Smith, Green guide Wildcats to top-five finish

Sophomore Seth Smith hits what he hopes is his final stroke on the 18th hole of Colbert Hills golf course during practice Sep 12. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

K-State men’s golf wrapped up final round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, the first tournament of the spring season, Sunday in Palm Desert, California with a fourth-place finish led by sophomores Seth Smith and Matt Green.

Smith finished the weekend 3-under par to help K-State remain near the top of the leaderboard for most of the event. Smith sustained his solid weekend shooting 1-under in Sunday’s final round.

Following two bogies on the front nine, Smith shot par on the remaining holes, highlighted by a birdie on the 16th hole to move to under par on the day.

Green was up and down on the scorecard for K-State, but he did just enough to grab an eighth place finish individually. The freshman finished with just one birdie to go along with two bogies, but par shooting kept him within the top 10.

One of Sunday’s highlights was the play of sophomore Connor Knabe, who knocked down four birdies on the afternoon. Four bogies on the day in the first 10 holes kept him from rising higher on the leaderboard.

However, perhaps the most entertaining finish in the final round belonged to sophomore Hank Simpson who birdied three out of the last five holes to break even for the tournament.

Elsewhere in the tournament, TCU defeated Texas Tech by one stroke to win the team crown while Texas Tech senior Clement Sordet captured the individual title with an 11-under-par finish.

K-State will return to action March 2-3 in Lafayette, Louisiana at the Louisiana Classic.