AKRON, Ohio – The Kansas State men's golf team turned in a fourth-place finish in the 2013 Firestone Invitational at the par-72, 7,125-yard Firestone Country Club on Tuesday. The Wildcats carded a 13-over 877 and were led by senior Alex Carney and sophomore Matt Green, who finished the event in a three-way tie for third place.
“We came up a little short today, but to only lose by six shots showed signs of progress, and hopefully that will set us up confidence-wise for the last event of the fall,” said head coach Tim Norris. “I think things are turning in the right direction but we have to shore up a couple of things. Overall, to be that close to winning was a pretty good performance by these guys.”
Carney and Green continued their solid play as both golfers finished at 2-under 214. Carney fired a final-round 2-under 70 while Green recorded a 2-over 74 on Tuesday. This week’s result marks the second-consecutive top-10 finish for each golfer.
Daniel Wood ended the event at 6-over 232 to tie for 32nd place. Rounding out the Wildcat scoring lineup was Kyle Weldon (T57th) and Tyler Norris (89th).
South Carolina-Aiken put together the best score of Tuesday’s final round to claim the team title at 7-over 871. Eastern Michigan’s Stuart Grehan took home the individual crown as he finished at 9-under 207.
K-State will have three and a half weeks off before closing out the fall season in the 2013 Pacific Invitational, October 31-November 2, at the Stockton Golf and Country Club in Stockton, Calif. The Wildcats will look to defend their event title as they finished atop the team leaderboard in with a 47-under par 817.
Firestone Country Club
Par 72/7,125 yards
Team Scores: 1. USC-Aiken, 295-294-282—871 (+7); 2. Washington State, 289-291-293—873 (+9); 3. Eastern Michigan, 298-291-286—875 (+11); 4. Kansas State, 294-294-289—877 (+13); 5. St. Mary’s, 292-304-283—879 (+15); 6. Akron, 302-288-290—880 (+16); 7. Miami (OH), 300-298-284 —882 (+18); T8. Davidson, 301-298-284—883 (+19); T8. Illinois State, 300-292-291—883 (+19); T10. College of Charleston, 308-296-283—887 (+23); T10. Nebraska, 307-293-287—887 (+23); 12. Old Dominion, 294-300-295—889 (+25); 13. Ohio, 305-299-290—894 (+30); 14. Georgetown, 299-298-299—896 (+32); 15. Samford, 306-299-292—897 (+33); T16. Francis Marion, 304-301-303—908 (+44); T16. Western Kentucky, 320-291-297—908 (+44).
Top Individuals: 1. Stuart Grehan, Eastern Michigan, 73-67-67—207 (-9); 2. Carr Vernon, Akron, 71-71-68—210 (-6); T3. Hayden Letien, USC-Aiken, 72-69-73—214 (-2); T3. Alex Carney, Kansas State, 72-72-70—214 (-2); T3. Matt Green, Kansas State, 71-69-74—214 (-2).
K-State Individuals: T32. Daniel Wood, 74-75-73—222 (+6); T57. Kyle Weldon, 77-78-72—227 (+11); 89. Tyler Norris, 85-81-77—243 (+27).