Jayhawks Finish Sixth in Shortened Fairway Club Invitational

Sept. 14, 2010


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Poor weather conditions Monday forced the participants of the Fairway Club Invitational to end their rounds early, hoping that they could be made up on the second day of play. Due to time constraints, the tournament only ended up lasting two rounds as opposed to three. Kansas’ men’s golf team ended the day with a score of 293, giving them a total score of 591 and placing them sixth overall. Head coach Kit Grove was disappointed that the tournament was called early.

“It was disappointing to not finish,” Grove said. “I think we could have played 54 holes and still gotten done at a decent time. But it wasn’t my call.”

Not all was lost for the Jayhawks, as they shot five strokes better than they did in round one. Junior Doug Quinones was the clear standout for the team as he finished in a tie for second place individually and was only one stroke behind the individual winner.

“Doug made 13 birdies in two days,” Grove said. “That’s an awful lot for 36 holes. He has plenty of offense, but he also made some doubles and triples. We want to keep him doing all the good things and minimizing the mistakes. For this only being his second tournament at KU, we really can’t ask for much more.”

The team returns home today and will host the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence beginning September 20. Grove admitted that playing at home will be nice, but he also expects to change things up a little bit before the tournament starts.

“We should have an advantage playing at home,” he said. “I think the lineup will change a little bit. We’re not getting production out of some guys so (assistant coach John) Handrigan and I will have to look at some things and go from there.”

Grove likes what he sees from a handful of his players and hopes that their play will continue to progress.

“Chris (Gilbert) has been playing solid,” Grove said. “He has been shooting some good rounds. Nate (Barbee) is close to getting back to the way we know he’s capable of playing. We just need a little more help from some of the other guys.”

The Kansas Invitational will begin next Monday, Sept. 20 and will be played at Alvamar Golf and Country Club in Lawrence. The tournament will consist of two days and 54 holes.

UMKC won the tournament with a score of 576. Missouri State finished second with a score of 579 and Nebraska finished in third place scoring 582. Mike Coatman of Nebraska led all individuals with a score of 141.

Kansas Invitational results can be accessed live at golfstat.com.

Fairway Club Invitational Results

Team Standings

1 UMKC 285-291–576

2 Missouri State 291-288–579

3 Nebraska 296-286–582

4 Central Arkansas 292-295–587

5 Illinois State 292-298–590

6 Kansas 298-293–591

Individual Leaders

1 Mike Coatman (Nebraska) 73-68–141

T2 Austin Miller (Creighton) 72-70–142

T2 Doug Quinones (Kansas) 72-70–142

4 Tim Harwood (Western Illinois) 71-72—143

Kansas Individuals

T2 Doug Quinones 72-70–142

T22 Chris Gilbert 78-71–149

T22 Nate Barbee 74-75–149

T49 David Catt 77-77–154

T54 Dan Waite 75-80–155