NORMAN, Okla.The Kansas State men’s golf team’s 2021-22 campaign ended Wednesday as the Wildcats finished in ninth place at the 2022 NCAA Norman Regional, held at Jimmie Austin Golf Club of 7,452 yards.

The Cats were unable to move up the rankings and missed the five-team cut for the national championship, finishing 18-by-882 after a 4-by-292 third round.

“I’m proud of the guys and the way they competed. Unfortunately we couldn’t really do anything today,” said the head coach. Grant Robin mentioned. “We knew we had to go really low. When you start slow it can be a little deflating.

“I’m proud, though, of how they kept grinding through the round,” Robbins said. “Overall it was a great experience for us.”

Tim Tillmans was the leader for K-State this week, finishing tied for 14th at 2-under 214 after carding a final round of 1 over par 73. The junior’s performance was highlighted by a second round of 5 under par 67, which was the lowest run by a Wildcat in its NCAA playoff history.

His 14th-place finish is the highest by a Wildcat in an NCAA region since Robert Streb finished 12th in the NCAA Central Region in 2006.

Nicklaus Mason notched his best round of the tournament on Wednesday with par par 72, putting him in a tie for 32nd at 4-over by 220. Close behind him was Will Hopkinswho finished tied for 40th at 6 on the par 222. The senior recorded a third round 2 on the par 74 to close out his performance.

Laurenz Schiergen continued to improve throughout the week, shooting a final round of 1 on par 73 to jump six places and tie for 56th at 10 on par 226. Luke O’Neill tied for 63rd at 12 on par 228, but also saw his best score of the week, recording a third round 2 on par 74.

Oklahoma, the nation’s top-ranked team, ran away with the regional at 26-under 838, while Ole Miss’ Jackson Suber led the individual rankings at 11-under 205.

Finishing in the top five with the Sooners, Auburn, Texas, Ole Miss and Utah will all qualify for the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s National Golf Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., at Grayhawk Golf Club, May 27 through June 1st. Evans Lewis moved on to Nationals as the top individual not on a progressing team as he tied for fifth at 6-under 210, including a 3-under final round 69.

The Wildcats now enter the offseason after one of the best years in school history, which included six top-five finishes and the second-best hitting average in school history at 288. 24.

“It’s rewarding to make it to the NCAA, but then again, there’s a thirst for more,” Robbins said. “We’re really young, and with everyone coming back next year, it’s something we can definitely build on. Everyone has to work hard over the summer and keep improving. I hope that we will have more opportunities in the future.”