KSU ready for league tournament

By The Mercury

The Kansas State men’s golf team will travel south to compete in the Big 12 Championship that runs Friday through Sunday at the par-72, 5,021-yard Whispering Pines Country Club in Trinity, Texas.

K-State, which is seeded ninth, will be paired with No. 8 seed Kansas and No. 7 seed TCU. They will start at 8:50 a.m.

“In my opinion, the Big 12 plays two of the best courses in the country for their championship — Prairie Dunes here in Kansas and Whispering Pines,” said K-State coach Tim Norris, who will be coaching in his final Big 12 Championship as he is slated to retire at the end of this season.”

The Wildcats’ scoring lineup will include Daniel Wood, Kyle Weldon, Seth Smith, David Klaudt and Alex Carney. It marks the fourth time this season that Norris has sent this lineup into competition, with its best finish coming in the first week of the year, an eighth-place finish in the 2013 Columbia Regional Preview.

Wood and Weldon have been K-State’s most consistent performers this year, as both golfers have competed in all 10 events, tallying five and six Top-20 finishes, respectively.

In last season’s Big 12 Championship, Wood and Weldon helped K-State to a fifth-place finish, as the duo finished tied 31st and tied 14th, respectively.

In his first season in Manhattan, Smith has competed in seven events as part of the K-State scoring lineup, with his best finish coming in the 2014 Desert Shootout, where he tied for eighth place at 9-under 207.

Klaudt was a part of the squad that turned in a ninth-place finish at the 2012 Big 12 Championship at Whispering Pines and has recorded two Top-20 finishes this season. Carney has played in nine events this season and currently holds a 75.29 stroke average. His best finish came in the 2014 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, where he carded a runnerup finish.

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