Men’s golf finishes fourth behind strong showings

Luke O'Neill swings during the first round of the Big 12 Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club on April 26, 2021. (Archive photo by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

The Hawkeye Invitational wrapped up on Sunday with Kansas State men’s golf finishing in fourth behind top-ten finishes from senior Will Hopkins and freshman Laurenz Schiergen.

The Wildcats shot three-over-par 291 in the final round, moving up one spot on the leaderboard.

Schiergen shot a one-under par-71 third round to jump into the top-ten. This is the second straight match where he has accomplished this feat.

Hopkins put up one of the strongest performances of his senior season. He shot a one-under par-71 final round and tied for eighth in the invitational.

“I’m proud of how the guys hung in there today,” head coach Grant Robbins said to K-State Sports. “Laurie and Will both were solid all weekend.”

Sophomore Luke O’Neill also shot a one-under par-71 final round, helping him jump up 14 spots into a tie for 27th place.

“Luke had a nice bounce-back today,” Robbins said.

In the end, it wasn’t enough to top in-state rival Kansas — the 28th ranked team in the nation — as the Jayhawks secured the victory in the invitational. Kansas shot 12-under as a team.

“We had a high count today,” Robbins said. “It definitely wasn’t our best tournament, but the fight was there.”

Junior Tim Tillmanns finished 11-over and freshman Nicklaus Mason tallied a six-over. Redshirt freshman Cooper Schultz finished in a tie for 62nd place with a 14-over as he competed for himself this weekend.

“This [tournament] is something we can learn from and get better at going forward,” Robbins said.

The conclusion of the tournament marks the end of the regular season. K-State will start Big 12 Championship play on Monday, April 25.