Freshmen Duo Leads Jayhawks During Day One at the All-American Golf Classic

Feb. 25, 2008


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Freshmen Brad Hopfinger and Nate Barbee overcame windy conditions at the Tradition Course (par-72, 7220 yards) in Cypresswood, Texas to lead the Kansas men’s golf team to 10th place after day one at the All-American Golf Classic. Both freshmen currently stand in the top-20 in the event.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Hopfinger fired his fourth under-par round of the year in round one with a 70 and then followed that up with a 77 in round two to finish the day tied for eighth place. Hopfinger has finished in the top-30 in four of his first five collegiate events.

“Brad played a really good round of golf in the first round, especially considering the conditions,” said head coach Kit Grove. “His day could have been even better had he not caught some real bad breaks on the back-nine in round two.”

Barbee once again displayed strong consistency, carding rounds of 74 and 75 on day one and is tied for 19th place.

“Nate really showed a lot of heart late in the day today birding four of his last six holes,” said Grove.

The team shot a first-round 298 and then followed that up with a second-round 308. The team is attempting to capture its third top-10 finish of the year.

“As a team we showed a lot of rust today,” said Grove. “When you haven’t gotten to play much, your putting is the last to come back and we really struggled on the greens today.”

Sophomore Bobby Knowles fired rounds of 80 and 74 and is currently tied for 43rd place. Junior Brandon Hermreck carded a first-day total of 156 in his Jayhawk debut and is currently tied for 55th place.

Junior Walt Koelbel shot rounds of 81 and 82 and stands in a tie for 60th place after day one. Junior Joey Mundy is competing as an individual at the event and is in 65th place after carding rounds of 84 and 81.

Arkansas Little-Rock is leading the tournament with a team score of 587 strokes after two rounds of play. Brian Wittle, of Arkansas Little-Rock, is the leading individual after firing rounds of 70 and 68.

The final round will be conducted tomorrow beginning at 8:00 CST. Check back to for final results and a complete recap.

Team Leaderboard

1. Arkansas Little-Rock (295-292–587)

2. Baylor (296-296–592)

T3. Lamar (298-295–593)

T3. Houston (295-298–593)

5. Middle Tennessee St. (300-294–594)

10. Kansas (298-308–606)

Player Leaderboard

1. Brian Wittle, Arkansas Little-Rock (70-68–138)

2. Travis Reid, New Mexico St. (70-69–139)

T3. Jacon Scriven, Texas Southern (72-72–144)

T3. Julian Colmenares, Jacksonville St. (70-74–144)

T3. Ben Moser, Houston (73-71–144)

T3. Russell Helson, Lamar (75-69–144)

T8. Brad Hopfinger, Kansas (70-77–147)

T19. Nate Barbee, Kansas (74-75–149)

T43. Bobby Knowles, Kansas (80-74–154)

T55. Brandon Hermreck, Kansas (74-82–156)

T60. Walt Koelbel, Kansas (81-82–163)

65. Joey Mundy (Individual), Kansas (84-81–165)