KU Men's Golf opens 2010 Fall Season at Turning Stone-Tiger Intercollegiate

Sept. 2, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior leader Nate Barbee will be looked upon to help the Kansas Men’s Golf Team start the season off on the right foot at the Turning Stone-Tiger Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y., this weekend, September 5-6. The tournament will be hosted by the University of Missouri.

Barbee carries a 73.27 career scoring average and has recorded 13 top-10 and 18 top-20 finishes during his career at KU. Barbee worked on his game a lot over the summer, although he admits he did not play as well as he would have liked.

“I kind of struggled throughout the summer to be honest,” he said. “I kind of worked on rebuilding some things, some fundamentals. But I feel like I’m ready for the season and I am looking forward to this year.”

The lineup joining Barbee this weekend is young, but that does not mean that talent or experience are lacking. Sophomore Chris Gilbert competed in all 12 events last season and finished third on the team in scoring average, at 76.03 strokes per round. Sophomore Dan Waite recorded two top-20 finishes during the 2010 spring season. Junior Doug Quinones transferred from New Mexico Junior College where he had a scoring average of 72.8 and three top-five finishes. Freshman David Catt is coming off an impressive high school career that includes a Sunflower League title and tying a school scoring record with a round of 66.

“As a team, we want to win as many tournaments as we can. We’ve been on a dry spell for about three years now. I think we are really going to surprise some people this year though.”

They will have the chance to make a name for themselves at the award-winning Turner Stone Resort.

“We are really excited for this weekend, it will be a good test,” said Barbee. “They played a PGA Tour there (Turner Stone) this summer, so it will be fun to play there. I think we have a good chance to win.”

Other schools competing in the tournament are: Missouri, Delaware, Purdue, St. Peter’s, Oakland, Binghamton, Bowling Green, Canisius, Central Connecticut State, Cleveland State, Seton Hall, South Florida, St. Bonaventure, Niagara, Mt. St. Mary’s, Connecticut, and George Washington.

Missouri won the tournament last year. Richmond, Seton Hall, Oakland, and Central Connecticut State rounded out the top-five, respectively.

Live stats and updates can be accessed for the entire tournament at golfstat.com.