K-State in ninth place after two bogey-filled rounds at Big 12 Championship


Rough can be defined by many things, like the surface of an object or the area on a golf course.

Rough can also be defined as K-State men’s golf’s first two rounds at the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Wildcats managed just nine birdies and finished Monday in ninth place with a score of 44-over par 604. Texas was an early lead in the competition with a 16-stroke lead over Iowa State, shooting a seven-over par 567. In individual scoring, Texas holds the top-two spots with Gavin Hall leading the way with a score of four-under par 136.

In the first round, K-State fought for their four birdies in a bogey-filled round. Although sophomore Matt Green knocked down two birdies in the morning session, he struggled to finish under par for the round with a two-over par 72 round one.

Green’s second round was less successful. The sophomore managed just one birdie while shooting five bogies, including a double bogey on the eighth hole to finish the first day of the tournament with an eight-over par 148 but still in a tie for 15th place.

No other Wildcat finished in the top 30. Sophomore Connor Knabe managed to reach the top 35 with a score of 12-over par 152. Redshirt sophomore Hank Simpson and sophomore Seth Smith each carded a 15-over par 155 to tie for 40th place. Freshman Trent Evans rounded out the group one shot back from Simpson and Smith with a 16-over par 157 for 42nd place.

Day two of the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship will kick off today at 8 a.m. at the Southern Hills Country Club. The Wildcats will be paired once again with in-state rival Kansas and Baylor.