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K-State finishes tied for fourth at Desert Shootout

By The Mercury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Kansas State men’s golf team finished the final round of play at the Desert Shootout tied for fourth with San Diego at the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course Saturday.

K-State had a 7-under-par 281 performance in Saturday’s third round and was able to climb seven spots following the first round. Combined with its 2-over-par 290 performance on Thursday and 3-under-par 285 showing Friday, the Wildcats’ three-round total of 8-under-par 856 was just six strokes shy of third.

Curtis Yonke and Ben Juffer finished in the top-20 for K-State. Yonke shot a 4-under-par 68 on Saturday to bring his three-day total to a 4-under-par 212. He ended in a tie for 12th place to secure his fourth top-20 finish of the season. Juffer carded a 3-under-par 69 on the day to bring his three-day total to a 2-under 214. He began the day tied for 39th place, but successfully climbed the leader board to finish tied for 17th to obtain his third top-20 finish of the season.

The Wildcats’  Kyle Weldon tied for 21st with a 1-under 71 in the third round. He brought his three-round total to a 1-under 215. Rounding out the team’s lineup, Kyle Smell carded a 2-over 74 third round to end tied for 31st. David Klaudt tied for 57th with a 1-over 73 on Satuday.

Competing as individuals, Chase Chamberlin and Alex Carney shot a 6-over 78 and a 1-over 73. respectively on Saturday. Chamberlin tied for 67th, while Carney was 80th.

Wichita State climbed three spots on the leader board and ended the three-day event at 28-under 836 Saturday to grasp the Shootout’s title. The Shockers’ Rafael Becker carded a 6-under 66 third round to bring his total score to 14-under 202 to secure the shootout’s individual title. 

The Wildcats will take a short break before returning to action April 9-10 at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., to end the regular season.

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