Jayhawks Take 15th at Cowboy Classic

April 5, 2011


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Kansas’ men’s golf team finished in 15th place at the Cowboy Classic on Tuesday. The Jayhawks ended the tournament with a score of 870, including a first and second round score of 296 and 287, respectively and a third round score of 287. Kansas finished 34 strokes behind tournament winner Baylor.

Head coach Kit Grove said he is disappointed with the way things have gone this spring, but more so disappointed that the team is giving away some easy strokes.

“It’s been a rough spring so far,” Grove said. “I’m not going to say it’s been all bad, because we’ve certainly done some good stuff. But our execution is so poor right now. It’s frustrating because we are giving away a ton of shots around the green and we are missing a lot of short putts. That’s inexcusable because those are the little things that you should be working on everyday.”

Although the team has not played as well as Grove would like, he believes his team still has the ability to turn things around.

“We’re not playing great, but I think we’re playing a lot better than what we’re showing,” Grove said. “We’ve got some tournaments coming up and we’ve got to get ready for those. We’re not as far off as it looks, but until we put three good rounds together, it’s tough to say how we’re going to finish the season.”

Sophomore Alex Gutesha took charge for Kansas finishing in a tie for 30th with a score of 215. Gutesha finished Tuesday with a round of 70, adding to his scores of 76 and 69 from Monday. His score of 215 is his best score of the spring season and his second best score of the 2010-11 season as a whole.

Senior Nate Barbee finished in a tie for 18th on Monday. He ended the tournament in a tie for 45th with a score of 218. He shot a 72 and 70 on Monday and concluded the tournament with a 76.

Junior Doug Quinones finished in a tie for 51st with a score of 219, which included rounds of 73, 75, and 71. His round of 71 marks his second best round of the spring season after shooting a 69 at the Border Olympics.

Senior Jeff Bell psoted rounds of 75, 73, and 73 en route to a 221, placing him in a tie for 65th. His two rounds of 73 match his best round of the spring season to date.

Sophomore Dan Waite finished the tournament with a score of 227 which put him in a tie for 91st. Waite shot a 77 in his first two rounds and ended the day on Tuesday with a 73. His round of 73 matches his best performance of the 2010-11 season.

The Jayhawks have some time off before their next tournament. The team next competes in the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa on April 16-17.

Team Results

1. Baylor- 282-273-281–836

2. Arizona- 281-282-276–839

3. Colorado State- 284-277-280–841

4. UC Davis- 286-285-272–843

T15. KANSAS- 296-287-287–870

Individual Leaders

1. Tarquin Macmanus (Arizona)- 66-70-66–202

2. Joakim Mikkelsen (Baylor)- 70-68-65–203

2. Zahkai Brown (Colorado State)- 70-63-70–203

4. Austin Graham (UC Davis)- 69-68-68–205

Four tied at 208

Kansas Individuals

T30. Alex Gutesha- 76-69-70–215

T45. Nate Barbee- 72-70-76–218

T51. Doug Quinones- 73-75-71–219

T65. Jeff Bell- 75-73-73–221

T91. Dan Waite- 77-77-73–227