Kansas Climbs Again, Finishes Seventh at Irish Creek

April 7, 2013

2013 Irish Creek Collegiate
The Club at Irish Creek // Kannapolis, N.C.
Par 71 // 7,099 yards
Ryley Haas shot a career-best 71 en route to a career-best tournament score of 220.
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Team Leaderboard
Team Score
1. North Carolina 859 (+7)
2. North Carolina State 861 (+9)
3. Kennesaw State 866 (+14)
Charlotte 866 (+14)
5. Davidson 869 (+17)
UNC-Wilmington 869 (+17)
7. Kansas 872 (+20)
8. Mercer 877 (+25)
9. VCU 879 (+27)
Richmond 879 (+27)
Akron 879 (+27)
12. Marshall 882 (+30)
13. Louisville 884 (+32)
14. East Carolina 886 (+34)
15. Notre Dame 895 (+43)
16. Appalachian State 896 (+44)
17. Xavier 909 (+57)
Individual Leaderboard
Name Team Score
1. Jimmy Beck KSU 205 (-8)
2. Franco Castro UNCC 206 (-7)
3. Michael McGowan UNC 211 (-2)
4. Five players tied at 212 (-1)
Kansas Leaderboard
Name Score
9. Alex Gutesha 213 (E)
T15. Chris Gilbert 215 (+2)
31. Ryley Haas 220 (+7)
T47. Stan Gautier 224 (+11)
89. Bryce Brown 242 (+29)

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Kansas senior Alex Gutesha shot his second-consecutive round-under-par and junior Ryley Haas carded the lowest round of his Jayhawk career to help Kansas finish the Irish Creek Collegiate in seventh place Sunday. Kansas tied for the third-lowest total over the final 18 holes and climbed the leaderboard for the second straight day before closing at 297-287-288—872 (+20).

Gutesha followed up a 2-under 69 in Saturday’s second round with a 1-under 70 Sunday and finished in ninth place – his second top-10 finish in the last three tournaments – with an even-par 213 at the Club at Irish Creek. Haas, a transfer from Hutchinson Community College, used the best round of his career, a 1-under 70, to close with the best 52-hole tournament score of his career at 7-over 220. It was good enough for 31st and KU’s third-best tally for the tournament on the par-71, 7,099-yard course.

Kansas used a 1-over 72 from Chris Gilbert, who finished among the tournament’s top-15 shooters, and a 3-over 75 from Stan Gautier for its 288 total, bested only by Charlotte’s 281 and Richmond’s 285 on Sunday. No. 45 North Carolina narrowly held onto its three-day lead to escape with a two-stroke win over No. 49 North Carolina State at 282-285-292—859 (+7). Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck survived a furious charge by Charlotte’s Franco Castro, who shot a tournament-best 65 in the third round but fell one stroke short of Beck’s 8-under 205.

Gilbert finished among a tournament’s top 20 for the seventh time in nine events this season and tied for 15th after shooting 72-71-72—215 (+2). Gautier wrapped a pair of over-par scores around an even par 71 shot in the tournament’s second round, but contributed all three of his totals to the team score while finishing tied for 47th with a score of 78-71-75—224 (+11). Bryce Brown closed the tournament at 85-76-81—242 (+29).

Kansas has one more chance to fine tune its lineup before the Big 12 Conference Championship and will travel to Iowa for the Hawkeye Invitational next weekend (April 13-14). The Jayhawks will close the regular season at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., over four rounds against its Big 12 counterparts April 22-24.

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