Giroux Paces Jayhawks During Day One at Cardinal Intercollegiate

Sept. 29, 2008


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Blake Giroux fired the best two rounds of his young Jayhawk career to lead the Kansas men’s golf team to a fifth place finish after day one at the Cardinal Intercollegiate at the Cardinal Club hosted by the University of Louisville.

Giroux fired rounds of 69 and 68 to finish day one tied for third place. The team shot consecutive under-par rounds of 285 and 286 to trail the co-leaders Denver and Louisville by 10 strokes entering the final round of play.

“This is the best 36 holes that we have played as a team in a very long while,” said head coach Kit Grove. “The course was playing very fast today and we were able to get some shorter clubs in our hands and we capitalized on our opportunities.”

Senior Walt Koelbel was able to overcome a broken driver on the first hole of the event to shoot rounds of 72 and 69 and is tied for 10th place. Koelbel’s second-round 69 marks his second under-par round of the year.

Sophomore Nate Barbee fired his fourth under-par round of the year in round one with a 68 and followed that up with a 74 to tie for 17th after two rounds of play. Senior Andrew Storm and freshman Ian Anson both shot rounds of 76 and 75 to tie for 56th place after day one.

The Jayhawks 36-hole score of 571 is their lowest 36-hole score to begin a tournament since the 2008 Hawaii-Hilo Invitational. Giroux’s two-round score of 137 is the lowest 36-hole start for a Jayhawk since the 2007 Louisiana Classics when former Jayhawk Gary Woodland fired rounds of 70 and 65 for a 135 through 36 holes.

Denver’s Espen Kofstad shot a combined score of 11-under par during day one to claim the individual lead. Trey Bowling of Eastern Kentucky currently sits in second place, trailing Kofstad by two strokes entering the final round of play.

The final round of play will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. EST. Check back to for a complete recap and results of the final round of play a the Cardinal Intercollegiate.

Team Leaderboard

T1. Denver (284-277–561)

T1. Louisville (281-280–561)

3. Eastern Kentucky (278-286–564)

4. Indiana (286-282–568)

5. Kansas (285-286–571)

Player Leaderboard

1. Espen Kofstat, Denver (67-66–133)

2. Trey Bowling, Eastern Kentucky (65-70–135)

T3. Blake Giroux, Kansas (69-68–137)

T3. Adam Hadwin, Louisville (68-69–137)

T5. Robert Streb, Kansas St. (69-69–138)

T5. Mike Van Sickle, Marquette (68-70–138)

T5. Joe Kastelic, Cincinnati (70-68–138)

T10. Walt Koelbel, Kansas (72-69–141)

T17. Nate Barbee, Kansas (68-74–142)

T56. Ian Anson, Kansas (76-75–151)

T56. Andrew Storm, Kansas (76-75–151)