Jayhawks Tied for 15th After Day One at Saint Mary's Invitational

Sept. 10, 2007


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The Kansas men’s golf team opened its season by shooting rounds of 311 and 300 to finish in a tie for 15th place after day one at the Saint Mary’s Invitational. The Jayhawks were led by sophomore Bobby Knowles and freshman Nate Barbee who opened with first-day scores of 151 to tie for 47th place.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

“This obviously wasn’t the start we were looking for, but we are still very young and untested,” said head coach Kit Grove. “There is no excuse to how we played in the morning round.”

Barbee, a true freshman hailing from Dakota Dunes, SD, led the Jayhawks in round one with a 74. He followed that up with an afternoon score of 74.

“I am quite pleased with how Nate (Barbee) played today and I think he will be a heck of player for us going forward,” said Grove.

Sophomore Zach Pederson shot a pair of 77’s to finish the day tied for 63rd place. Junior Walt Koelbel and sophomore Patrick Roth finished the day in solid fashion by posting second-round 74’s. Koelbel finished day one tied for 82nd with 158 strokes and Roth finished tied for 92nd with 163 strokes.

“I really think our guys struggled in the morning with the greens,” said Grove. “It is still a good course and with the great conditions we had today we need to play better tomorrow.”

The Jayhawks will conclude play tomorrow with the final round at the St. Mary’s Invitational. Check back to kuathletics.com for complete results.