Jayhawks finish sixth at Turning Stone event

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Sept. 6, 2010

VERONA, N.Y. – Despite a handful of strong individual performances, the Kansas men’s golf team finished 54-over-par 308-302-308-918 en route to a sixth-place finish at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate. Freshman David Catt and junior Doug Quinones each fired a 74 on the tournament’s final day and sophomore Chris Gilbert finished the tournament at 10-over-par, 78-70-78, tying him for 15th place.

Nonetheless, head coach Kit Grove was not impressed with the team’s showing as a whole.

“It was very disappointing,” Grove said of the team’s performance. “We had a few teams that beat us that we felt like we should have beaten.”

While not pleased with the group as a whole, Grove stated that it was nice to see certain individuals play well.

“David and Doug both had it going pretty good,” he said. “It was good to see those guys hang in there. It was just too bad that they didn’t get much help from some of our more experienced guys.”

Grove admitted that inexperience played a role in the team’s performance and said he was willing to change some things up in order to get the team on a winning track.

“The lineup will change quite a bit,” he said. “Half of our team is new. I think it could take us a while to figure out who we really are. It is our first time out of the gate, so we don’t want to put too much stock into one tournament. But at the same time, there aren’t a lot of positives to say and we have got a lot of work to be done.”

Grove and his team won’t have a lot of time to spare as they are back in action at the Fairway Club Invitational in Nebraska City, Neb. next week.

Purdue won the tournament with a total score of 897, three strokes better than second-place Missouri. Bowling Green State, Connecticut, and Central Connecticut State rounded out the top-five with scores of 903, 908, and 914, respectively.

Jakob Ziegler of Oakland led all individuals, shooting a one-under-par for the tournament. Chris Gilbert was the Jayhawks’ top individual performer, shooting 10-over-par for a score of 226.

Team Leaders

1. Purdue 307-286-304–897

2. Missouri 309-297-294–900

3. Bowling Green State 308-297-298–903

4. Connecticut 313-296-299–908

5. Central Connecticut State 305-309-300–914

Individual Leaders

1. Jakob Ziegler (Oakland) 73-71-71–215

T2. Brandon Park (Seton Hall) 77-74-70–221

T2. Jake Katz (Binghamton) 75-75-71–221

T2. Jace Long (Missouri) 73-74-74-221

T2. Jeremy Troy (Connecticut) 75-73-73–221

Kansas Individuals

T15. Chris Gilbert 78-70-78–226

T28. Doug Quinones 80-77-74–231

T39. Nate Barbee 74-79-82–235

T39. David Catt 85-76-74–235

T57. Dan Waite 76-81-83–240