Nate Barbee and Zach Pederson Shine in Round Two at Hawaii-Hilo Invitational

Feb. 7, 2008


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Behind the strong efforts of Nate Barbee and Zach Pederson, the Kansas men’s golf team was able to improve on its first-round team total by three strokes in the second round at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational in Kona, Hawaii. Nate Barbee shot a career-best round of 67 and Zach Pederson tied his season-best round of 69 at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course (par-70, 6,738 yards).<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

“We played a little better than yesterday and we are definitely moving in the right direction as a team,” said head coach Kit Grove. “We are still a little rusty from not playing in a while, but it was encouraging to see the guys that struggled yesterday bounce back well today.”

Barbee improved on his first-round effort by nine strokes and is currently tied for 60th place, while Pederson was able to move up five notches on the leaderboard and is tied for 90th place.

The Jayhawks remained in 14th place, but are just 9 strokes away from moving into the top-10 on the team leaderboard. Stanford is currently leading the tournament with a total of 538 strokes through two rounds.

Freshman Brad Hopfinger followed up his career-best round in round one with a second-round 74 and is currently tied for 31th place. Junior Walt Koelbel carded a 75, while sophomore Bobby Knowles shot a 72 in round two. Both are tied for 70th place.

“Hopefully tomorrow all the guys can put together good rounds and we can make a significant move up the leaderboard,” said Grove.

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

Team Leaderboard

1. Stanford (275-263–538)

2. Arizona State (271-272–543)

3. Southern California (274-270–544)

4. Texas Tech (271-275–546)

5. Georgia Tech (275-272–547)

14. Kansas (285-282–567)

Player Leaderboard

T1. Jamie Lovemark, Southern California (66-65–131)

T1. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona St. (68-63–131)

T3. Rob Grube, Stanford (65-67–132)

T3. Sihwan Kim, Stanford (69-63–132)

T3. Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech (65-67–132)

T3. Stephan Gross, Arizona State (64-68–132)

T31. Brad Hopfinger, Kansas (66-74–140)

T60. Nate Barbee, Kansas (76-67–143

T70. Bobby Knowles, Kansas (73-72–145)

T70. Walt Koelbel, Kansas (70-75–145)

T90. Zach Pederson, Kansas (81-69–150)