Koelbel Notches Best Career Finish at Louisiana Classics

March 10, 2009


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Walt Koelbel fired a final round 73 at the Louisiana Classics to tie for third place and record the top finish of his career. The team carded its best round of the event with a 292 and finished in ninth place.

Koelbel’s previous best finish came when he tied for ninth place at the 2007 Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

“I am very proud of how Walt played this week and a few other guys had solid weeks as well,” said head coach Kit Grove. “The winds were up today causing higher scores and I was happy that we were able to turn in our best round of the event.”

Sophomore Nate Barbee shot his second under-par round of the event with a final round 71 and finished tied for 12th. The Dakota Dunes, S.D. native has notched four top-20 finishes on the year.

Freshman Ian Anson carded an even-par 72 to move up seven spots on the leaderboard and finish tied for 53rd. Senior Zach Pederson wrapped up the event with a 76 and tied for 65th place. Sophomore Bobby Knowles shot an 83 and finished tied for 81st.

Junior Bryan Hackenberg, who competed in the event as an individual, concluded his solid tournament with a final round 78 and finished tied for 26th place.

University of New Orleans bested host Louisiana-Lafayette by one stroke to take home the team title. Adam Cornelson of UNO won medalist honors after surviving a five-hole playoff over Cedric Scotto of Southeastern Louisiana.

The Jayhawks will next be in action March 19-21 as they continue its spring season in Goodyear, Ariz. at the Desert Shootout. Check back to kuathletics.com for complete coverage of the 2008-09 season.

Team Leaderboard

1. New Orleans (288-281-289—858)

2. Louisiana-Lafayette (279-292-288—859)

3. SMU (286-292-285—863)

T4. Southeastern Louisiana (279-296-297—872)

T4. Texas State (283-293-296—872)

9. Kansas (296-296-292—884)

Player Leaderboard

1. Adam Cornelson, New Orleans (73-68-69—210)

2. Cedric Scotto, Southeastern Louisiana (68-69-73—210)

T3. Walt Koelbel, Kansas (70-68-73—211)

T3. Pat Grady, Colorado (70-75-66—211)

T3. Devin Carrey, Louisiana-Lafayette (69-69-73—211)

T12. Nate Barbee, Kansas (71-74-71—216)

T26. Bryan Hackenberg-I, Kansas (66-76-78—220)

T53. Ian Anson, Kansas (79-75-72—226)

T65. Zach Pederson, Kansas (76-79-76—231)

T81. Bobby Knowles, Kansas (80-83-83—246)