KU Men's Golf Continues to Grow During 2009-10 Season

May 31, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

The Kansas men’s golf team continued to grow during the 2009-10 season in head coach Kit Grove’s third season. The team utilized a youthful roster to record seven top-five team finishes and junior Nate Barbee continued to develop into a standout.

The Jayhawks started out the season hot with three-straight third place or better finishes to open the fall season topped of by Barbee’s individual win at the Kansas Invitational. KU wrapped up the fall portion of the schedule by placing seventh at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate and 11th at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.

Barbee was spectacular in the fall with four top-10 finishes and a 71.29 scoring average. Barbee would continue to build off his fall performance in the spring and was selected to play in the NCAA Regional as an individual. Barbee finished the season with a 72.39 scoring average and eight top-10 finishes.

The spring season was kick started by a Barbee led fourth-place finish at the Rice Intercollegiate. After a mid-season slump the Jayhawks recorded three-consecutive top-five team finishes at the Desert Shootout, Shocker Classic and Missouri Intercollegiate. The Jayhawks fell to Wichita State in a playoff at the Desert Shootout.

KU’s run at the Big 12 Championship began with a promising start as the Jayhawks recorded their low round of the tournament with a first-round 295 on the backs of 70’s by Barbee and Chris Gilbert. The Jayhawks struggled in the last two rounds of the event and slid back to 12th place.

Grove relied on the freshmen tandem of Alex Gutesha and Chris Gilbert from the start of the season. The duo competed in all 12 events in the 2009-10 season and combined to amass six top-20 finishes in their rookie seasons.

Fellow newcomers freshman Dan Waite and junior Jeff Bell were also major contributors to the Jayhawks’ season. Waite became a major contributor during the spring season and carded a 67 at the Desert Shootout which tied for the second best round of the season for KU. Bell was a steadying force for the Jayhawks and his season was highlighted by his fifth-place finish at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate.

Senior Bryan Hackenberg was the lone returning golfer outside of Barbee to see major action. Hackenberg competed in all 12 events during his final campaign as a Jayhawk. Hackenberg finished in the top-10 on three different occasions.

Fellow seniors Patrick Roth and Bobby Knowles combined to compete in five events during their senior years. Roth played very well in the Kansas Invitational and finished tied for 14th.

Sophomores Blake Giroux and Ian Anson both recorded top-20 finishes this season and will help add to a promising young nucleus for KU in years to come.

The Jayhawks will return seven members when they embark on the 2010-11 season along with the addition of three highly regarded newcomers.