Former Wildcat Ida wins tourney

Ida defeated PGA great Tom Watson by eight strokes

By The Mercury

Former Kansas State golfer Joe Ida carded a 54-hole score of 6-under-par 204 last weekend to win The Watson Challenge held at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills.

Ida, who won the event that “determines the best golfer in the Greater Kansas City area,” edged amateur Ryan Zech by one stroke, while he finished eight strokes ahead of legendary golfer Tom Watson, who tied for fourth at 2-over-par 212.

A four-year letterwinner, Ida carded a tournament-best 6-under-par 64 on Saturday in between rounds of even-par 70 on both Friday and Sunday.

In addition to Ida’s win, current Wildcat Ben Juffer finished fourth at the Palmetto Amateur at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. Juffer, who was at 7-over-par 217 through the first three rounds, tallied a 5-under-par 65 — the second-lowest round of the event — to card a 72-hole score of 2-over-par 282.

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