K-State men’s golf captures Cowboy Classic title

By The Mercury

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Led by a school-record performance by junior Ben Juffer, the K-State men’s golf team secured the Wyoming Cowboy Classic title after shooting a 1-under-par 281 on Tuesday at the par-70, 7,133-yard north course of the Talking Stick Golf Club.

The tournament title was the 30th in program history and the first since winning the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate in the fall of 2009.

The Wildcats finished the three-round event at 14-under-par 826, two strokes ahead of second-place Colorado and three shots ahead of San Diego, which finished third. The Wildcats tied the school record for lowest 54-hole score, matching their 826 score at the 2007 Pacific Invitational.

Juffer won the event in a playoff over Colorado State’s Mike Wuertz, notching the classic’s individual title. A product of West Des Moines, Iowa, Juffer carded a 3-under-par 67 on Tuesday to bring his two-day total to a K-State 54-hole score record of 12-under-par 198 (65-66-67).

The junior, who captured the 29th individual championship in school history, eclipsed Ben Kern’s three-round record of 199 at the 2006 ASU Thunderbird Invitational, as he became just the second player in school history to shoot under 200 in three rounds.

With the individual title, Juffer surpassed his previous career-best finish set at the 2011 Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic where he placed 10th.

K-State’s Curtis Yonke completed Tuesday’s round at 2-under-par 68 to finish in a tie for ninth. His two-day total of 5-under par 205 marked a new a career-low 54-hole score, and he secured his second top-10 finish of the season.

Kyle Weldon shot a 4-over-par 74 during the final round, bringing his three-round total to 2-over-par 212 to end in a tie for 43rd.

Kyle Smell carded a third-round score of 2-over-par 72, shooting a 5-over-par 215 over two days. The Wildcats’ David Klaudt finished the day shooting a 5-over-par 75, for a 9-over-par 219 performance to tie for 83rd.

The Wildcats will try to use the tournament title as momentum heading into the 2012 Big 12 Championship — slated for April 27-29 — at the Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

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