Jayhawks Notch Seventh-Place Finish at Cardinal Intercollegiate

Sept. 30, 2008


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Blake Giroux fired a final-round 73 to turn in the first top-10 finish of his Jayhawk career and lead the Kansas men’s golf team to a seventh-place finish at the Cardinal Intercollegiate at the Cardinal Club.

The Jayhawks fired a final-round 286 for their third consecutive under-par round of the event and finished the event with 857 strokes. Louisville, the host school, won the event with a three-round score of 834.

“The scores were very low today and I wish we could have gone a few shots lower, but to have three guys finish in the top-20 is a major sign of progress for us,” said head coach Kit Grove. “I am also very pleased that Blake was able to get a top-10 finish in only his third collegiate event.”

Sophomore Nate Barbee fired a final-round 69 to finish the event tied for 15th place. The Dakota Dunes, S.D. native, has now finished in the top-20 in seven of his 13 career collegiate events.

Senior Walt Koelbel shot a 72 to finish the event tied for 18th place. Koelbel shot par or better in all three rounds of the event. The Jayhawks shot eight rounds of par or better as a team in the event.

Freshman Ian Anson carded a 72 to finish the event tied for 48th place. Senior Andrew Storm shot a third-round 75 to finish tied for 58th place.

The Jayhawks team-total of 857 is their lowest 54-hole team score since the 2007 Wyoming Cowboy Classic when they fired an 854. Giroux’s 54-hole score of 210 is the top individual 54-hole score since former Jayhawk Gary Woodland’s 54-hole score of 206 at the 2007 Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

Trey Bowling of Eastern Kentucky won medalist honors with a 16-under par score of 200 over the two-day event. Eastern Kentucky finished tied for runner-up in the event with Kansas St.

The Jayhawks will wrap up the fall portion of their schedule when they travel to Dallas, Texas to compete in the Baylor Intercollegiate Oct. 27-28. Check back to kuathletics.com for complete coverage of the 2008-09 Kansas men’s golf season.

Team Leaderboard

1. Louisville (281-280-273—834)

T2. Eastern Kentucky (278-286-279—843)

T2. Kansas St. (289-283-271—843)

4. Denver (284-277-285—846)

5. Indiana (286-282-280—848)

7. Kansas (285-286-286—857)

Player Leaderboard

1. Trey Bowling, Eastern Kentucky (65-70-65—200)

2. Robert Streb, Kansas St. (69-69-66—204)

3. Espen Kofstad, Denver (67-66-72—205)

T4. Adam Hadwin, Louisville (68-69-69—206)

T4. Mike Van Sickle, Marquette (68-70-68—206)

T9. Blake Giroux, Kansas (69-68-73—210)

T15. Nate Barbee, Kansas (68-74-69—211)

T18. Walt Koelbel, Kansas (72-69-72—213)

T48. Ian Anson, Kansas (76-75-72—223)

T58. Andrew Storm, Kansas (76-75-75—226)