MANHATTAN, Kan - The Kansas State Wildcats open the 2007 fall schedule on Monday as they travel to Lawrence, Kan., and the Kansas Invitational.
The Wildcats will be making their 21st trip to Lawrence since the 1969 season and will be playing their 18th Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club.It will be Kansas State’s first appearance in the Kansas Invitational since the Wildcats shot a 290-293-294--877 (+13) at the event in 2004. That was the Wildcats’ lowest score ever shot over three rounds of the Kansas Invitational and at Alvamar Golf Club. The second-place finish tied for highest finish by a Wildcat team at the tournament. The Kansas Invitational will feature three rounds with the best scores out of five team players will be kept.
A Glance at the Field
Kansas State will be one of three Big 12 schools represented in this week’s field, joining Nebraska and host Kansas. The 16-team field also contains eight teams from the Central Region (Drake, Illinois State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri State, Nebraska, Oral Roberts and UMKC). The Kansas Invitational field features four teams that were ranked in the top-100 in GolfWeek Magazine’s final poll of the 2006-07 season (Kansas - 71; Houston - 73; Nebraska - 84; UC-Davis - 85).
Alvamar Golf Club
Located in Lawrence, Kan., the Alvamar Golf Club is a par-72, 7,092 yard course that serves as the home for the University of Kansas golf team. The Alvamar Golf Club was developed by Bob Billings and opened in 1968. It has been the exclusive home of teh Kansas Invitational since its inaugural season in 1983.
Peeking in the Rear View
Despite snapping a streak of four consecutive berths into NCAA Regional play, the Wildcats showed progress in 2006-07. Kansas State posted four top-5 finishes and recorded the fifth-lowest 54-hole score in school history after shooting a 283-283-284850 (-14) at the Ron Moore Invitational on March 19-20. Kansas State also placed four individuals on the Academic All-Big 12 team.
Streb Nearly Makes Cut at US Amateur
K-State junior Robert Streb shaved 10 strokes off of his opening round at the 2007 US Amateur and carded a 1-under 69 on Wednesday but missed the cut for match-play by one stroke. Streb opened competition at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., with a 9-over 79 while playing the 6,948 yard par-70 Lakeside Course on Monday and Tuesday, but rallied with a 69 during Wednesday’s second round on the Oceanside Course. Streb’s 69 was a top-12 mark for the second round, but his two-round stroke play total of 149 tied him at No. 76 and on the outside edge of Wednesday’s cut.
Mixing it up
After losing just one player to graduation (Jay Kramer) the Wildcats return the core of the 2006-07 team and will look to build off of that experience. Seven Kansas State golfers completed more than 10 rounds of competition last fall and spring with Mitchell Gregson (37), Joe Ida (37), Robert Streb (34) and Kyle Yonke (37) completing more than 30 each. The Wildcats will also mix in a core of young talent including redshirt freshmen Ross Geubelle and Brian Larson, and newcomers Kyle Smell and Daniel Wood.
K-State’s Projected Lineup
1 - Kyle Yonke - Sr. - 75.24 (06-07 Stroke Average)
2 - Robert Streb - Jr. - 75.24 (06-07 Stroke Average)
3 - Joe Ida - So. - 75.78 (06-07 Stroke Average)
4 - Mitchell Gregson - So. - 75.70 (06-07 Stroke Average)
5 - Spencer Alefs - So. - 78.17 (06-07 Stroke Average)
* - Kyle Smell - Fr. - Will make first collegiate appearance as an individual.