Gandon, Massimino and Eklund compete at NCAA Regional

Then-freshman Jeremy Gandon tees off of hole 8 at Colbert Hills Golf Course during a team practice on Oct. 1, 2015. (Archive Photo by Evert Nelson | Collegian Media Group)

Despite that the Kansas State men’s golf team missed the team competition in the NCAA Regionals, they still sent three team members as individuals to the Athens, Georgia regional tournament.

The regional was hosted by Georgia at the par-71, 7,253-yard University of Georgia Golf Course Monday through Wednesday.

The three Wildcat representatives were seniors Jeremy Gandon and Roland Massimino and junior Jacob Eklund.

Gandon and Eklund tied for 36th in the tournament. They each finished 8 over-par at 221 strokes for the three-round tournament.

Gandon’s best round of the tournament was his second where he finished even par. His first round score was a 76, and he finished with a 74.

Eklund shot a 74 in the first round, a 1-over 72 in the second and a 75 in the last to finish in the tie.

“The guys got off to slow starts again today and really couldn’t get anything going,” head coach Grant Robbins said to K-State Sports. “The hole locations were again very difficult, and if you aren’t precise with your irons, it’s very difficult to score.”

Massimino put together a 73 in the third round to jump three spots to a tie for 46th at 11 over-par, 224, for the tournament.

In the team competition, Georgia won the tournament at 8-under par as a team. They beat out top-10 Duke and Vanderbilt.

The Wildcats’ season ended in Athens, and Gondon and Massimino’s careers at K-State are over. Eklund has one more year at K-State.

Hi! I'm Nathan Enserro, an alumnus from Olathe, Kansas. I graduated in spring 2022 with a Masters in Mass Communication, and I graduated in spring 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in strategic communications from K-State. I covered K-State sports for the Collegian for four years.