Jayhawks Enter Final Round at Hawaii-Hilo Invitational Tied for 14th Place

Feb. 5, 2009

MAUNA LANI, Hawaii –

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The Kansas men’s golf team faced windy conditions at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational during round two and shot a 314 as a team, leading to a tied for 14th place finish entering the final round of play.

Senior Walt Koelbel shot the low round of the day for the Jayhawks with a second-round 75 and is tied for 62nd place entering day three.

“It has been pretty rough for us coming out of the winter and playing on a tough course in windy conditions,” said head coach Kit Grove. “We are still a rather youthful team that I think at times lets one bad hole linger for several holes and we just need to get mentally tougher.”

Freshman Blake Giroux followed up his opening-round 70 with a second day 88 and is tied for 75th after two rounds of play. Sophomore Nate Barbee carded an 80 and is also tied for 75th place.

Freshman Ian Anson improved on his score by five strokes from day one to shoot a 78 and is tied for 83rd place. Senior Andrew Storm shot his second-consecutive 83 and is tied for 90th place.

Southern California overtook Washington for the team lead with a second round 284 and enters the final round leading Washington by four strokes. Richard Lee of Washington is the leading individual with a two-round score of 138.

The final round of play will begin with a 7:30 HST shotgun start. Check back to kuathletics.com for a complete recap and results of the final round of the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational.

Team Leaderboard

1. Southern California (285-284—569)

2. Washington (281-292—573)

3. Colorado (295-289—584)

T4. Texas Tech (291-294—585)

T4. Stanford (294-291—585)

T14. Kansas (309-314—623)

Player Leaderboard

1. Richard Lee, Washington (68-70—138)

T2. Nick Taylor, Washington (69-71—140)

T2. Garrett Merrill, Texas Tech (70-70—140)

4. Chris Killmer, Washington (71-70—141)

T62. Walt Koelbel, Kansas (80-75—155)

T75. Blake Giroux, Kansas (70—88—158)

T75. Nate Barbee, Kansas (78-80—158)

T83. Ian Anson, Kansas (83-78—161)

T90. Andrew Storm, Kansas (81-81—162)