Brad Hopfinger Leads Jayhawks During Round One at Hawaii-Hilo Invitational

Feb. 6, 2008


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Brad Hopfinger shot a career-best round of 66 to lead the Kansas men’s golf team during the first round of play at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational in Kona, Hawaii. The Jayhawks shot a team score of 285 at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course and are in 14th place after round one.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Hopfinger, a freshman from Lake Forest, Ill., shot a pair of 33’s on both nines and trails leader Stephen Gross of Arizona State by just two strokes. Hopfinger’s previous career-best was 70, which he shot twice (Windon Memorial Classic and Landfall Tradition).

Junior Walt Koelbel continued his steady play from the fall season by firing an even-par first round score of 70. Koelbel is currently tied for 29th place.

Sophomore Bobby Knowles shot his best round of the year with an opening-round 73 and is currently tied for 65th place. Freshman Nate Barbee carded a 76 and is tied for 87th place. Junior Zach Pederson shot a first-round 81 and is in 95th place.

Arizona State and fellow Big 12 member Texas Tech are tied atop the team leaderboard with 271 strokes. Oklahoma, the lone other Big 12 member in the event, is currently in 7th place with 277 strokes.

The second round will be conducted tomorrow beginning at 7:00 HST. Check back to for a recap and complete results.

Team Leaderboard

T1. Arizona State 271

T1. Texas Tech 271

3. Oregon State 273

4. Southern California 274

T5. Stanford 275

T5. Georgia Tech 275

14. Kansas 285

Player Leaderboard

1. Stephen Gross, Arizona St. 64

T2. Rob Grube, Stanford 65

T2. Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech 65

T4. Brad Hopfinger, Kansas 66

T4. Jamie Lovemark, Southern California 66

T4. Santiago Rivas, Texas Tech 66

T4. Chris Ward, Texas Tech 66

T29. Walt Koelbel, Kansas 70

T65. Bobby Knowles, Kansas 73

T87. Nate Barbee, Kansas 76

95. Zach Pederson, Kansas 81