K-State Ties for 11th at Mason Rudolph Championship
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Kansas State men’s golf team just couldn’t seem to find its rhythm as it carded a final-round score of 293 to finish tied for 11th with a 54-hole score of 869 at the Mason Rudolph Championship. It was the Wildcats’ worst finish since coming in 12th at the Boilermaker Invitational last April. The course played much more difficult on Tuesday, as eight of the 15 squads fielded their worst scores of the tournament, including the Wildcats.
“It was an average to a little below average tournament for us,” head coach Tim Norris said. “When the scores are low the margin of error isn’t very large and we made our share of mistakes. It was a good learning experience for us. There is a lot of talent in collegiate golf and hopefully this is an eye-opener for us and it shows how much depth and talent there is.”
Junior Tyler Cummins entered the final round tied for fourth, but carded a 5-over par 76 and tied for 21st with a 54-hole score of 66-72-76214 (+1). Junior co-captain Ben Kern posted a final-round 72 and tied for 21st with Cummins at 214 (+1).
With Cummins and Kern tying for 21st, it marked the first time that no Wildcat had placed in the top 20 since last year’s Boilermaker Invitational.
Senior Matt Van Cleave suffered through his most difficult outing of the season. Van Cleave fired a final-round 74 and finished tied for 52nd with a 221 (+8). Freshman Kyle Yonke had the low round of the day for the Wildcats, with a 71 (E) and finished in 61st at 224 (+11). Freshman Clay Hodge tied for 65th at 226 (+13).
Low scores were abundant at the par-71, 6,990-yard Roper’s Knob Course at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. Every golfer that finished in the top 20 was either even or below par for the tournament. Georgia State’s Ty Harris carried Georgia State to the team title. Harris decimated the competition and finished the tournament with a 63-68-64195 (-18), 11 strokes ahead of Mississippi’s Jordan Dempsey (-7).
Georgia State continued its domination by carding the lowest round of the day and won the tournament by 20 strokes over host Vanderbilt. Georgia State led wire-to-wire and finished with a phenomenal team score of 269-279-283831 (-21).
The Wildcats will look to rebound Oct. 11-12 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Fairfax, Calif. For complete results, please visit Kansas State’s website at www.kstatesports.com.
Men’s Collegiate Golf
Team Scores: 1. Georgia State, 269-279-283831; 2. Vanderbilt, 278-285-288851; 3. Alabama, 286-281-286853; T4. Mississippi, 280-280-294854; T4. Florida State, 280-290-284854; T4. UAB, 289-281-284854; 7. SMU 288-278-290856; 8. College of Charleston, 297-277-283857; 9. North Florida, 292-283-290865; 10. UCF, 289-293-284866; T11. Virginia, 287-288-294869; T11. Kansas State, 288-288-293869; 13. LSU, 300-280-291871; 14. UNC-Wilmington, 301-285-292878; 15. Middle Tennessee St., 295-286-292878;.
Top Individuals: 1. Ty Harris, (Georgia State) 63-68-64195 (-18); 2. Jordan Dempsey, (Mississippi) 70-67-69206 (-7); 3. Andreas Hoegberg, (UCF) 67-71-69207 (-6); 4. Ryan Thomas, (UAB) 70-69-71210 (-3); T5. Brett Lange, (Vanderbilt) 71-69-71211 (-2); T5. Joel Sjoholm, (Georgia St.) 69-71-71211 (-2); T5. Kaylor Timmons, (UAB) 73-69-69211 (-2); T5. Callum Macaulay (Mississippi) 68-72-71211 (-2).
Wildcat Individuals: T21. Tyler Cummins, (K-State) 66-72-76214 (+1);T21. Ben Kern, 72-70-72214 (+1); T52. Matt Van Cleave, 74-73-74221 (+8); 61. Kyle Yonke, 76-77-71224 (+11); T65. Clay Hodge, 77-73-76226 (+13).