May 13, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior golfer Daniel Wood will head to the Show Me State to compete in the 2014 NCAA Columbia (Mo.) Regional, Thursday-Saturday, at the par-72, 7,141-yard The Club at Old Hawthorne. Wood is one of five individuals that will be competing in Columbia on a course that he has played several times during his Wildcat career.
"With the course knowledge Daniel and I have about Old Hawthorne, we have been able to duplicate many of the playing conditions, club selections and grass types here in Manhattan," said head coach Tim Norris. "He feels very relaxed knowing there will not be any surprises when he gets to Columbia. He has done a great job keeping his golf swing in the groove since he finished up at the Big 12 Championship a few weeks ago."
A native of Leander, Texas, Wood leads the Wildcats with a 72.38 stroke average and has placed in the top 20 six times, including a pair of top-five finishes. His best placing was a tie for fourth at the Cowboy Classic when he carded a pair of 67s in the final two rounds to finish at 4-under par 206. He also placed fifth at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at 9-over par 225.
Wood, who tied for seventh at the 2014 Big 12 Championship, paced the Wildcats this season with 11 of his 34 rounds under par while 33.5 of his 34 rounds counted towards the team score.
A three-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 recipient, Wood has been the only Big 12 golfer each of the last two seasons to obtain a perfect 4.0 GPA. Following the 2012-13 season, Wood was named an All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Wood, who did not compete the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons due to a church mission and redshirted the 2011-12 campaign, has played the Club at Old Hawthorne on two occasions in his K-State career. As a sophomore in the spring of 2009, Wood tied for 17th at 8-over par 224 to help the Wildcats capture the Tiger Intercollegiate title, while he carded an 11-over par 227 this past fall in the season-opening Columbia Regional Preview.
"Old Hawthorne, visually, it is set up a lot like Colbert Hills, so there is really no question that I will be swinging my driver a lot this week," said Wood. "It is a place where you can be aggressive off of the tee and you can really pick your spots. The course really has a fantastic set of finishing holes on both the front and back nine, so anyone who comes out will see some exciting drama coming down the stretch.
"This is what we as K-State golfers are always working towards; we are always trying to make the postseason," continued Wood. "I owe a lot to my teammates for helping push me and for helping me get in a position where I was able to receive an at-large bid to go play in the regional."
First- and second-round action from Columbia is slated to begin with 8 a.m., on both Thursday and Friday, while Saturday's final round will get underway beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Live scoring from The Club at Old Hawthorne will be available at golfstat.com, while updates from the 2014 NCAA Columbia Regional will be available at kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available following each day of competition.