Wildcats fifth in Columbia

By The Mercury

COLUMBIA, Missouri — The Kansas State men’s golf team made a 13-stroke improvement from round one to round two on Monday to sit in fifth place at the 2013 Columbia Regional Preview at the par-72, 7,221-yard Club at Old Hawthorne.

After carding a 9-over-par 297 in the first round, the Wildcats were able to bounce back to record a second-round score of 4-under-par 284.

The 13-shot improvement during the afternoon round was the second-largest among the 11-team field.

“(Monday) morning was not going great, but then Alex (Carney) birdied three holes in a row at the end of his round, and then Kyle (Weldon) made a couple of birdies, and that got us out of the cellar,” K-State coach Tim Norris said. “I was proud of our guys, and I hope we can keep this momentum going into (Tuesday).”

Weldon is currently third, as he turned in a 4-under-par 140 on Monday — including a second-round score of 3-under-par 69 to lead the Wildcats.

Carney joins Weldon in the Top 15 entering the final round, as he is tied for 15th after he fired a pair of even-par 72s.

After carding a 4-over-par 76 in the first round, senior David Klaudt was able to recover with a second-round score of 3-under-par 69. Heading into today’s final round, Klaudt was tied for 20th. Playing as an individual, Tyler Norris shot 2-over-par 74 in both rounds to sit in a tie for 29th.

Rounding out the K-State scoring lineup was senior Daniel Wood and freshman Seth Smith, who are tied for 47th and tied for 59th, respectively.

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