Men’s golf wraps up 2014 schedule in Overland Park

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Sophomore Seth Smith follows his shot from the fairway of the fourteenth hole of Colbert Hills golf course as fellow sophomore Connor Knabe looks on during practice Sep 12. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

Today’s start of the Bill Ross Intercollegiate in Overland Park, Kansas marks the last tournament of the year for the K-State men’s golf team.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is hosting the tournament at the Milburn Country Club, with first tee at 8:30 a.m. The participating schools will play 36 holes, while finishing the tournament with 18-hole round at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Head coach Grant Robbins’ scoring lineup will consist of the same five players it has all season. The group is led by four sophomores – Seth Smith, Matt Green, Hank Simpson and Connor Knabe.

“We are looking forward to playing at Milburn this week,” Robbins said in K-State Sports’ weekend press release. “It’s a great golf course and one that many of our players are familiar with.”

Smith and Green have both found individual success this season. Green won the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Sept. 29, while Smith tied for third earlier this month.

Freshman Trent Evans, who is also playing, will look to bounce back after finishing 14-over par in the team’s last tournament.

The Wildcats will not compete against a current member of the Big 12, but will see a familiar face at the course in Nebraska. The former conference foe is the only Power Five conference team joining K-State in the tournament.

K-State is the third-highest ranked team in the tournament at No. 125, according to Golfweek’s rankings. This behind Denver, who is No. 57, as well as No. 103 UMKC.

When the tournament is over, the team won’t see competition again until February.

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