Men’s golf ties for eighth at Mossy Oak

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(Archive photo by John Benfer | Collegian Media Group)

No. 24 Kansas State men’s golf finished in a tie for eighth place at the Mossy Oak Collegiate. The field of 18 teams included nine ranked teams, with each placing in the top 10. 

“I thought the guys really grinded this week,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “Obviously this was the strongest field we have played in all year.”

Early on, the senior duo of Will Hopkins and Tim Tillmanns led the Wildcats through Monday’s action, although the second round was suspended on Monday and picked up on Tuesday morning before the final round. 

Hopkins finished in a tie for 21st at 6-under par. The senior from Lincolnshire, England, has finished even or under par in seven of eight events this season. Tillmanns tied for 32nd at 4-under par and joined Hopkins in finishing even or under par seven times in eight starts. 

Backed by a strong performance on Tuesday, sophomore Cooper Schultz jumped 15 spots on the leaderboard and tied for 27th at 5-under par. 

The scoring lineup was rounded out by sophomore Nicklaus Mason who tied for 55th at 1-over par and junior Luke O’Neill in 72nd place at 4-over par.

“This was a good test for us as we get ready for the postseason and to see the areas we need to get better in,” Robbins said. “Overall, I’m pleased with where we are, but we need to keep improving.”

The Wildcats will finish regular season play at Tiger Collegiate Invitational on April 10 and 11 in Columbia, Missouri. The Big 12 Championship will follow April 24-26 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson.