Wildcats tie for 9th at St. Mary’s Invitational

By The Mercury

MONTEREY, Calif. — After sitting in 11th place following 36 holes of play on Monday, the Kansas State men’s golf team moved up two spots on the leaderboard Tuesday to finish in tie for ninth at the St. Mary’s Invitational at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course.

The Wildcats carded a 54-hole score of 39-over-par 903 to finish the event even with UC Irvine.

K-State battled back from a tough opening round in which it shot a 25-over-par 313. But the Wildcats moved up the standings thanks to a pair of sub-300 scores in the second and final rounds of competition.

K-State bettered its first-round score by 19 strokes to card a 6-over-par 294, while it finished out the competition with a third-round total of 8-over-par 296.

The Wildcats were led by redshirt-junior Daniel Wood, who finished in a tie for 22nd after recording a 2-under-par 70 in the final round of play on Tuesday.

Playing in just his second collegiate event since 2009, Wood saw consistent improvement throughout the tournament, recording scores of 77, 74 and 70 to finish play at 5-over 221.

Senior Ben Juffer and junior Alex Carney, who were tied entering Tuesday’s final round, each tallied a 3-over 75 to tie for 42nd at 12-over-par 228.

Competing in their second collegiate event, freshmen Matt Green and Hank Simpson rebounded from slow starts with solid second-round scores of 73 and 74, respectively. Overall, Green finished the event at 14-over-par 230, while Simpson notched a 54-hole total of 19-over-par 235.

Host school St. Mary’s shot a 4-under-par 864 to win the event and was able to hold off a charge by Kentucky.

The Wildcats combined for a final-round score of 8-under-par 280, the best team round of the event. Gael golfer Ben Geyer recorded a 4-under-par 212 to take home the tournament’s top individual spot, finishing just one stroke ahead of a two-way tie for second.

The Wildcats will host the annual Jim Colbert Intercollegiate this Monday and Tuesday at Colbert Hills. It is the only event at Colbert Hills this season for the Wildcats, and admission is free to the public.

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