Kansas State senior golfer Ben Juffer was named the 2012 Player of the Year by the Kansas Golf Association (KGA) in an announcement by the organization. Juffer earned a total of 445 points over five events this summer to best former Wildcat standout Kyle Smell, who tallied 416.5 points.
Prior to the start of the 2012-13 collegiate season, Juffer turned in a host of solid performance during the summer, including tying for fourth place in the High Plains Amateur, tying for first place in the stroke play portion of the 2012 Kansas Amateur and a runner-up finish in the match-play rounds of the Kansas Amateur, where he earned 55, 155 and 200 points, respectively. Juffer’s points total also included 10 points as an exempt qualifier for the Kansas Amateur and 25 points as a qualifier for the US Open Local, which was held at The National of Kansas City.
A 2009 graduate of K-State, Smell recorded 416.5 points to place second in the final Player of the Year standings behind Juffer. Smell earned 300 points by winning the 2012 Kansas Amateur, 35 points with a victory in the 2012 Kansas Four-Ball at Sycamore Ridge Golf Course in Spring Hill with partner Jared Helin and 50 points with a medalist performance at the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Wichita’s Tallgrass Country Club. Smell also notched 21.5 as he tied for 11th place in the stroke play portion and 10 points as an exempt qualifier for the Kansas Amateur.
Juffer and the rest of the K-State men’s golf team will be back in action this spring as the Wildcats will travel to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the 2013 UTSA Invitational, Feb. 11-12, at the par-71, 6,765-yard Oak Hill Country Club.