Wildcats Finish Wimberly Tied for Third
LAS CRUCES, N.M. Kansas State turned in its best round as a team this fall and got another strong round from Joe Ida but it wasn’t enough for the Wildcats to move any higher than a tie for third at Tuesday’s Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
Ida shot his third-consecutive 3-under 68, but was outdueled by Texas Tech’s Sergio Franky for the tournament’s individual title at New Mexico Golf Course. Franky shot a 69-68-65202 (-11) and helped Texas Tech capture the team title at 274-283-274831 (-21).
K-State started and ended the day tied with Nevada after firing a 280-296-278844 (-8) for the tournament and was in third place behind Texas-Arlington, 282-278-275835 (-17), and the Red Raiders.
“(Four scores in the sixties) is what it would have taken,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “The conditions were good again today. There’s a lot of good competition here, teams were not going to come all the way here and lay down.
“Watching the golf for this tournament, it looked really, really good. I saw a lot of solid play, middle of the fairway and on the green. It was a lot of low stress golf for the coach, which is nice. Our ball striking was good. There just weren’t enough putts to win, but we certainly had quite a few. I was very pleased with all of (the guys).”
The Wildcats final-round tally of 6-under 278 is eight strokes better than the team’s previous low of 285, achieved during the second round of the Wolfpack Classic. The tournament score is also the lowest of the season and the second-consecutive time K-State has improved in the final round, something Norris sees as very positive.
“I do think that the last round (of the Club Glove Intercollegiate), the previous week was a little hurdle as far as trying to put three solid rounds together,” Norris said. “Par had a little different meaning last week. This week, being able to put up some red numbers was nice. Mitch (Gregson) had 16 birdies in 54 holes. I don’t think our entire team made sixteen birdies last week.”
Gregson’s 16 birdies was second only to Franky’s 18, and the sophomore from Waterloo, Ill., tied for the field lead with a 3.88 (-4) scoring average on par-4 holes. Gregson finished the tournament tied for ninth with a score of 70-69-71210 (-3).
K-State junior Robert Streb turned in the lowest score of the day for the Wildcats with his third-round 67, an 11 stroke improvement from the second round on Monday. Streb’s strong finish helped him jump 22 places in the standings and into a tie for 23rd at 1-over 214.
“He was going to be a big key today, as far as us moving up or moving down,” Norris said. “It was nice to see a bogey free round. Those help your confidence. He’s been close again, just like Joe (Ida) was a couple weeks ago. He had a couple of miscues yesterday and they compounded themselves in the afternoon. If you take those away and he’d be right up there at the top.”
Kyle Smell and Ross Guebelle finished tied for 51st with 8-over 221s. The Wildcats finish the fall slate with a trip to Stockton, Calif., and the Pacific Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5-7.
Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate
Team Scores: 1. Texas Tech 274-283-274831 (-21); 2. UT-Arlington 282-278-275835 (-17); T3. Nevada 274-292-278844 (-8); T3. Kansas State 280-286-278844 (-8); 5. Ball State 286-291-279856 (+4); 6. Loyola Marymount 285-286-288859 (+7); 7. Louisiana-Monroe 285-290-287862 (+10); T8. New Mexico State 288-291-285864 (+12); T8. Miami (Ohio) 292 284 288 864 +12; 10. Cal Poly 287-286-293866 (+14); 11. South Alabama 292-288-288868 (+16); 12. Washington State 295-289-289873 (+21); 13. Northern Colorado 292-289-302883 (+31); 14. Rice 292-299-294885 (+33); 15. Texas-El Paso 293-301-297891 (+39); 16. Nebraska 296-307-298901 (+49); 17. Towson 310-295-311916 (+64).
Top-10 Individuals: 1. Sergio Franky, Texas Tech, 69-68-65202 (-11); 2. Joe Ida, Kansas St., 68-68-68204 (-9); 3. Bobby Massa, UT-Arlington 70-69-66205 (-8); 4. Garrett Merrell, Texas Tech, 64-72-71207 (-6); T5. Travis Reid, New Mexico State 70-72-66208 (-5); T5. Zack Reeves, Texas-Arlington 70-69-69208 (-5); T5. Chase Cooper, Nevada, 67-71-70208 (-5); T5. Santiago Rivas, Texas Tech, 70-70-68208 (-5); T9. Johnny Caldwell, South Alabama, 70-70-70210 (-3); T9. Mitchell Gregson, Kansas St., 70-69-71210 (-3); T9. Nathan McMullen, Louisiana-Monroe, 68-72-70210 (-3); T9. Jared Becher, Nevada, 71-71-68210 (-3).
K-State Individuals: 2. Joe Ida 68-68-68204 (-9); T9. Mitchell Gregson 70-69-71210 (-3); T23. Robert Streb 69-78-67214 (+1); T51. Kyle Smell 73-76-72221 (+8); T51. Ross Geubelle 74-73-74221 (+8).