Wildcats struggle in opening day of Louisiana Classics

Redshirt sophomore Matt Green places his ball back on his marker and lines up his putt on the fourteenth hole of Colbert Hills golf course during practice Sept. 12, 2014. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

After two rounds at the 30th Annual Louisiana Classics, the K-State men’s golf team finds themselves at the bottom of the 14-team field. The Wildcats closed out the 36-hole stretch Monday, shooting a combined 19-over par 595.

K-State trails the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Illinois (minus-19), by 38 strokes for first place.

K-State opened the first round with an 11-over par 300 before improving in round two to shoot an eight-over par 295.

After a slow start to the tournament, carding a first-round 76 score, redshirt sophomore Matt Green made a huge improvement in the second round by shooting five-under par 67.

Green’s second round resurgence positioned him 12th on the individual leaderboard after jumping 45 spots after round one. He trails Middle Tennessee State’s Payne Denman by six strokes heading into Tuesday’s final round.

The next best golfers for K-State were sophomore Seth Smith and freshman Trent Evans, who each sit tied for 48th at five-over par.

Evans slid 23 spots down to 48th with a lackluster second round, sinking five-bogies to shoot four-over par.

After shooting a four-over par first round, Smith improved in the second round with a one-over par 73.

K-State will continue play at the 30th Annual Louisiana Classics today with the third and final round beginning at 7:30 a.m today.