Kansas Golf Claims Title at Duramed Collegiate

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – All five Jayhawk golfers finished in the top 15 to help Kansas women’s golf claim the title at the Duramed Collegiate Invitational at Rio Verde Country Club on Sunday. The win marks the first tournament title for the Jayhawks since they won the Marilynn Smith Invitational in 2007.

Junior Meghan Gockel led the way for the Jayhawks as she finished in first place overall with a 73-72-73—218. The three-round total was the lowest of Gockel’s career, providing her with her first individual title. Her performance tied for the fourth-lowest three-round total in program history.

Junior Emily Powers (74-75-76—225), sophomore Meghna Bal (78-75-72—225) and freshman Kalynd Carson (72-80-73—225) each tied for tenth place overall. Finishing in 15th place was sophomore Sydney Wilson, who shot a 226 over the three-day event. Along with Gockel, both Carson and Wilson also had career-best performances over the weekend.

The three-round total of 883 was the program’s lowest score since March 2007 when they shot an 874 at the Mountain View Collegiate. The win marks the fifth team title for head coach Erin O’Neil since she arrived at KU in 2004.

Kansas returns to action March 27-29 when they head to Athens, Ga. to compete in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Check back to kuahtletics.com for complete coverage of the Jayhawk’s spring season.

Final Team Standings

1. Kansas 294-295-294—883

2.Arkansas-Little Rock 312-298-297—907

3. Eastern Michigan 310-304-300—914

4. Toledo 304-305-306—915

5. Minnesota 312-298-306—916

Final Individual Standings

*T1.Meghan Gockel, KU 73-72-73—218

T1. Sara Wikstrom, UALR 74-73-71—218

T3. Boram Lee, Toledo 76-71-73—220

T3. Kelsey Verbeten, Wisconsin 75-73-72—220

T10. Emily Powers, KU 74-75-76—225

T10. Meghna Bal, KU 78-75-72—225

T10.Kalynd Carson, KU 72-80-73—225

T15.Sydney Wilson, KU 75-73-78—226

* Gockel won medalist honors on the first playoff hole