Kansas Ties for 12th at Louisiana Classics
March 8, 2011
LAFAYETTE, La. –
Kansas’ men’s golf team concluded their second tournament of the spring season Tuesday afternoon by finishing in a tie for 12th place at the Louisiana Classics. Kansas shot a 303 in the third round to add to their first and second round totals of 296 and 294, respectively, en route to an 893 total.
Senior Nate Barbee was the top individual for Kansas, shooting a 75 on Tuesday and placing him in a tie for 21st among individuals with a score of 220. Sophomore Chris Gilbert was not far behind with a score of 221 including a third round score of 76 and finishing in a tie for 25th. Senior Jeff Bell also posted a 76 in the third round, giving him a 225 for the tournament and finishing in a tie for 45th. Sophomore Alex Gutesha shot a 76 on Tuesday as well which made his total 227, putting him in a tie for 58th. Lastly, sophomore Dan Waite finished the day with an 81 which put him in 81st place with a score of 238.
Although head coach Kit Grove was not discouraged by Monday’s performance, he admitted that he was disappointed with Tuesday’s effort.
“It was disappointing,” Grove said. “We had a couple of guys get off to bad starts and then they had bad finishes as well. It was very average at best, it was actually probably below average.”
With a little bit of time off before the next tournament, Grove said it is important to take that time to evaluate the players and improve on some fundamentals.
“It was especially disappointing, especially since we were showing signs of improving yesterday,” he said. “But a score over 300 when the conditions aren’t bad is not acceptable, we just can’t have that. Individually we have some stuff that we can work on and we will go over what we did well and what we need to work on. We’ll have the day off tomorrow and then we will get back at it on Thursday.”
Illinois took first place with a score of 854. LSU took second place with a score of 860 while Louisiana-Lafayette, Kent State, and Southeastern Louisiana rounded out the top five, respectively. John Hahn of Kent State took first place among individuals with a three day total of 206, an impressive ten under par. Andrew Loupe of LSU and Luke Guthrie of Illinois finished behind Hahn, each with scores of 210. Kansas has some time off before their next tournament. The Jayhawks next compete on March 21 when they travel to Tucson, Ariz. to play in the 2011 National Invitational Tournament.
2. LSU- 283-287-290–860
3. Louisiana-Lafayette- 290-287-293–870
4. Kent State- 295-278-298–871
5. Southeastern Louisiana- 291-292-296–879
T12. Kansas- 298-294-303–893
1.John Hahn (Kent State)- 70-66-70–206
T2. Luke Guthrie (Illinois)- 74-67-69–210
T2. Andrew Loupe (LSU)- 70-70-70–210
T4. Chris DeForest (Illinois)- 68-70-74–212
T4. Philipp Fendt (Louisiana-Lafayette)- 73-69-70-212
T21. Nate Barbee- 73-72-75–220
T25. Chris Gilbert- 75-70-76–221
T45. Jeff Bell- 74-75-76–225
T58. Alex Gutesha- 74-77-76–227
81. Dan Waite–80-77-81–238