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KSU’s Wood finishes 7th at Big 12

By The Mercury

TRINITY, Texas — Kansas State senior Daniel Wood closed out his Wildcat career by tying for seventh place in the Big 12 Championship on Sunday at the par-72, 5,021-yard Whispering Pines Golf Club.

As a team, K-State finished ninth at 79-over 1231.

“Over the last two rounds, Daniel just played some great golf,” K-State head head coach Tim Norris, whose 17-year tenure as the Wildcats’ leader ended after Sunday’s final round. “He has just been a pleasure to watch this weekend and this was just a great way for him to finish out his career at K-State. I could not be happier for the young man because he has worked so hard.

“As a team, we just dug ourselves a pretty deep hole on that first day and we had some mixed results after that. We made some bad decisions on top of some bad shots which led to a double- or triple-bogey on a course of this caliber. Overall, I wish we would have came here and played some our better golf to see how we stacked up, but we just got off to a rugged start.”

Wood entered the final round tied for 19th, but was able to move up the leaderboard 12 spots thanks to a final-round 69. The Leander, Texas, native ended the event at 3-over 291 and earned all-conference honors by placing in the Top 10. Wood’s finish was the best result by a Wildcat golfer since Joe Ida also tied for seventh in the 2010 Big 12 tournament.

Playing in his first Big 12 Championship, freshman Seth Smith finished 36th after turning in a 10-over 307.

Rounding out the scoring lineup for the Wildcats were Kyle Weldon, David Klaudt and Alex Carney, as the trio finished 42nd, 44th, and 45th, respectively.

Texas finished at 6-over 1158 to earn its second straight Big 12 title, while TCU’s Julien Brun finished atop the individual leaderboard at 11-under 277.

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