Junior Tandem Guides Jayhawks During Round One at the River Landing Intercollegiate

April 11, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Juniors Walt Koelbel and Zach Pederson shot a pair of 74’s to lead the Kansas men’s golf team during the first round of the River Landing Intercollegiate. The team opened up with a first-round 299 at the River Course at River Landing and is tied for 12th place after day one.

“We played decent today on a pretty good golf course,” said head coach Kit Grove. “We made some mistakes on the last few holes which really hurts our final number, but hopefully we can improve on that tomorrow.” Both Koelbel and Pederson featured rounds that included two birdies on the day. After round one they are tied for 31st place. Freshman Brad Hopfinger shot an opening-round 75 to finish day one tied for 39th place. Fellow freshman Nate Barbee shot an opening-round 76 to finish tied for 49th place. Sophomore Patrick Roth carded a first-day 82 and is currently in 82nd place. The round marks Roth’s first appearance in a tournament since the St. Mary’s Invitational. The first round was delayed for 90 minutes this morning due to fog. Florida St. and Duke are currently tied atop the team leaderboard after carding first-round scores of 284. Seven of the 15 participating schools in the event, including leaders Florida St. and Duke, are in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The second round will begin at 8 EST Saturday morning. Live results can be tracked at golfstat.com or check back to kuathletics.com for a complete recap and results of the second round. Team Leaderboard
T1. Duke 284
T1. Florida State 284
3. Maryland 286
T4. North Carolina St. 288
T4. Wake Forest 288
12. Kansas 299 Player Leaderboard
T1. Kevin O’Connell, North Carolina 67
T1. Webb Simpson, Wake Forest 67
T3. Jonas Blixt, Florida State 68
T3. Clark Klassen, Duke 68
T3. Michael Schachner, Duke 68
T31. Zach Pederson, Kansas 74
T31. Walt Koelbel, Kansas 74
T39. Brad Hopfinger, Kansas 75
T49. Nate Barbee, Kansas 76
82. Patrick Roth, Kansas 82
For compelete results visit this link: http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/leaderboards/team/static/team_players_1133.html