Jayhawks Fall in Playoff, Finish Second at Desert Shootout
March 20, 2010
GOODYEAR, Ariz. –
Nate Barbee led the Kansas men’s golf team to a championship playoff against Wichita State in the final round of the Desert Shootout, where they fell and finished second at Palm Valley Golf Course.
KU shot a final round 291 to overcome a six-shot deficit to force a playoff against Wichita State. The finish marks the Jayhawks fifth top-five finish of the season.
Barbee finished in second place, three spots behind medalist Dustin Garza of Wichita State. Barbee, who now has seven top-10 finishes, shot his third-straight under-par round in the final round.
“I am really proud of our guys rallied this week after we have struggled of late,” said head coach Kit Grove. “If a few things would have been different Nate (Barbee) could have very easily won the tournament.”
Freshman Dan Waite wrapped up a solid tournament with a final round 71 to tie for 17th place. Fellow freshman Alex Gutesha carded a 74 to tie for 23rd place.
Freshman Chris Gilbert shot a 76 to tie for 42nd. Junior Jeff Bell tied for 76th after shooting a final day 77.
Senior Bryan Hackenberg, who competed as an individual at the event, tied Gilbert for 42nd after firing a final round 74.
The Jayhawks will continue their spring season April 5-6 when they travel to Wichita, Kan. to compete in the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic. Check back to kuathletics.com for complete coverage of the 2009-10 season.
1. Wichita State 282-280-293—855
2. Kansas 285-279-291—855
3. Eastern Michigan 280-278-300—856
4. Brigham Young 289-279-291—859
5. Pacific 277-293-290—860
1. Dustin Garza, Wichita State 68-65-69—202
2. Nate Barbee, Kansas 68-67-70—205
3. Brandon Lemons, Eastern Michigan 67-67-73—207
4. Jordan Rogers, Brigham Young 68-72-69—209
T17. Dan Waite, Kansas 77-67-71—215
T23. Alex Gutesha, Kansas 68-74-74—216
T42. Chris Gilbert, Kansas 73-71-76—220
T42. Bryan Hackenberg-I, Kansas 75-71-74—220
T76. Jeff Bell, Kansas 76-74-77—227