COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Kansas State men’s golf team made a 13-stroke improvement from round one to round two on Monday to sit in fifth place in the 2013 Columbia Regional Preview at the par-72, 7,221-yard Club at Old Hawthorne.
After carding a 9-over par 297 during the first round, the Wildcats were able to bounce back to record a second-round score of 4-under par 284. The 13-shot improvement during the afternoon round was the second-largest among the 11-team field.
“This morning was not going great but then Alex (Carney) birdied three holes in a row at the end of his round, and then Kyle (Weldon) made a couple of birdies, and that got us out of the cellar,” head coach Tim Norris said. “I was proud of our guys, and I hope we can keep this momentum going into tomorrow.”
Weldon is currently in third place as he turned in a 4-under par 140 on Monday – including a second-round score of 3-under par 69 – to lead the Wildcats. Carney joins Weldon in the top 15 entering the final round as he is tied for 15th place after he fired a pair of even-par 72s.
After carding a 4-over par 76 in the first round, senior David Klaudt was able to recover with a second-round score of 3-under par 69. Heading into Tuesday’s final round, Klaudt is tied for 20th. Playing as an individual, Tyler Norris shot 2-over par 74 in both rounds to sit in a tie for 29th.
Rounding out the K-State scoring lineup is senior Daniel Wood and freshman Seth Smith, who are tied for 47th and tied for 59th, respectively. Wood tallied a 10-over par 152 Monday while Smith notched a 15-over par 157.
Host school Missouri sits atop the team leaderboard at 14-under par 562. The Tigers were paced by individual leader Emilio Cuartero, who fired a 9-under par 135, and Euan Walker, who is in second place at 5-under par 139.
Live scoring of the final round from the Columbia Regional Preview can be found at golfstat.com, while results from the final round will be available at kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available.
Columbia Regional Preview
The Club at Old Hawthorne
Par 2/7,221 yards
Team Scores: 1. Missouri, 290-272–562 (-14); 2. Austin Peay State, 290-280–570 (-6); 3. Iowa State, 292-285–577 (+1); 4. San Francisco, 293-286–579 (+3); 5. Kansas State, 297-284–581 (+5); 6. Tulsa, 298-287–585 (+9); 7. Mississippi, 295-291–586 (+10); 8. Memphis, 293-294–587 (+11); 9. South Alabama, 297-293–590 (+14); T10. Nebraska, 292-304–596 (+20); T10. Louisiana, 297-299–596 (+20).
Top Individuals: 1. Emilio Cuartero, Missouri, 68-67–135 (-9); 2. Euan Walker, Missouri, 73-66–139 (-5); 3. Kyle Weldon, Kansas State, 71-69–140 (-4); T4. Four tied at, 141 (-3).
Other K-State Individuals: T15. Alex Carney, 72-72–144 (E); T20. David Klaudt, 76-69–145 (+1); T29. Tyler Norris, 74-74–148 (+4)*, T47. Daniel Wood, 78-74–152 (+8); T59. Seth Smith, 78-79–157 (+13).