Wildcats Ready for NCAA Norman Regional – Kansas State University Athletics – K-StateSports.com

MANHATTAN, Kan.The Kansas State men’s golf team is ready to compete in its first NCAA regional since 2009, as the Wildcats travel to Norman, Oklahoma, for the 2022 NCAA Norman Regional, held Monday through Wednesday at the par-72, 7,452-yard Jimmie Austin Golf Club.


“We are excited to get going this week in Norman,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “The golf course is in fantastic shape and will provide a tremendous test. I think it’s a course that will fit us well.”


The Cats were selected to the regional as a No. 11 seed after completing one of the best regular seasons in school history.


K-State claimed six top-five finishes, which is tied for the fourth-most in a single season in school history. Through 10 stroke-play events, the Cats are on pace for the second-lowest stroke average in school history at 287.67.


They will be joined at the regional by No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 South Carolina, No. 5 Ole Miss, No. 6 Louisville, No. 7 Missouri, No. 8 San Diego State, No. 9 Utah, No. 10 Kent State, No. 12 UT Martin and No. 13 Rider. 


The top five schools will advance to the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Grayhawk Golf Club, May 27-June 1. 


Representing the Wildcats in the five-man scoring lineup are Tim Tillmanns, Will Hopkins, Laurenz Schiergen, Luke O’Neill and Nicklaus Mason. This familiar lineup, which has been utilized six times this season, will be faced with a challenging course.


“The course is very long and puts a premium on not only driving it well but you have to be very accurate on the approaches and be able to put the ball into small sections of the greens,” Robbins said.


Cooper Schultz, a redshirt freshman from Andover, Kansas, is also making the trip as an alternate. Schultz has been crucial to the Wildcats’ success this season, appearing in eight events.


Like they have all season, the Wildcats will lean on the leadership of veterans Tillmanns and Hopkins, who have been staples in the scoring lineup.


Hopkins, the lone senior, leads the team in rounds even or under par this season with 17, en route to five top-20 finishes. Tillmanns, who already has postseason experience after competing as an individual at last year’s Stillwater Regional, is coming off a junior campaign that saw him capture four top-10 finishes.


The X-factor for the Wildcats this spring has been the play of Schiergen, a freshman who joined the team at semester. He quickly adapted to collegiate golf and leads the team in stroke average at 72.33. That mark is on pace for the ninth-best in school history.


O’Neill is having a breakout sophomore season that was highlighted by a first place tie at the Colleton River Collegiate. The victory was the first individual championship by a Wildcat since 2019.

Mason is another young talent who has had a strong year. The freshman has competed in nine events, accumulating four top-20 finishes.


Based on the preparation the entire team has put forth, Robbins is confident that the guys are ready for this moment.


“The guys have done a good job of balancing finals this week and preparing for this event, and I know they are ready to get going,” Robbins said.


Play in Norman will commence on Monday with the first round, followed by Tuesday’s second round and Wednesday’s final round. 


Kansas State will have tee times beginning at 9:25 a.m. on Monday. Fans can follow live scoring throughout the event on Golfstat.com.