The Kansas State men’s golf team improved 26 strokes from round one to round two Monday and sat atop the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate leaderboard at the par-72, 7,486-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course.
Playing in the lone home event of the season, K-State carded a second-round 2-under 286 — the lowest 18-hole score of the day — to finish Monday’s action two shots ahead of Sam Houston State.
“It was a big turnaround from the morning to the afternoon,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “We have to come out tomorrow and play this way again.
“We need to play with some urgency because a two-stroke margin can evaporate pretty quickly out here. I am proud of the effort, but we just have to execute better for 18 holes.”
Playing as an individual, Alex Carney turned in the lowest score of the day for K-State, firing an even-par 144, which included a first-round 2-under 70. Carney entered the final round today trialing the overall leader, Sam Houston State’s Zach Cabra, of by four strokes.
Competing for the first time this season, Matt Green turned in a second-round 5-under 67, improving 12 strokes from his first-round 7-over 79. Green entered Tuesday’s final round in third place. Daniel Wood was in fourth place after he carded a 4-over 148 on Monday, while Kyle Weldon recorded 8-over 152 and ended Monday’s action in a four-way tie for 10th.
Rounding out the scoring lineup for the Wildcats were David Klaudt and Tyler Norris, who finished the first two rounds of action in a tie for 14th place and 21st place, respectively. Klaudt tallied a 9-over 153, while Norris turned in a 12-over 156.
Playing in their first collegiate tournament, freshmen Connor Knabe and Seth Smith finished Monday in the top 30. Knabe (T27th) carded a 14-over 158, while Smith (T30th) tallied a 15-over 159.