K-State Two Strokes Off Lead After Day One

CORVALLIS, Ore. The Kansas State men’s golf team is in great position at the Oregon State Invitational, as the Wildcats are in second place at 2-under par following day one at the par-71, 7,384-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club on Monday.

K-State began the event by carding a 1-over par 285 first round. Play was suspended before the completion of the second round due to darkness, but the Wildcats are currently 3-under par with 3-4 holes remaining in that round. Those holes will be completed Tuesday morning.

“It was a pretty solid day for us overall,” said the head coach Grant Robbins. “The greens are firm and the pins are tucked, so it’s pretty difficult to get a lot of birdie looks close to the hole. I like the spot we are at.”

It will be a battle for the team title as the Cats find themselves two strokes behind the leader in Washington State. K-State, which came into the event with back-to-back championships, is in the running to make school history and win its third straight title.

There are three Wildcats in the top-10, highlighted by Nicklaus Masonwho is tied for second place at 3-under par.

Mason shot a 1-under par 70 opening round and is now 2-under in the second round. That puts him a stroke behind Javier Barcos of Utah for the lead and in position to compete for his first career individual championship.

His play to this point is a continuation of what has been a terrific start to the season for the sophomore from Shawnee, Kansas.

Joining Mason in the top five is Laurenz Schiergen in a tie for fourth place at 2-under par. He shot a 1-under par 70 first round and is also 1-under par so far through his second round.

Mason and Schiergen each have eight birdies.

Will Hopkins registered a 1-over par 72 first round, but he is 1-under par through 15 holes in the second round and has made an 11-spot rise into a tie for ninth place.

Tim Tillmans is 3-over par and tied for 29th place after a 1-over par 73 first round and a 2-over par performance so far in the second round.

Cooper Schultz shot a 4-over par 75 opening round and is 2-over par following 15 second-round holes. That places him in 51st at 6-over par.

Luke O’Neill, who’s competing this week as an individual, had a nice day and is tied for 16th place at 1-over par. He shot an even-par 71 in the first round and is currently 1-over par in the second.

Kansas State has been in this spot before, and the Wildcats will need to come up clutch once again if they want to come away with another victory.

“The key here is to be disciplined and play to the appropriate spots and let the birdie opportunities come to us,” Robbins said. “If you try to force anything here, you can make bogeys pretty quickly.”

Play will resume Tuesday morning at 8:15 am to conclude the second round. Directly after those remaining holes are completed, the final round will begin via a shotgun start. Fans can follow live scoring on Golfstat.com.