Big 12 Campus Correspondent
It is hard to label someone as the best in school history. It puts pressure on a person and there is so much that comes with it. But when the performances and statistics back up the statement it is hard not to label Mitchell Gregson, who with a spring season yet to play is on pace to break nearly every record at K-State, the best in school history.
In 2008 Gregson became the first Wildcat to win two individual championships in a single season since Aaron Watkins completed the task in 2001. One of those championships came at the Santa Clara Invitational where Gregson had the tournament of a lifetime. In that one event, the Waterloo, Ill. native carded the third lowest 18-hole score of 64 and the second lowest 54-hole score of 201 in school history.
“It is really cool to be in the company of someone like Aaron Watkins who is doing really well on tour,” said Gregson.
Coach Tim Norris said after Gregson’s career weekend that he still saw the best to come from Mitch, and he was right. The senior owns the best career stroke average for a Wildcat golfer thus far with 73.08 and is a two-time PING All-Central Region Team selection.
Gregson sits fourth all-time in tournaments played with 46, six behind top spot and former Wildcat Robert Streb’s 52. With six remaining events on the schedule, Gregson will look to tie Streb’s mark. For the senior it has become routine to play three rounds in a weekend – a practice that requires discipline for a college golfer.
“Most sports are just three or four hours long but ours is three or four times that amount,” said Gregson. “I have to make sure that I am physically and mentally prepared each round.”
Gregson is also on Streb’s heals in rounds played with 134 just 18 behind Streb, who graduated a year ago, still passes on helpful lessons to his predecessor.
“Robert has had a lot more experiences playing golf than me so I have learned a lot of good things from him. He has been a real asset to my golf game,” said Gregson.
Competing at a high level is nothing new for Gregson. The Waterloo High School alum lettered four years in baseball and basketball and was voted as the basketball team’s MVP during the 2004-05 season. He tries to carry that competitiveness to the golf course, where some may think competitiveness does not exist.
“I have a real competitive background. Just because we are not running around and sweating does not mean we are not competitive,” said Gregson.
To be at Gregson’s level, competitiveness can only get you so far. There has to become a part of your game that you can rely on and become comfortable with. Over his four years he has found that, Gregson is hitting 70% of his greens this season, but he owes a lot of that to his improved driver.
“I would have to say my accuracy off the tee is my most comfortable part of my game,” said Gregson. “When if first came to school my drives were pretty crooked but over the last few years it has become a lot straighter.”
If Gregson continues his pace that he will own every statistical record in K-State history but he still has one thing on his mind that he would like to accomplish.
“Jim Colbert still has that NCAA runner up so it would be nice to do something like that,” Gregson explained.