MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State men’s golf team will leave Kansas for the first time this fall and begin a four-course western tour with a visit to Nevada and the Wolf Pack Classic on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9.
The Wildcats have been solid in two tournaments this season, claiming a pair of top-5 finishes, and look to build on that success while competing against 18 other teams at Wolf Run Golf Club. K-State opened the fall campaign with a 4th place finish at the Kansas Invitational and improved to 2nd at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate.
Kansas state finished 9th out of 18 at last year’s Wolf Pack Classic after shooting 285-299-292876 (+12). The tournament starts with two rounds on Monday beginning at 8 a.m. (PDT) with a shotgun start and a third and final round being played at 8 a.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, also with a shotgun start. K-State will take five players and the lowest four scores will be counted for the team score.
K-State’s Projected Lineup
1 - Mitchell Gregson - So. - 73.5 Stroke Average, team-high 100-percent of rounds counted
2 - Robert Streb - Jr. - 74.17 Stroke Average, tied for team-low round of 71
3 - Daniel Wood - Fr. - 73.33 Stroke Average, first collegiate team appearance
4 - Joe Ida - So. - 75.17 Stroke Average, Mr. Consistent has finished 3rd on team in each event
5 - Kyle Smell - Fr. - 75.33 Stroke Average, finished tied for 8th overall at Kansas Invitational
A Glance at the Field
Kansas State will face the largest field of the season so far when the Wildcats match-up with 18 other programs at Wolf Run Golf Club. Despite the huge field, the Wildcats will only recognize two of the opponents from previous tournaments, Air Force and New Mexico State. The Wolf Pack Classic has a significantly western feel with 14 of the 19 teams representing the West Region and five representing the Central Region. Eight different conferences will be on display including the Mountain West Conference (4), Western Athletic Conference (4), Sunbelt Conference (3), Big 12 (2), Big West (1), Conference USA (1), Pac-10 (1), West Coast Conference and a pair of independent teams.
Wolf Run Golf Club
At just over 10 years old, Wolf Run Golf Club is home to the University of Nevada-Reno golf teams. The course was designed by John Fleming and is built on land donated to the university nearly 20 years ago. Like any tournament, the scores will be decided on the greens, but at high-elevation Wolf Run, the short-game may be the biggest challenge. Numerous reviews say things like “...Fleming made things tough with elevated, sloping greens that make you work on approach shots,” and “...must pay attention to the green's highest point/nearest hill or mountain to help read breaks and uphill/downhill putts.” For more information on the par-72, 7,100 yard course, please visit www.wolfrungolfclub.com.
Week in Review
Kansas State got a Monday and Tuesday off after spending the previous weeks in action. The Wildcats have to look all the way back to Sept. 24-25 for their last competition at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate. At the tournament in Manhattan, Kan., Mitch Gregson and Robert Streb shot the same low score for the Wildcats for the second consecutive day and led Kansas State to a second place finish at the 10 team tournament. Gregson and Streb finished with an even-72 in final round at Colbert Hills Golf Course where the Wildcats finished behind Miami (Ohio). The K-State pair matched rounds the entire tournament, recording a 75-71-72218 (+2), and finished tied for fourth overall. As a team, the Wildcats shot 299-292-296887 (+11) and finished 12 strokes behind the Redhawks and 11 strokes ahead of Marquette.
Three K-State golfers made their collegiate debuts at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate. Redshirt freshmen Ross Guebelle and Brian Larson joined true freshman Daniel Wood as Wildcats competing as individuals during the home event. Wood is projected to make his first team contribution as one of the five golfers taking the trip to Nevada.