MANHATTAN, Kan. –The Kansas State men’s golf team resumes action Monday and Tuesday at the Mossy Oak Invitational in West Point, Mississippi, the first of two mid-April events before the playoffs begin.

“We’re looking forward to competing this weekend at Mississippi State,” the head coach said. Grant Robin mentioned. “With the way the schedule went down this spring, we had a little break between tournaments and I know the guys are excited to start again.”

K-State last competed nearly a month ago at the Louisiana Classics where the Cats finished in sixth place at 7-under 857.

It was another solid performance in a season that saw the Wildcats earn five top-five finishes through seven stroke play events and amass a 284.76 stroke average, which if the season ended today , would be the lowest grade in school history.

The next event, hosted by Mississippi State, will be held at the 7,212-yard, par-72 Mossy Oak Golf Club.

“Mossy Oak is a relatively new course that has quickly established itself as one of the best in the country,” Robbins said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and we’re really looking forward to playing it.”

Robbins encourages his players to be confident in their fundamentals as they take on this new challenge.



“As everywhere the key for us is to drive well and be smart in our approaches, from what I hear the green complexes can be tricky so it will be important to be in a good position from the start. and to be disciplined in picking our targets on the greens,” Robbins said. “I’m excited to see what we can do this week.”



Tim Tillmans, Will Hopkins, Luke O’Neill, Laurenz Schiergen and Nicklaus Mason represent the five in the scoring line-up. This is the third time Robbins has used this range combination.



Tillmanns, who qualified for the NCAA Stillwater Regional a year ago, knows the importance of a strong finish on the spring schedule. The Cologne, Germany product has been a roster leader throughout the season, racking up four top-10 finishes while leading the team in stroke average at 71.38.



Hopkins and O’Neill, two other members of the roster for the season, will be looking to make the most of this penultimate spring event.



Sophomore O’Neill, who burst onto the K-State scene last September when he tied for fourth at the Wildcat Invitational Tournament, took his game to another level in 2022 when he won the individual championship at Colleton River Collegiate. He recorded a career par 202 under-14 to become the first Wildcat since 2019 to win an individual championship.



Hopkins, the Cats’ senior leader, earned four top-20 finishes during the 2021-22 season and holds a 71.90 hit average.



Two freshmen, Mason and Schiergen were crucial in providing the depth needed for the five-man lineup.



Schiergen, who joined the Wildcats in the semester, is coming off the best result of his career when he finished tied for 17th at the Louisiana Classics. In his three career events, he averaged 71.78, which is good for second-best on the team.



Mason, making his sixth appearance in the scoring lineup, heads to Mississippi with additional experience gained a few weeks ago at “The Indy,” where he notched his first career top five.



With those five ready to go, K-State is hoping for another high finish in the massive 19-team field that includes ranked foes No. 18 Florida State, No. 28 LSU, No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 47 UAB on along with Arkansas State, Auburn, Chattanooga, Lipscomb, Louisiana, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, No. 19 Ole Miss, South Alabama, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt.



The event kicks off Monday at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start in rounds one and two. Play ends Tuesday with tee times to begin the final round. Fans can follow live scores on golfstat.com.