“We can’t wait to play against Old Town this week,” said the head coach Grant Robin. “It’s a fantastic golf course that ranks among the best in the country. If you can drive it well you should be able to have plenty of birdie opportunities. You have to be pretty precise on the greens and keep the ball under the hole as much as possible.”
K-State is hoping to build on the momentum it created in the season opener as the Wildcats shot a sensational 27 under par 837 to claim victory on their home course in Colbert Hills.
This week, Robbins will send Cooper Schultz, Will Hopkins, Nicklaus Mason, Laurenz Schiergenand Tim Tillmans like the Wildcats’ five scorers.
Schultz, who just won his individual championship at the Wildcat Invitational, is the highlight of the roster. It was the first career title for the redshirt second and, coincidentally, his best result since Schultz tied for seventh at Old Town Collegiate last season.
Tillmanns and Hopkins represent veteran roster leadership for K-State as the two combine for 54 career appearances.
The two started the season well in the Wildcat Invitational with Hopkins finishing a shot ahead in second place and Tillmanns finishing tied for sixth.
Tillmanns’ play earned him a roster spot after appearing as an individual in the first game.
It was a stellar performance for second Mason, who recorded a career-low 54-hole score to finish in third place at 9 under par 207. He will also make his debut after playing at the Wildcat Invitational as a individual.
Schiergen once again gets the nod after finishing in a tie for 13th at 1 on the par 217. The sophomore has appeared in the lineup of every event throughout his young career.
Old Town Collegiate will present an increased challenge, but a trio of Wildcats — Schultz, Hopkins and Tillmanns — will bring the experience of their sixth-place finish last season to Winston-Salem.
“We had some good rounds there last year, and I know the guys are excited to be playing there and ready to get back into competition,” Robbins said.
Charleston, Cincinnati, Davidson, Florida Gulf Coast, Furman, Georgia Southern, Penn State, Rutgers and Southern Miss.
Play will begin on both days with a tee shot at 6:30 a.m. (CT), with the first two rounds scheduled for Monday and the final round Tuesday.
Fans can follow live scores throughout the event on Golfstat.com.