Jayhawks, Woodland Grab Titles at the All-America
The Kansas men’s golf team was able to hold off third-ranked Lamar by one shot to claim the All-American Golf Classic at the Tradition Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Senior Gary Woodland was able to cruise to an individual victory by a four-shot margin after finishing the tournament with a five-under par score of 211.
The senior duo of Woodland and Tyler Docking came up with some late round heroics to hold off Lamar on Tuesday afternoon. Docking managed to eagle his final hole of the tournament, while Woodland was able to add a birdie in closing. Docking finished the tournament in second place with a three-round score of 215. This marks his fourth top-five finish of the year.
“We are really pleased with the result knocking off such a highly-ranked team in Lamar,” head coach Ross Randall said. “The ending was very exciting for us and it was a bit of a surprise for us as well. What made the victory so fulfilling was how everyone contributed to the victory. Gary and Tyler both played really well. Walt Koelbel played a key role in our success today shooting a solid score of 71.”
Freshman Patrick Roth carded a final-round score of 74 to finish in 27th. Koelbel finished in a tie for 41st with a three-round score of 227 and junior Joey Mundy carded a final-round 79 to finish in a tie for 51st. Freshman David Cosel competed as an individual finishing in a tie for 57th after firing his best round of the tournament with a third-round 75.
The Jayhawks finished the tournament with a three-round score of 872, followed by Lamar who finished with 873 strokes. Southeastern Louisiana and Middle Tennessee State tied for third place with 878 strokes. Houston rounded out the top five with 886 strokes. Big 12 competitors Colorado and Iowa State finished sixth and tied for seventh, respectively.
The tournament victory marks the second title of the year for both the team and Gary Woodland. Both the Jayhawks and Woodland were able to conquer the Kansas Invitational during the fall campaign.
The Jayhawks will next be in action March 5-6 when they travel to Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La. to compete in the Louisiana Classics.