K-State begins play in North Carolina at Gary Koch Invitational


Coming off a 12th-place finish at the Duck Invitational on March 24, the K-State men’s golf team travels to the mid-atlantic for the Gary Koch Invitational in Gastonia, North Carolina, with play beginning this morning.

The field, filled mostly with southeastern schools, will feature 16 teams, co-hosted by Kentucky and Auburn.

“This will be a good tournament for us,” K-State head coach Grant Robbins told K-State Sports. “It is a very good golf course and we will be competing against another strong field. We have had a good week of practice, and I know the guys are ready and eager to compete.”

In their last outing, the Wildcats were led by freshman Trent Evans and sophomore Seth Smith, who will tee off together at 8 a.m. Evans had his best outing of the season at the Duck Invitational, finishing in 28th place shooting seven-over par. Smith also finished in the top 40 with a 33rd-place finish.

K-State will hope to see more impressive trends continue at the Gary Koch Invitational. In three of their last five tournaments, the Wildcats have had at least one golfer finish near the top of the individual leaderboard.

The first 36 holes of the tournament will be played today, with the final 18 holes set to tee off on Tuesday.