Wildcats finish in 13th place at Louisiana Classics

Redshirt sophomore Matt Green chips onto the green of hole 14 of Colbert Hills golf course during practice Sep 12, 2014. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

In what head coach Grant Robbins called a disappointing two-day tournament, K-State men’s golf jumped one spot to a 13th place finish in the 30th Annual Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Out of the 14-team field, the Wildcats trailed the next-best team by three strokes, shooting a 26-over par 890. The tournament victor, No. 1 Illinois, was a combined 45 strokes better than the Wildcats at 19-under par 845.

After shooting a dominant five-under par 67 in the second round to sit in 12th place, red shirt sophomore Matt Green shot a 1-over par 73 in the third and final round on Tuesday. Despite shooting over par, Green moved up into 10th place, securing the best performance of the tournament by a K-State golfer.

“It was a disappointing week, but I saw some good things today,” Robbins said to K-State Sports. “Matt (Green) and Seth (Smith) really played well and overall I thought we were much more focused and committed to the process than we were yesterday.”

Sophomore Seth Smith finished the tournament Tuesday with his best round of the weekend with a two-under par 70. His efforts helped him jump 31 spots to move into 17th place.

The only other Wildcat to secure a top-50 performance was freshman Trent Evans. Evans managed to finish tied for 50th place after shooting two-straight four-over par 76’s. His best round came on Monday in the first round with a one-over par 73.

“We have a young team and we are going to experience some ups and downs, so we just have to learn from this and get better,” Robbins said.

K-State will now turn their attention to the three-day Tiger Intercollegiate in Opelika, Alabama starting on Sunday.