Colbert Hills will remain K-State’s home course for at least five more years thanks to a new agreement.

Colbert Hills Golf Course will remain Kansas State’s home for at least five more years.

K-State Athletics and the Kansas State University Golf Course Management and Research Foundation (KSUGCMRF) announced a new agreement with Colbert Hills this past week. The agreement runs through June, 30, 2023, and includes an average annual payment of $320,000 from K-State’s athletics department to Colbert Hills for services, access, maintenance, office and locker room space.

“We are pleased to work with the KSUGCMRF Board of Directors, Steve Lambert and Bernie Haney to continue our partnership with Colbert Hills on this new agreement that both of us find to be mutually beneficial,” K-State athletics director Gene Taylor said in a release. “It is important to continue to provide our golf programs with the resources they need to compete at the highest level while also doing our part in helping our community by ensuring Colbert Hills Golf Course remains one of the top daily fee courses in the state of Kansas.”

The agreement also allows K-State’s golf program private, year-round access to the Par 3 Course and Heyka Practice Area. This is the first time the men’s and women’s golf teams will have an exclusive practice area while Colbert Hills concentrates its resources to maintaining the championship course.

The First Tee of Manhattan and the Colbert Hills Founders will still have access to the Par 3 course when K-State’s golf teams aren’t practicing.

“Our partnership with K-State Athletics and serving as Home of K-State Golf remains one of our core principles in the mission of the KSUGCMRF and this agreement will be significant in helping maintain Colbert Hills Golf Course as a first-class daily fee golf course,” KSUGCMRF executive director Bernie Haney said in the release. “We appreciate their enhanced commitment to Colbert Hills as we work together to provide a world-class golf experience here in Kansas while also continuing to build championship collegiate golf programs.”

Colbert Hills, K-State’s home course since 2000, is recognized as Kansas’ premier daily fee golf layout by Golf Digest.

Gandon, Massimino excel in classroom

Men’s golfers Jeremy Gandon and Roland Massimino have been named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced this past week.

The two golfers, who are both finance majors, were among 265 Division I players to earn the award. They’re also the first Wildcats to do so since Jack Rickabaugh and Kyle Weldon claimed the honor following the 2015-16 season.

In order to be eligible, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete at the college level for at least three full years, participate in 50 percent of the team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76.00 per round and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Gandon finished his junior season with a 72.72 stroke average, a personal best and the eighth-best mark in school history. He will enter his senior year with a career scoring average of 72.98, the top mark in school history.

Gandon concluded his season with an automatic individual bid to the NCAA Regionals after becoming K-State’s first individual conference medalist in 67 years, tying for first at the 2018 Big 12 Championship.

Massimino finished third on the team this season with a 73.74 stroke average. He had two top-10 finishes.

Gandon and Massimino were also among a program-tying record six Wildcats named to the 2017-18 Academic All-Big 12 team with each being first-team members the two years they have been eligible for the award.

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