Jayhawks Move Up to Sixth After Three Rounds at Big 12 Championship

April 26, 2008

TRINITY, Texas –

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Walt Koelbel continued his steady play shooting a third round 73 to lead the Kansas men’s golf team during the third round of play at the Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas. The team shot a third-round 298 to move up one spot to sixth place.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

“We didn’t do quite as well finishing up our rounds today, but we still put together another solid day,” said head coach Kit Grove. “We had several rollercoaster rounds today, but the guys played well.”

Koelbel, who finished tied for ninth at last year’s Big 12 Championship, fired three birdies on the day and is currently tied for 12th place going into the final round.

Freshman Brad Hopfinger shot a 77 and is tied for 20th place. Hopfinger will attempt to finish in the top-20 for the fifth time this year during the final round on Sunday.

Freshman Nate Barbee and sophomore Patrick Roth both carded 74’s during the third round of play. Barbee has a three-round total of 226 and is tied for 29th place, while Roth is currently tied for 36th place. Junior Zach Pederson fired an 80 and is in 60th place through three rounds of play.

Oklahoma State shot a 283 during the third round and maintained its overall team lead by 16 strokes over Texas Tech. Kevin Tway of Oklahoma State is atop the player leaderboard after firing a third round 70.

The final round of play will be conducted on Sunday and results can be tracked live on golfstat.com. Check back to kuathletics.com for final results and a complete recap of the final round.

Team Leaderboard

1. Oklahoma State (285-282-283–850)

2. Texas Tech (302-282-282–866)

3. Texas (288-294-286–868)

4. Texas A&M (299-284-294–877)

5. Baylor (298-296-298–892)

6. Kansas (303-295-298–896)

7. Oklahoma (295-297-308–900)

8. Iowa State (298-314-292–903)

9. Kansas State (297-307-301–905)

10. Nebraska (303-300-305–908)

11. Colorado (311-303-296–910)

12. Missouri (312-304-305–921)

Player Leaderboard

1. Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State (72-68-70–210)

T2. Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State (72-68-71–211)

T2. Garrett Merrell, Texas Tech (76-67-68–211)

T4. Charlie Holland, Texas (70-71-71–212)

T4. Chris Ward, Texas Tech (72-69-71–212)

T12. Walt Koelbel, Kansas (74-72-73–219)

T20. Brad Hopfinger, Kansas (75-70-77–222)

T29. Nate Barbee, Kansas (76-76-74–226)

T36. Patrick Roth, Kansas (78-77-74–229)

60. Zach Pederson, Kansas (81-85-80–246)