Jayhawks Tie for Sixth in Kansas Invitational

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Sept. 21, 2010


Despite getting off to a great start in the third and final round of the Kansas Invitational, the Kansas men’s golf team was not able to finish the round the way they hoped and ended the tournament tied for sixth place with Kansas State. The Jayhawks shot a 293 on Tuesday at Alvamar Public Golf Course in Lawrence, giving them a final score of 887 for the tournament.

Oklahoma City shot a tournament-best 284 in the final round to give them a convincing 11 stroke victory over runner-up Nebraska. Louisiana Monroe’s Gustaf Kocken claimed medalist honors with a score of 212 for the tournament.

Sophomore Chris Gilbert led Kansas tying for 15th individually, with a score of 220. Junior Doug Quinones placed second individually among the Jayhawks tying for 24th at 222. Senior Nate Barbee tied for 31st at 224, as did sophomore Alex Gutesha. Freshman Bryce Brown rounded out the team with a score of 233 and a tie for 66th.

The main highlight Tuesday for the Jayhawks was Barbee’s round of 70. Barbee won the tournament last year, and head coach Kit Grove believes Barbee is getting close to where he needs to be.

“Nate shot a 70 today which is a darn good round,” Grove said on Tuesday. “He got out and got under par early and maintained it, so hopefully that’s another step in the right direction. As I said last week, he’s getting close but he’s not quite back there. He just needs to get a couple good rounds under his belt. Nobody works harder than he does. None of his rounds hurt anybody more than they hurt him. He’s a motivated kid and he’s a good kid. He just needs a couple more rounds like this.”

Grove believes that Gilbert also has room to improve as well.

“He was one or two under today at one point,” Grove said. “He then made a few sloppy bogeys coming in to shoot a 75. He’s close, but he just needs to finish out once or twice and things will get a lot easier for him.”

Finishing strong is not exclusive to individuals, as Grove was disappointed with the way his team ended the day and expects them to improve in that area.

“Early on, it actually looked pretty good,” Grove said. “Through 12 holes, I think everybody was at even par or better. But it’s one of those deals where we dropped 11 shots coming into the house and you can’t do that. That’s probably been the most frustrating thing. That’s how we’ve been doing things and we get them out there and we are trying to pump them up as best as we can, because we know they’re playing hard. But it was one of those days where if we got back into the house at four or five under, we could have leapfrogged up there to about fourth. But we ended tied for sixth, and on your home course, I’m not happy with that.”

The team is back in action on September 27-28 when it travels to Erie, Colorado to participate in the Colorado Invitational.

Team Results

1 Oklahoma City 292-289-284–865

2 Nebraska 290-288-298–876

3 UMKC 294-292-292–878

4 Missouri State 292-293-295–880

5 ULM 298-298-290–886

T6 Kansas 291-303-293–887

Individual Results

1 Gustaf Kocken (ULM) 69-72-71–212

2 Sondre Ronold (OK. City) 69-74-71–214

3 Mike Coatman (Nebraska) 68-75-72–215

Kansas Individuals

T15 Chris Gilbert 71-74-75–220

T20 Jeff Bell (Ind.) 73-73-75–221

T24 Doug Quinones 72-78-72–222

T31 Nate Barbee 80-74-70–224

T31 Alex Gutesha 71-77-76–224

T35 Jordan Lowery (Ind.) 71-77-77–225

T45 Dan Waite (Ind.) 73-75-80–228

T51 David Catt (Ind.) 75-75-79–229

T66 Bryce Brown 77-80-76–233

T69 Clay LaBrec (Ind.) 82-79-73–234