Jayhawks Fall in Playoff, Finish Second at Desert Shootout

March 20, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz. –

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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.

Team Leaderboard

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

Player Leaderboard

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