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Youth leads team in coach’s 3rd year

By Tim Everson

Positives abound as K-State men’s golf coach Grant Robbins as he glances back to last season. The Wildcats may have missed the NCAA tournament but a sixth-place Big 12 finish and the emergence of young talent has Robbins looking forward to his third season at the helm for the Wildcats.

Attrition because of graduation will be very light as K-State only loses senior Kyle Weldon among what is shaping up to be a young and talented Wildcat team.

“We lose Kyle, who played a significant amount, but I’m very pleased with our young guys,” Robbins said. “Jeremy Gandon will be a sophomore. He had a great freshman year finishing fourth individually at the Big 12 Championship. Andrew Beckler who’s a freshman from Topeka had a good finish at the Big 12 Championship as well. Those are two freshmen who got considerable experience over the last year.”

That experience, Robbins said, will lead to an overall boost in team play come next fall  

“What that means is that the competition is going to be a lot better which will make the team a lot better and that will just make everyone raise their game a little bit,” Robbins said.

Overall for Robbins success equals progressing with a talented but young roster, and in his eyes, that includes making the NCAA tournament for the first time since he’s taken over as the Wildcats head coach.

“This year we got to where we were much more competitive in our tournaments,” Robbins said. “I think this year we need to show that we can win tournaments. And then also qualifying for the NCAAs.”

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