Gautier Paces Jayhawks in First Tournament of the Spring
Feb. 24, 2013
PALM DESERT, Calif. – Stan Gautier led Kansas with a one-over 73 in the final round and finished tied for 16th, the highest finish of his short KU career, as the Jayhawks concluded play at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club Sunday.
Gautier, a sophomore from Paris, France, who flirted with the top of the leaderboard Saturday before settling for an even-par 72, paced Kansas with a three round total of 73-72-73—218 (+2). The total was one stroke better than his previous 54-hole best at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate last fall and marked the first top-20 finish for the Arizona State transfer. Kansas finished its first tournament of the spring at 299-304-307—910 (+46) and in 12th place.
“On a positive note, I was really happy Stan played well,” Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel said. “He kind of stumbled home on the back nine yesterday, but responded pretty well. He got caught in the wind today on the last couple of holes, but played solid. That’s a good tournament for him.”
Kansas’ fall stroke leader, Chris Gilbert was the next highest finisher for the Jayhawks and tied at 29th with a three day tally of 71-77-74—222 (+6). Kansas counted scores from Jackson Foth (79) and Bryce Brown (81) to round out the team scoring during the tournament’s final round.
“Chris made a couple mistakes today but was pretty solid,” Bermel said of the senior from Simi Valley, Calif. “We had to count a 79 and an 81 today. We made two triple bogeys in the last three holes and we just can’t do that, it dropped us a spot or two.
“We have to see what we can do to get a little more consistency out of the three, four and five spots, and we’ll go at it again next week.”
TCU teammates Julien Brun (10-under 206) and Eli Cole (5-under 211) finished one and two at the top of the individual leaderboard and helped the Horned Frogs run away with the team title as the only team in the red. TCU finished 19 strokes under par with scores of 277-288-280—845 on the par-27, 7,305-yard course.
Kansas’ Alex Gutesha competed as an individual and finished the tournament tied for 55th at 13-over 229. Foth, a freshman from the Kansas City area, had the KU scoring team’s third-best aggregate scoring total at 18-over 234 and finished tied for 73rd. Ryley Haas and Dylan McClure, who also competed unattached, shot 23-over 239s and Bryce Brown completed KU’s results with a 24-over 240 for the tournament.
The Jayhawks continue the spring slate with a trip to Lafayette, La., and the 28th Annual Louisiana Classics Invitational at Oakbourne Country Club March 4-5.
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