Jayhawks Enter Final Round at Fairway Club Invitational in Third Place

Sept. 14, 2009


Three returning members of the Kansas men’s golf team helped guide the Jayhawks to a third-place finish after the first two rounds at the Fairway Club Invitational at Arbor Links Golf Course.

Seniors Bryan Hackenberg and Patrick Roth, along with junior Nate Barbee, will enter the final round of play in the top-10 amongst individuals.

“I am very excited with the way we played today and were able to score well in perfect conditions on a great golf course,” said head coach Kit Grove. “We were able to shoot even-par as a team this morning and I think that is the first time we have done that since I have been the coach.”

Hackenberg shot a pair of rounds under par to shoot a first-day total of 141 and is tied for fourth place. Barbee also is tied for fourth place after firing a 69 in the second round.

“Nate (Barbee) didn’t putt as well as he is capable of putting in the first 27 holes, but he was still able to have a very solid day because he is striking the ball so well right now,” said Grove.

Roth carded rounds of 71 and 73 to tie for seventh entering the final day of play.

Freshmen Chris Gilbert and Alex Gutesha both fired rounds of par or better in the first rounds of their collegiate careers. Gilbert followed up his opening round 72 with a 74 and is tied for 17th place. Gutesha is tied for 26th place after carding rounds of 71 and 77.

Sophomores Ian Anson and Blake Giroux are competing in the event as individuals. Anson shot a 151 during the two rounds today and is tied for 39th. Giroux is tied for 61st with 159 strokes.

Kansas is trailing the leader Drake by nine strokes entering the final round. Ben Freeman of Drake is leading the event with 134 strokes after two rounds of play.

The final round of play will begin with a shotgun at 8:30 a.m. CST. Check back to kuathletics.com for a complete recap and results from the final round at the Fairway Club Invitational.

Team Leaderboard

1. Drake 279-283—562

2. Nebraska 282-283—565

3. Kansas 284-284—571

4. Illinois St. 291-287—578

5. UMKC 301-290—591

Player Leaderboard

1. Ben Freeman, Drake 68-66—134

2. Cody Schweinefeus, Drake 69-68—137

3. Andrew Wyatt, Nebraska 68-71—139

T4. Nate Barbee, Kansas 72-69—141

T4. Bryan Hackenberg, Kansas 70-71—141

T7. Patrick Roth, Kansas 71-73—144

T17. Chris Gilbert, Kansas 72-74—146

T26. Alex Gutesha, Kansas 71-77—148

T39. Ian Anson, Kansas 79-72—151

T61. Blake Giroux, Kansas 82-77—159