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Wildcats finish play at Desert Shootout

By The Mercury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Kansas State men’s golf team carded a final-round score of 11-over-par 295 on Saturday to finish the Desert Shootout in 14th place at 25-over 877 at the par-71, 6,925-yard Palm Valley Golf Course.

“Our scores were more comparative with the rest of the field today,” K-State coach Tim Norris said. “I thought our guys did well today. If we would have been a little more competitive in the first two rounds, it would have been a much better final result.”

Senior Curtis Yonke improved seven spots on the leaderboard with a final-round score of 2-over-par 73, tying for 33rd with a three-round mark of 4-over-par 217.

Daniel Wood bounced back from a 78 on Friday and made a 14-spot improvement by carding a 1-over-par 72 on Saturday. Wood finished tied for 56th at 8-over-par 221.

Ben Juffer equaled his Friday score of 5-over-par 76 on Saturday to tie with Wood for 56th.

Sophomore Kyle Weldon and freshman Matt Green rounded out the scoring lineup for K-State. Weldon carded a 3-over-par 74 on Saturday to complete the event at 10-over-par 223, tying for 66th.

Green finished two strokes behind Weldon with a 76 on Saturday to tie for 76th at 12-over-par 225.

Playing as an individual, Tyler Norris tied for 81st at 13-over-par 226 following a 7-over-par 78 during Saturday’s final round.

BYU ran away with the team championship as the Cougars finished with a 54-hole score of 14-under-par 838, 10 strokes ahead of second-place Denver. Zachary Blair of BYU won the individual competition at 15-under-par 198.

K-State is back in action April 8-9 at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Wildcats are the defending team champion, while Juffer returns to the event after winning the individual title with a school-record score of 12-under-par 198.

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