Wildcats take 2nd at Colbert Intercollegiate

By The Mercury

The Kansas State men’s golf team turned in a 38-over 902 to finish in second place in the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Tuesday at the par-72, 7,486-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course.

K-State entered the day with a two-stroke lead over eventual tournament winner, Sam Houston State, but the Bearkats carded the best score of the final round — a 12-over 300 — to defeat the Wildcats by two strokes.

“We just came up a little short today,” K-State head coach Tim Norris said. “It was really disappointing to give up the lead, but I think some good things came out of it.

“We had two excellent days to evaluate our game and where it is. If we can string together three good rounds next week in Akron, we will be in a good spot.”

Competing as an individual, Alex Carney placed in the Top 5 for the first time of his career, as he finished in second place at 3-over 219.

Matt Green led the K-State scoring lineup, as he finished fourth after carding a 5-over 221. Green has now earned four Top-5 finishes through his first two seasons in Manhattan.

Daniel Wood joined his Wildcat teammate in the Top 5, as he carded a 9-over 225 to earn fifth, the second time in as many years that he has finished in the top-give in the Colbert Intercollegiate.

Kyle Weldon earned the fourth Top-10 finish of his collegiate career on Tuesday after firing a 12-over 228 to end the event in eighth.

Rounding out the scoring lineup for K-State were Tyler Norris and David Klaudt. Norris carded a final-round 76 to finish in a tie 13th at 16-over 232. Klaudt tied for 17th after recording an 18-over 234.

Freshmen Seth Smith and Connor Knabe, playing solely as individuals, finished tied for 21st and 23rd, respectively. Smith turned in a 19-over 235, while Knabe notched a 20-over 236.

Zach Cabra of SHSU finished atop the individual leaderboard, as he fired a 3-under 213.

The Wildcats will be back in action next Monday and Tuesday as they head east to compete in the 2013 Firestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

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