Jayhawks head west to compete at Mountain View Collegiate

March 27, 2008


Following a week-long break, the <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>University of Kansas will look to continue its spring season as it heads west to compete at the 10th annual Mountain View Collegiate, March 29-30 in Tucson, Ariz. The event will be conducted at the Mountain View Golf Course (6,178 yards, par-72) where tournament host, the University of Colorado, is set to welcome an impressive 18-team field to compete in the event.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

This will be the Jayhawks sixth entry into the event since the tournament debuted in 1999. Kansas last claimed top team honors at the event in 2006 when it edged out Big-12 foe Nebraska by one stroke with a combined team score of 884 over three rounds. This week, the `Hawks will look to improve from their fourth-place finish from last year’s tournament, where they tied with Missouri with a composite score of 874.

“Tucson is a great trip for us,” said Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil. “The course sets up well for us and I think it will be a good confidence builder going into the remainder of the spring.”

The Jayhawks are coming off a 13th place finish at the Betsy Rawls Invitational, where inclement weather shortened the event to 36 holes. Freshman Grace Thiry led the `Hawks, finishing in a tie for 24th place.

Thiry boasts one of the leading scoring averages for the Jayhawks at 76.95, second only to sophomore Emily Powers who owns an average of 75.05 on the season.

Among Powers and Thiry, senior Annie Giangrosso, sophomore Meghan Gockel and freshman Meghna Bal will be returning to the Kansas lineup from last week’s tournament.

The two-day event will consist of the opening two rounds on Saturday scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, with the final round slated to take place on Sunday at 8 a.m.

Check back to kuathletics.com for complete coverage of the event including a full recap after each day.

Complete Field: Colorado, Arizona B, Baylor, Boise State, Colorado State, East Carolina, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, San Jose State, Texas Tech