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Cats win Jim Colbert Intercollegiate

By The Mercury

The Kansas State men’s golf team carded a tournament-best score of 4-over 292 on Tuesday to capture the team championship in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at the par-72, 7,525-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course.

The Wildcats placed all five members of their scoring lineup in the top 15 on their way to a 37-over 901, besting second-place finisher Idaho by 11 shots.

Tuesday’s win marks the second victory in the last five tournaments for the Wildcats, with the team’s previous win coming in last season’s Wyoming Cowboy Classic where K-State finished atop the leaderboard in the 23-team field.

It was also the Wildcats’ first Jim Colbert Intercollegiate championship since 2009.

“This was a really good win for us at a good time,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “We haven’t won this event in several years, and I think our guys really circled this one as far as putting a good effort together. When you play on your home course, you have to try to not do too much or get too fancy. You just have got to play your normal game. I thought the guys did really well.”

Junior Daniel Wood and seniors Curtis Yonke and Ben Juffer paced the Wildcats throughout event, as each golfer finished in the top five. The trio entered the final round of competition in the top 10 and was able to maintain that position by carding three solid scores in round three.

Wood carded a final round 3-over 75 to finish the tournament in second place, just one stroke behind individual winner Daily Young of Missouri State. Wood ended the event with an overall score of 4-over 220 for his first top-five finish of the season.

After firing an opening round 71 — K-State’s best 18-hole score of the tournament — Yonke battled back from a rocky second-round 78 to record a 1-over 73 in round three. The Overland Park native ended the tournament in third at 6-over 222, which marked the second time that Yonke has had a top-five finish in his collegiate career.

Juffer carded 5-over 77 to move up the leader board one spot after the first two rounds to finish the event in sixth. Overall, Juffer recorded a 10-over 226 and ended the tournament just one spot behind Idaho golfer Gordon Webb for fifth. 

Rounding out the scoring lineup for K-State were junior Alex Carney and freshman Matt Green, who each recorded a 19-over 235 to finish in a four-way tie for 13th. Tuesday’s top-20 finish was the second for both golfers this season.

Competing as individuals, juniors David Klaudt and Tyler Norris each earned a top-20 finishes, with Klaudt finishing in a tie for sixth place with Idaho’s Sean McMullen and Norris tying with Johnny Spellerberg of Creighton for 19th. Overall, Klaudt was 11 over for 227, while Norris finished 22 over for 238.

K-State will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday, as the Wildcats compete in the 2012 Firestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

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