Jayhawks Take Sixth at Hawkeye Invitational

April 17, 2011


Kansas’ men’s golf team finished the second and final round of the Hawkeye Invitational in sixth place with a score of 603 which included a second round score of 295. The tournament was cut from three rounds to two due to weather conditions. Kansas finished 14 strokes behind tournament host and winner Iowa.

Although Kansas finished the first round in fourth place, head coach Kit Grove felt like overall scores were higher due to the weather.

“On a day like (Saturday) when it’s 40 degrees with 20 MPH winds, you can’t expect great scores,” Grove said. “It’s easy to forget how difficult it is to play in the cold when you’re a coach. But you have to remember that players’ hands are cold and there are a lot of other factors that make these conditions really difficult. In these conditions, a 74 or 75 is about the equivalent of shooting par.”

Sophomore Dan Waite took charge for the Jayhawks with a second round score of 75 putting him in 14th place with an overall score of 149. Waite’s top 15 finish is his first one of the season.

Sophomore Chris Gilbert ended the day in a tie for 15th place with a score of 150, including a round of 72 on Sunday. This is Gilbert’s second best finish of the spring season, after he finished in a tie for 11th at the Border Olympics.

Senior Nate Barbee finished in a tie for 20th with a score of 75 and a round of 152 on Sunday. This is the second time this spring that Barbee finished in the top 25th. He finished in a tie for 21st at the Louisiana Classics earlier this season.

Sophomore Alex Gutesha tied for 33rd with a score of 154 and a round of 75 on Sunday.

Junior Doug Quinones also finished the tournament in a tie for 37th with a round of 73 on Sunday and a 155 overall. Quinones’ finish marks his best finish of the spring season.

Iowa won the tournament with a score of 589. Charlotte and Missouri finished in a tie for second place with scores of 592. Vince India of Iowa and Andy Sajevic of Charlotte tied for first among individuals with scores of 142. Kansas competes next in the Big 12 Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., April 25-27.

Team Results

1. Iowa- 298-291–589

T2. Charlotte- 309-283–592

T2. Missouri- 297-295–592

6. KANSAS- 208-295-603

Individual Results

T1. Vince India (Iowa)- 71-71–142

T1. Andy Sajevic (Charlotte)- 75-67–142

3. Carlos Ortiz (North Texas)- 73-70–142

4. Nick Wilson (Missouri) 70-75–145

5. Hunter Sparks (WichitaState)- 79-67–146

Kansas Individuals

14. Dan Waite- 74-75–149

T15. Chris Gilbert- 78-82–150

T20. Nate Barbee- 77-75–152

T33. Alex Gutesha- 79-75–154

T37. Doug Quinones- 82-73–155