Jayhawks Tied for Third after Round Two of Colorado Invitational

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ERIE, Colo. – After round two at the Colorado Invitational, the Kansas men’s golf team is tied for third place with a score of 583, only seven strokes behind leader New Mexico and just three strokes behind second place Colorado State. San Diego State also posted a score of 583, putting them in a tie with Kansas.

Senior Jeff Bell who is competing in his first tournament this season, led the way for the Jayhawks with a 143, putting him in a tie for sixth place among all individuals. Sophomore Alex Gutesha also fared well, firing a 146 through two rounds. Sophomore Chris Gilbert shot a 147, senior Nate Barbee shot a 148, and junior Doug Quinones rounded things out for the team with a score of 150.

Head coach Kit Grove has always known his team was capable of competing for a tournament win and he was pleased that his squad is playing to their abilities.

“All our guys were within a few strokes of each other,” Grove said. “It’s nice to be in this position. This is what we have been expecting all year, we should be competing week in and week out. Hopefully this is just the tip of the iceberg. We need our guys to play to their capabilities and they did that today.”

The Jayhawks were able to overcome some difficult weather conditions. Winds ranged from 20-25 mph and had gusts up to 30 mph on Monday.

“It was pretty darn windy this morning,” Grove said. “It was a little ironic, we seemed to play better when the wind was really blowing. When the wind died down, we didn’t play nearly as well.”

Kansas stands in the middle of a tight race, as only 10 strokes separate the first place team and the sixth place team.

“Near the top, there are six teams who are all very close,” Grove said. “We certainly need another good round on Tuesday to stay in contention.”

The third and final round will take place on Tuesday, beginning at 8 AM. Mark Hubbard of San Jose State led all individuals on Monday with a two-round score of 139.

Team Standinds

1 New Mexico–300-276–576

2 Colorado State–296-284–580

T3 Kansas–296-287–583

T3 San Jose State–296-297–583

Individual Standings

1 Mark Hubbard (San Jose State)–69-70–139

T2 Luke Symons (Colorado)–70-72–142

T2 Sam Chavez (New Mexico)–76-66–142

T2 Troy Sidabras (Northern Colorado)–68-74–142

T2 Gaston De La Torre (New Mexico State)–69-73–142

T6 Jeff Bell (Kansas)–70-73—143

Kansas Individuals

T6 Jeff Bell—70-73—143

T14 Alex Gutesha—75-71—146

T23 Chris Gilbert—76-71—147

T29 Nate Barbee—75-73—148

T43 Doug Quinones—78-72–150