Five Wildcats earn Academic honors

By The Mercury

Five members of the Kansas State men’s golf team were named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 teams, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

Seniors David Klaudt, Tyler Norris and Daniel Wood, along with junior Kyle Weldon were named to the first team, while senior Alex Carney was named to the second team.

Klaudt was named to the first team for the first time in his career. Klaudt has competed in seven events for the Wildcats this season, with his best finish coming in the 2013 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, where he tied for 17th. The Dallas, Texas, native is currently working on his Master of Business Administration degree.

Like Klaudt, Norris also recorded the first first-team nod during his time at K-State. Majoring in finance, Norris has played in six events on the year and currently holds a 77.77 stroke average. He also carded one top-20 finish this season.

Out of 23 first-team honorees, Wood is the only golfer with a perfect 4.0 GPA, marking the second consecutive year that he has earned the distinction. Currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration, Wood has played in every tournament for the Wildcats this season and currently leads the team in several statistical categories, including rounds played (30), lowest stroke average (72.33) and top-5 finishes (2).

With this year’s honor, Weldon becomes a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team selection. A civil engineering major, Weldon, has been one of K-State’s most consistent golfers, joining Wood as the only other Wildcat to compete in all 10 events of the season, where he has earned six top-20 finishes.

A marketing major from Wichita, Carney has played in nine tournaments, highlighted by a second-place finish in the Colbert Intercollegiate and tying for third place in the Firestone Invitational.

K-State will have next week off as the Wildcats prepare for the Big 12 Championship, April 25-27, at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

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