Summer Men's Golf Update: August 11
MANHATTAN, Kan. - With the summer golf season coming to a close, members of the Kansas State men's golf team are beginning to conclude their competition across the country.
At the Kansas Amateur, four Wildcats and a former Wildcat made it to the match play portion at the Kansas City Country Club. Incoming freshman Curtis Yonke won his first match over older brother and former Wildcat Kyle before being knocked out in the second round. Junior-to-be Kyle Smell won two matches and tied for fifth in the 36-hole stroke play qualifying with a 1-over par.
Seniors Mitchell Gregson and Joe Ida played extremely well in stroke play qualifying as both players carded an even-par 140, tying for third in the field of 141 players. Gregson lost 1 down in his quarterfinal match despite firing a 5-under par. Ida lost to the eventual champion, Matt Ewald, 2&1 in the semifinals.
Incoming freshman Ben Juffer put together four solid rounds in the Northwest Iowa Amateur at the par-72 Spencer Country Club. His 6-under par 282 was good for fifth place. At the Herman Sani Invitational in Johnston, Iowa, Juffer tied for 28th place after shooting a 12-over par 156. At U.S. Amateur Qualifying at the Des Moines Country Club South Course on Monday, Juffer carded a 7-over par 151 to tie for 22nd place.
Following the Kansas Amateur, Curtis Yonke stayed busy by notching another top finish at the AJGA's Scissortail Jr. Championship at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow. Yonke finished eight strokes back of the leader with a 225 total, which placed him in a tie for eighth in the 75-player field.
Senior Joe Kinney tees off in the Illinois State Amateur on Tuesday. Kinney earned his place in the field by winning his local qualifier earlier this summer. The tournament will be played at the Bloomington Country Club.
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