Former Wildcats having success in pro ranks

By The Mercury

Four former K-State golfers found success this weekend on the pro circuit, as Joe Ida, Joe Kinney, Robert Streb and Aaron Watkins each earned top-10 finishes over the weekend.

Streb and Watkins both finished in the top-5 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am held at The Carolina Country Club in Greer, S.C., on May 18-20. Streb ended the event 14-under par to tie for third place, while Watkins ended the tournament at 13-under par to tie for fifth place. Both former Wildcats ended the Sunday’s final round with five birdies.

A 2009 graduate of K-State, Streb notched the best finish of his pro career and has now had two top-five finishes in the past month. Streb is currently in 14th place on the Nationwide money list and has already earned his 2013 PGA Tour card. 

Watkins, a 2004 graduate of K-State, also tallied a career-best finish at the BMW Pro-Am, with his previous best mark coming on June 19, 2011 Preferred Heath Systems Wichita Open in Wichita on June 19, 2011, where he ended the event with a sixth-place finish.

Ida and Kinney also fared well this past weekend, finishing at 17-under par to tie for 10th place at the Cherry Blossom Classic in Georgetown, Ky.

A product of Fort Scott, Ida carded five birdies on Sunday to earn a top-10 finish, marking the second time he has done so in 2012. Ida currently ranks 16th in the 2012 National Golf Association (NGA) Professional Tour.

Kinney used a solid second round 4-under 68, in which he tallied seven birdies and one eagle to stay in contention throughout the weekend. It was Kinney’s first top-10 finish on the year.

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