Wildcats finish opening day of Tiger Invitational with momentum

Sophomore Seth Smith lines up his putt with the topography of the green of the fourteenth hole of Colbert Hills golf course during practice Sep 12. (Parker Robb | The Collegian)

The K-State men’s golf team finished tied for third place after the first day of the Tiger Invitational on the Grand National Lake Golf Course in Opelika, Alabama, with a 7-over par 295 score.

“I thought we did a really good job hanging in there today,” K-State head coach Grant Robbins said to K-State Sports following the first round. “We made some mistakes, but every one of our guys bounced back after a bad hole and stayed committed to the process.”

Bounce back they did. K-State had two golfers finish the first day in the top 10, with sophomore Seth Smith and redshirt sophomore Matt Green tying for fifth- and seventh-place, respectively.

Smith finished with four birdies and four bogies to finish with a 1-under par 71. With three bogies and a costly double bogie to start the day, Green finished the day with five-birdies to finish at an even-par 72 heading into the second day.

The team still has two days of the tournament to look forward to, as day two kicks off today at 9:15 a.m. in Alabama.