Gilbert and Quinones Keep Kansas In Solid Standing at Big 12 Championships

April 26, 2011

HUTCHINSON, Kan. –

Day Two Results Get Acrobat Reader

Sophomore Chris Gilbert and junior Doug Quinones highlighted the third round on day two of the Big 12 Championships for Kansas. Gilbert and Quinones are both tied for 16th among individuals with a score of 217. Gilbert managed to shoot a third round score of 69 on Tuesday. This marks the fourth time that he has shot a round in the 60s during the 2010-11 season, including a season low of 65 at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in the fall. Quinones finished Tuesday with a respectable 71, one over par.

As a team, Kansas remains in seventh place after shooting a 286 in the third round, bringing their tournament total to an 879. The Jayhawks are in a solid spot to make a push in the fourth and final round on Wednesday. They are only one stroke behind sixth place Missouri and 13 strokes behind fourth place Texas Tech. Last year’s champion, Oklahoma State, has a comfortable 12 stroke lead over the rest of the field.

“I am very pleased,” head coach Kit Grove said. “It was a good day today. The weather was good, there were some light winds but nothing too bad. (Prairie Dunes) is the kind of golf course where you’re never safe. Things can turn on you very quickly if you don’t play smart golf.”

In addition to Gilbert and Quinones, sophomore Alex Gutesha contributed a 72 on Tuesday to bring his total to 219, putting him in a tie for 23rd.

Senior Nate Barbee brought his tournament total to 226 on Tuesday with a round of 74 on Tuesday.

Sophomore Dan Waite had to withdraw from the tournament due to back problems. Playing with only four guys has made Grove that much prouder of the way his team has competed.

“I’m really proud of the four guys who have gone out there for us,” he said. “I think there is definitely some more pressure on them, knowing that all of their scores are going to count no matter what.”

Grove admitted that he would love to see his team make up some ground and move up a spot or two, but he also reiterated the fact that it’s important to enjoy the moment on a big stage.

“Prairie Dunes is one of the best golf courses around,” he said. “Being here, it’s very easy to understand why the course has gotten so much recognition and so many accolades. It truly is a treat to play here. The guys are young and I know they’re very focused on competing, but it’s also important to just go out and enjoy it. It is a privilege to play here. However, playing at a course like this is never easy and you have to take the good with the bad. So far for us, the good has outweighed the bad and we hope that continues on Wednesday.”

Oklahoma State leads all teams with a score of 845. Texas A&M stands in second place with a score of 857, while Texas is in third place with a score of 862. Oklahoma State also claims the top two individuals after three rounds of play. Morgan Hoffman is in first with a score of 207 and Kevin Tway is in second with a score of 210. The fourth and final round will take place on Wednesday. Live results and scoring can be accessed at golfstat.com while Kansas results and recaps can be found at kuathletics.com

Team Leaders

1. Oklahoma State- 283-292-270—845

2. Texas A&M- 286-296-275—857

3. Texas- 287-291-284—862

4. Texas Tech- 286-299-281—866

7. KANSAS- 290-303-286—879

Individual Leaders

1. Morgan Hoffman (Oklahoma State)- 70-69-68—207

2. Kevin Tway (Oklahoma State)- 66-73-71—210

3. Jordan Russell (Texas A&M)- 77-69-66—212

Three tied for fourth

Kansas Individuals

T16. Chris Gilbert- 73-75-69—217

T16. Doug Quinones- 69-77-71—217

T23. Alex Gutesha- 75-72-72—219

T43. Nate Barbee- 73-79-74—226

Dan Waite- W