Wildcat golfers take 5th in Arizona

By The Mercury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Kansas State men’s golf team turned in a final-round 11-under 277 Saturday to finish fifth in the Desert Shootout at the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Country Club.

K-State finished at 23-under 841 — it’s lowest team score of the season — and ended the event eight shots behind team champion, UMKC.

The duo of Seth Smith and Kyle Weldon led the Wildcats from start to finish, as both golfers earned Top-10 finishes. Weldon fired a 10-under 206 to tie for sixth, while Smith carded a career-low 4-under 68 over the final round to tie for eighth at 9-under 207.

Daniel Wood tallied a 1-under 71, his second straight under-par round, on Saturday to finish tied for 29th at 3-under 213. Connor Knabe, who tied for 36th, also carded a final-round 1-under 71 to finish at 1-under 215. Alex Carney improved six shots from Round 2 to Round 3 and finished at 13-over 229.

Playing as individuals, David Klaudt (T19th) recorded a 4-under 68 to finish at 5-under 215, while Tyler Norris finished the event at 15-over 231.

UMKC’s Nathan Hughes took home top individuals honors, as he finished at 16-under 200.

K-State will have one week off of competition before returning to the Grand Canyon State to compete in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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