northwestern) 69-69-74212.
Wildcat Individuals: T27. Ben Kern, 75-72-74221; T37. Aaron Watkins, 77-75-75224; T42. Josh Persons, 74-73-78225; T49. Matt Van Cleave, 76-77-7373; T52. A.J. Elgert 75-72-80227.