Barbee Leads Jayhawks to Tied for Eighth-Place Finish After Day One at Rice Intercollegiate

Feb. 15, 2010

HOUSTON. Texas –

Nate Barbee shot a pair of 76’s to to lead the Kansas men’s golf team to a tied for eighth place finish after day one at the Rice Intercollegiate at Westwood Golf Club.

The Jayhawks struggled in round one with a 318, but rebounded in round two to shoot a 307.

“We are frustrated with how we played this morning, but I was happy with how the guys battled the cold weather and played much better in the afternoon,” said head coach Kit Grove.

Barbee picked up where he left off in the fall and is tied for eighth place after day one. Barbee recorded a top-20 finish in each of the teams five events last fall.

“Nate just manages the game so well,” said Grove. “There were several par-fours that Nate couldn’t reach in two today because of the wet conditions and to shoot the scores he did was really impressive.”

Freshman Alex Gutesha shot rounds of 79 and 76 to enter the final round tied for 27th. Senior Bryan Hackenberg and junior Jeff Bell are both tied for 49th after two rounds with a score of 159. Freshman Chris Gilbert is in 76th place with rounds of 87 and 85.

Rice, the host school, leads the event by eight strokes over Auburn. Christopher Brown and Michael Whitehead of Rice and Will McCurdy of Auburn are tied atop the individual leaderboard with 147 strokes.

The final round will begin with a 8:15 a.m. CST shotgun start on Tuesday. Check back to for a complete recap of the final round of the Rice Intercollegiate.

Team Leaderboard

1. Rice 297-297—594

2. Auburn 300-302—602

3. Pacific 310-302—612

T4. Nebraska 308-313—621

T4. Houston 315-306—621

T4. Northern Colorado 307-314—621

T8. Kansas 318-307—625

Player Leaderboard

T1. Christopher Brown, Rice 74-73—147

T1. Michael Whitehead, Rice 72-75—147

T1. Will McCurdy, Auburn 73-74—147

T4. Michael Buttacavoli, Rice 74-75—149

T4. Cole Moreland, Auburn 74-75—149

T8. Nate Barbee, Kansas 76-76—152

T27. Alex Gutesha, Kansas 79-76—155

T49. Bryan Hackenberg, Kansas 82-77—159

T49. Jeff Bell, Kansas 81-78—159

76. Chris Gilbert, Kansas 87-85—172