Jayhawks Finish 14th at Hawaii-Hilo Invitational

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Feb. 9, 2007


<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas shot a third round total of 295 to finish in a tie for 14th place at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational in Kona, Hawaii. The tournament marked the first tournament for the Jayhawks in the spring season.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Freshman Patrick Roth was the high finisher for the Jayhawks, shooting a final-round 71 to finish in a tie for 43rd with a three day total of 210. Seniors Gary Woodland and Tyler Docking both shot a final-round score of 75. Woodland, a native of Topeka, Kan., finished in a tie for 52nd, while Docking finished in a tie for 69th. Sophomore Zach Pederson fired a final-round 74 to finish in a tie for 77th. Freshman Bobby Knowles finished in a tie for 84th after shooting a final-round 80.

“We struggled in the event, but at least we have one tournament under our belt and it was good practice,” head coach Ross Randall said. “Patrick Roth played a very nice event for us, but the rest of the guys really struggled. Hopefully we can get back and get some practice in and prepare for our next tournament.”

Stanford prevailed as team champions after defeating OklahomaState in a playoff. Both squads finished the tournament with 803 strokes. Arizona State, Georgia Tech and USC rounded out the top-five. Jonathan Moore of OklahomaState took home the individual crown, finishing with a three-day total of 195.

The Jayhawks will continue their spring season Feb. 26-27 when they travel to Houston, Texas to compete in The All-American.