WEST POINT, Miss. – Following a two-hour delay to start off the morning, the Kansas State men’s golf team carded a 1-over par 289 to sit in eighth place following round one of the Old Waverly Collegiate on Friday, held at the par-72, 7,088-yard Old Waverly Golf Club.
K-State is one shot ahead of No. 20 Texas Tech, four strokes in front of No. 22 Arkansas and eight strokes better than No. 24 Alabama on the leaderboard.
Sophomore Tim Tillmanns, the 51st-ranked player in the country according to Golfstat, continued his impressive stretch of play. The Cologne, Germany product used three birdies in his final five holes to finish the day at 2-under par 70, and he is in a tie for eighth following day one.
“It was a solid round for us today,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “The conditions were favorable for scoring, however the hole locations were tucked, which made it very difficult to get many close birdie opportunities. I thought we did a great job being disciplined in our approach shots and avoiding the short side misses. We just need to stay committed to the game plan. If we can get a few more putts to fall, we will be in good shape the rest of the way.”
The trio of junior Will Hopkins, sophomore Riccardo Leo and freshman Luke O’Neill all tallied a 1-over par 73 and are tied for 33rd. Senior George Clarke is in a tie for 80th after shooting 8-over par 80.
No. 25 LSU leads the field thanks to a 7-under par 281 during round one, two strokes ahead of a tie for second place. Mississippi State’s Ford Clegg sits atop the individual leaderboard following his 5-under par 67 opening round.
Round two of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship will tee off at 8 a.m. from holes 1 and 10, and live scoring can be followed at www.golfstat.com.