Wildcats finish ninth in men’s Big 12 Golf Tournament

Will Hopkins places the ball 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 Kansas State men’s golf team placed ninth with a 46-over par at the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday, April 27.

Leading the team with the best score was freshman Nicklaus Mason. Mason finished round three 4-over par, ending the entire tournament at 8-over par 224. The score placed Mason in a tie for 25th place, his fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Second on the team in score was senior Will Hopkins. Hopkins finished tied for 33rd place at 11-over par 227. Hopkins’ round one was his best round of the tournament at 1-under par 71.

Freshman Laurenz Schiergen continues with the best stroke average on the team as Big 12 play comes to an end. Schiergen tied for 40th place at 14-over par 230 for the tournament.

Junior Tim Tillmanns finished the tournament at 17-over par 233, tied for 42nd place. Right behind him was sophomore Luke O’Neill, placing 43rd and shooting 18-over par.

“This is still a very young group, and they have a chance to be special,” head coach Grant Robbins said to K-State Athletics. “Sometimes you have to experience disappointments like this in order to build that toughness needed to compete at the highest level. The guys will learn from this. Hopefully it motivates them to get better this summer so we can take that next step.”

Now finished with the regular season and Big 12 play, the Wildcats hope to be selected for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Show at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, on the Golf Channel.