Gutesha Leads Jayhawks On Rainy Monday at Cardinal Intercollegiate
Sept. 26, 2011
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – Alex Gutesha posted an opening round of 71 to tie for 12th-place on a rain-shortened Monday in the Cardinal Intercollegiate hosted by Louisville. As a team, Kansas shot a 299, 11-over par, which put them in 14th out of 18 teams at the end of day one at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.
After heavy overnight rain carried into the early hours of Monday morning, the first day of play did not begin until noon and was reduced from 36 to 18 holes. The event will now consist of only two rounds with the final round being played as scheduled Tuesday morning. Kansas head coach Kit Grove said the amount of rain did not affect the scores too much, but it did put a premium on ball striking.
“The golf course was a little soft, so it played a little bit longer,” said Grove. “The greens were in good shape, and there wasn’t an abundance of wind. As soft as it was, you have to be pretty solid in your ball striking. You have to make sure you’re making good, clean contact with the ball. Your distances may vary a little bit, but as a whole, the golf course was very receptive today.”
Senior Doug Quinones carded the second-best score for the Jayhawks Monday with a 74, while junior Chris Gilbert was close behind with a 75. Quinones and Gilbert ended the day tied for 32nd and 44th, respectively.
Despite being in 14th place, Kansas is only five shots out of the top five entering the final day, meaning the team standings could change drastically Tuesday.
“As soft as the golf course is, you can be pretty aggressive if you’re hitting the ball solid,” said Grove. “I told the team tonight that if everybody goes out there and keeps grinding, this golf course can yield pretty good scores. If we can post something under-par as a team, then we can certainly salvage a decent finish.”
The Cardinal Intercollegiate will conclude with the second round, which will begin with a shotgun start Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
Cardinal Club Golf Course – Par 72 – 7,036 Yards
1. UALR — 283
2. Northern Illinois – 287
3. DePaul — 290
4. Louisville – 292
T5. Austin Peay — 294
T5. Bowling Green — 294
T5. Wisconsin — 294
T5. Dayton – 294
T9. Four teams tied at 295
14. KANSAS — 299
T1. Nicklaus Benton (UALR) — 67
T1. Brian Fister (Eastern Kentucky) 67
T3. Justin Dorward (Louisville) — 68
T3. Alfred Kerstis (UALR) — 68
T5. Anthony Aicher (Wisconsin) — 69
T5. Russell Budd (DePaul) — 69
T5. Nick Schiavi (Northern Illinois) – 69
T8. Four golfers at 70
T12. Alex Gutesha — 71
T32. Doug Quinones — 74
T44. Chris Gilbert — 75
T75. Paul Harris — 79
T83. Dylan McClure — 80