HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Following a final-round score of 311, the Kansas
State men’s golf team fell from a seventh-place tie to finish ninth at
the 2007 Big 12 Championship Tuesday. The Wildcats completed the
three-round tournament with a score of 76-over par 916 on the
challenging par 70, 6,611-yard Prairie Dunes Country Club, which, for
the third-straight day, produced high scores from every golfer. The
Wildcats, who were selected in the pre-tournament coaches poll to
finish 12th, broke a streak of back-to-back 10th-place finishes in the
Head coach Tim Norris credited world-renown Prairie Dunes Country Club
for the high scores by every team in the field.
“This course is just mentally grueling,” said Norris. “You can’t have a
top-30 course in the world in Hutchinson, Kan., without it being a
special place. The overall scores shot in this tournament were not
about talent level because you have some of the best golfers in the
NCAA here. It’s all about the course.”
Oklahoma State took home the conference crown with a 54-hole score of
26-over par 866. It was the Cowboys’ fifth Big 12 Championship, the
most of any school. Texas A&M finished second at 33-over par 873, an
amazing 20-strokes ahead of third-place Texas.
Oklahoma State’s Pablo Martin came back from a third-place tie after
36-holes to edge teammate Ryan Posey for individual honors. Martin, a
junior from Malaga, Spain, carded a 54-hole score of 1-over par 211,
three strokes ahead of Posey at 4-over par 214. Both individuals fired
third-round low scores of 2-under par 68.
Freshman Joe Ida was the top finisher for the Wildcats as he tied for
22nd at 17-over par 227. It was the second time this season he led
K-State in a tournament and becomes the first freshman to place as the
top Wildcat in the conference tournament since A.J. Elgert tied for
20th in 2001.
Junior Kyle Yonke was able to put a second-round score of 78 behind him
to card the lowest-Wildcat round Tuesday with a 5-over par 75. The
Lubbock, Texas, native, finished tied for 35th at 20-over par 230.
Joe Kinney led the Wildcats during day one, finishing the 36-hole day
tied for 14th. However, a third-round score of 13-over par 83 dropped
him to a tie for 40th at 22-over par 232. Freshman Mitchell Gregson
also tied for 40th following his third-round score of 78.
Sophomore Robert Streb finished tied for 45th at 24-over par 234.
The Kansas State men's golf team will turn its attention to Monday, May
7th, as regional selections will be announced at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on
www.ncaasports.com. The Wildcats are bidding for their fifth-straight
regional appearance and sixth in school history.
2007 Big 12 Championship
Prairie Dunes Country Club
Par 70 / 6,611 yards
Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma State, 290-289-287—866 (+26); 2. Texas A&M,
285-299-289—873 (+33); 3. Texas Tech, 303-292-298—893 (+53); 4. Texas,
293-298-303—894 (+54); 5. Oklahoma, 303-301-299—903 (+63); 6. Nebraska,
313-303-293—909 (+69); 7. Missouri, 304-300-307—911 (+71); 8. Baylor,
302-303-308—913 (+73); 9. K-State, 304-301-311—916 (+76); 10. Kansas,
302-311-304—917 (+77); 11. Colorado, 313-304-305—922 (+82); 12. Iowa
State, 311-311-302—924 (+84).
Top Individuals: 1. Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State, 70-73-68—211 (+1); 2.
Ryan Posey, Oklahoma State, 73-73-68—214 (+4); 3. Brady Schnell,
Nebraska, 72-71-72—215 (+5); T4. Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M,
73-76-67—216 (+6); T4. Robert Gates, Texas A&M, 69-73-74—216 (+6).
K-State Individuals: T22. Joe Ida, 74-74-79—227 (+17); T35. Kyle Yonke,
77-78-75—230 (+20); T40. Mitchell Gregson, 78-76-78—232 (+22); T40. Joe
Kinney, 76-73-83—232 (+22); T45. Robert Streb, 77-78-79—234 (+24).