KU Men's Golf Tied for 11th at Falcon Invitational

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USAFA ACADEMY, Colo. – Kansas men’s golf began its 2012 fall season with rounds of 300 (+12) and 296 (+8) to finish the first day of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on the Eisenhower Blue Course with a team total of 20-over par, which tied the Jayhawks for 11th place Sunday.

“We didn’t play bad,” said Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel. “We just were sloppy around the greens. We didn’t quite execute properly and had too many three-putts. It’s very disappointing from that aspect, but I saw some good things out there that we can build on.”

Senior Chris Gilbert recorded the best individual round of the day with an even-par 72 on his second 18 holes to post a two-round total of 148 (+4), tying him for 36th place. Gilbert stumbled initially by shooting 7-over on his first five holes of the event, including a double bogey and a triple bogey on his first two, but he recovered after the rough start to card eight birdies on his final 30 holes.

“He played pretty solid the last 30 holes,” said Bermel. “He missed a couple short putts, but overall he played well.”

Gilbert’s highlight came in the second round when he birdied the most difficult hole of the course, the par-4, 499-yard No. 15. Gilbert drained a 15-foot putt to make one of only three birdies on the hole during the second round.

“He hit his drive a little right, but he had a gap in the trees (for his approach shot to the green),” said Bermel. “He hit a 7-iron within 15 feet. It was a great shot right between two trees, and he made the putt.”

Kansas will try to improve its position when it concludes the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational with 18 holes on Monday. Coach Bermel said putting will be a focal point for improving the team’s score in the final round.

“We just missed way too many short putts, so we’ll work on that tonight,” said Bermel. “This golf course is really tricky with the greens because it slopes funny. After playing 36 holes, I think we’ll putt better tomorrow.”

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