Kansas Holds Lead after First Day at Kansas Invitational

Sept. 18, 2006


The University of Kansas men’s golf team completed second round play at the Kansas Invitational in strong fashion shooting a team total of 287 for the second consecutive round. Kansas currently stands at two-under par as a team for the tournament.

After two rounds of play the Jayhawks hold a 10-stroke advantage over second place Iowa State. Houston, Nebraska and UC Davis round out the top-five after day one.

Senior Gary Woodland once again led the Jayhawks after he carded his second round under par of the day with a 68 in round two. Woodland, aTopeka, Kan. native, totaled 135 strokes after day one and holds a six-stroke edge heading into final-round play. Jordan Irwin of Houston and Louie Bishop of UC Davis are currently tailing Woodland in the individual standings.

“We played very well today considering the tough conditions with the wind and the fast greens,” said Coach Ross Randall. “Gary played very well for us, but all the guys contributed to our efforts. We just need to go out tomorrow and play well again and get the job done.”

Senior Tyler Docking joins Woodland in the top-five after using 144 strokes to complete both rounds of play to earn a tie for 4th. Freshman Bobby Knowles continues his strong start to his Jayhawk career after shooting rounds of 74 and 72 to place him in a tie for 12th place. Sophomore Zach Pederson shot a two-round total of 149 to claim a tie for 25th. Senior Barrett Martens is tied for 85th after shooting a first-day total of 162.

Several Jayhawks are competiting in the tournament as individuals including freshman Patrick Roth and David Cosel who are making their Kansas debuts. Roth completed two strong rounds to end with a total of 144 placing him in a tie for 12th place. David Cosel, used an eagle during his second round of play, to help give him a two-round total of 157 and a tie for 66th. Sophomore Walt Koelbel shot rounds of 82 and 78 to complete a first-day total of 160 and a tie for 81st place.

The Jayhawks were able to take advantage of the par-fives at Alvamar Golf Club finishing with a score of 18-under par on the par-fives after day one. Gary Woodland was especially effective on the par-fives with seven birdies after two rounds of play.

The final round of play is slated to begin at 8:30 using a shotgun start. For complete first-day results click here.