Jayhawks Finish in Third at Colorado Invitational
Sept. 28, 2010
ERIE, Colo. –
After finishing its first three tournaments of the season with sixth place finishes in all three of them, the Kansas men’s golf team started its second half of the fall season off on the right foot at the Colorado Invitational, finishing the tournament with a score of 869 en route to a third place finish.
Senior Jeff Bell took charge for the Jayhawks tying for 10th among all individuals with a 54 hole score of 216. This was Bell’s first tournament of the season and head coach Kit Grove was certainly pleased with what he saw.
“We’re very happy for Jeff,” Grove said. “He got off to a great start but had a few hiccups here and there, but overall, he did great and I am happy for him.”
All the Jayhawks finished within a few strokes of each other. Senior Nate Barbee finished the tournament with a 217, sophomore Chris Gilbert was right behind with a 218, sophomore Alex Gutesha finished with a 219 and junior Doug Quinones rounded out the team with a 223.
After a few rocky tournaments to start the year, Grove feels a little bit of satisfaction knowing what his team can do when they play to their capabilities.
“We were much better this tournament,” Grove said. “The most frustrating thing from my end is that we know we’ve got kids who can play, but they haven’t been playing. There were some really tough conditions in this tournament and we were kind of the class of it, we hung in there and are very pleased.”
New Mexico won the tournament with a 859 and Colorado State came in second place with a score of 860. Mark Hubbard of San Jose State earned medalist honors with a score of 209, a very impressive seven-under-par.
Kansas has some time off before it competes again. The Jayhawks’ next tournament is the Bill Ross Intercollegiate in Kansas City on October 18-19.
1 New Mexcio–300-276-283–859
2 Colorado State–296-284-280–860
1 Mark Hubbard (San Jose State)–69-70-70–209
2 Travis Ross (New Mexico)–74-69-68–211
T3 Gaston De La Torre (New Mexico State)–69-73-70–213
T3 Matt Hovan (San Jose State)–73-71-68–213
T10 Jeff Bell–70-73-73–216
T15 Nate Barbee–75-73-69–217
T18 Chris Gilbert–76-71-71–218
T20 Alex Gutesha–75-71-73–219
T38 Doug Quinones–78-72-73–223