Wildcats Head West for Alister MacKenzie Invitational
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Coming off a second-consecutive fourth-place finish, the
THE COURSE: The
THE FIELD (15): California, Cal-Poly, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, San Jose State, San Francisco, Stanford, UC-Irvine, Washington State, and Wichita State.
LAST TIME OUT: K-State recorded its second-consecutive fourth-place finish at the Memphis Intercollegiate. The Wildcats fired a combined team score of 294-294-296884 (+20), to finish eight strokes behind of champion
LAST YEAR AT THE ALISTER MacKENZIE: Nearly one year ago (Oct. 11-12) K-State made the treck to
STREB OFF TO QUICKEST FRESHMAN START IN NORRIS ERA: Freshman starters have been somewhat of a rarity during the Tim Norris era. Only four true freshman have participated in the first three tournaments of the year prior to the 2005-06 season. Robert Streb accomplished that feat after his 72-77-72221 (+5) performance at the Memphis Intercollegaite, which he tied for sixth. However, none of the other four were able to record the stroke average Streb has amassed through the first three tournaments (73.67). The other four were Clay Hodge in 2004 (75.67), Josh Persons in 2002 (76.78), Aaron Watkins in 2000 (76.11), and Scott McNealy in 1998 (74.89).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The top three players from last year Alister MacKenzie are all in the lineup for this year’s version of the tournament. Ben Kern finished in 11th place with a 73-71-70214 performance. Jonathan James tied for 14th, his highest place of the year, after firing a 76-69-71216. Tyler Cummins finished one shot back to James, tying for 27th. With the recent surge of Kyle Yonke, and freshman Robert Streb having a great start to his collegiate career, K-State has a good chance to improve off their fifth-place finish from a year ago.
Name Yr-Exp Hometown Rnds Stroke Avg.
Tyler Cummins Sr.-1L
Robert Streb Fr.-HS
Kyle Yonke So.-1L
Ben Kern Sr.-3L