No. 21 K-State places third at Magnolia Grove

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)

No. 21 Kansas State men’s golf placed third at the Hal Williams Collegiate with a score of 13-under par. Senior Will Hopkins led the way with an individual sixth-place finish at 7-under par. 

“The guys played really well today,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “Will had a great tournament. … Tee to green, he was solid all week. He showed a lot of maturity throughout the entire tournament.”

The Wildcats have placed top five in six consecutive regular-season stroke play events. This includes the historic fall season in which they won three championships. 

“I just think there was a little bit of rust for us coming out of the winter, especially around the greens,” Robbins said. “I’m really pleased with how we got better with each round. It’s definitely something to build upon.”

Outside of Hopkins, who recorded his ninth career top-10 finish, Senior Tim Tillmanns rose eight spots on the final day to tie for 22nd place at 1-under. Just following at 25th place was junior Luke O’Neill with an even-par performance. 

Sophomores Laurenz Schiergen and Cooper Schultz rounded out the scoring lineup, both tying for 34th place at 2-over par. 

In ownership of the team title was No. 5 Illinois who dominated at 36-under par —13 strokes ahead of second-place Arkansas. 

The Wildcats have a couple of weeks off before taking their talents to the Colleton River Collegiate in Bluffton, South Carolina, on March 6 and 7.