AKRON, Ohio – The Kansas State men’s golf team turned in a 12-over 588 over the first two rounds of the 2013 Firestone Invitational at the par-72, 7,125-yard Firestone Country Club on Monday. The Wildcats will enter Tuesday’s final round of play in second place, trailing Washington State by eight shots.
“We are in pretty good shape going into tomorrow’s final round,” said head coach Tim Norris. “Our guys played pretty well today, but we have got to finish off the tournament, so tomorrow will be a big day for us.
“We will try to get some confidence and get this fall season jump-started because we have played good golf in stretches in every tournament we have been in, but we need to finish it off tomorrow. I think we have a good chance of doing that if we just stay patient.”
Matt Green paced K-State on Monday as he recorded a 4-under 140 to head into the final day of play in a tie for the individual lead. Green’s first-round 1-under 71 was highlighted by hole-in-one on the 11th hole. He then followed that up with a second-round 3-under 69 to end the first day tied with Eastern Michigan’s Stuart Grehan.
Coming off the best finish of his collegiate career in last week’s Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, Alex Carney continued his success as he ended the day in a tie for eighth place with a pair of even-par 72s.
Daniel Wood turned in a 5-over 149 and is currently tied for 28th place. Kyle Weldon and Tyler Norris rounded out the first-day scoring lineup for the Wildcats as the duo is tied for 68th place and 89th place, respectively.
Live scoring from the third round of the 2013 Firestone Invitational can be found at golfstat.com, while final results from Akron will be available at kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available.
Firestone Country Club
Par 72/7,125 yards
Team Scores: 1. Washington State, 269-269—580 (-8); 2. Kansas State, 294-294—588 (+12); T3. Eastern Michigan, 298-291—589 (+13); T3. USC-Aiken, 295-294—589 (+13); 5. Akron, 302-288—590 (+14); 6. Illinois State, 300-292—592 (+16); 7. Old Dominion, 294-300—(+18); 8. St. Mary’s, 292-304—596 (+20); 9. Georgetown, 299-298—597 (+21); 10. Miami (OH), 300-298—598 (+22); 11. Davidson, 301-298—599 (+23); 12. Nebraska, 307-293—600 (+24); T13. College of Charleston, 308-296—604 (+28); T13. Ohio, 305-299—604 (+28); T15. Francis Marion, 304-301—605 (+29); T15. Samford, 306-299—605 (+29); 17. Western Kentucky, 320-291—611 (+35).
Top Individuals: T1. Matt Green, Kansas State, 71-69—140 (-4); T1. Stuart Grehan, Eastern Michigan, 73-67—140 (-4); 3. Hayden Letien, USC-Aiken, 72-69—141 (-3); T4. Carr Vernon, Akron, 71-71—142 (-2); T4. Bhurinat Songpaiboon, Washington State, 73-69—142 (-2).
K-State Individuals: T8. Alex Carney, 72-72—144 (E); T28. Daniel Wood, 74-75—149 (+5); T68. Kyle Weldon, 77-78—155 (+11); 89. Tyler Norris, 85-81—166 (+22).