Kansas Falls to Ninth in Second Round of Brickyard Collegiate
Oct. 6, 2012
MACON, Ga. – Senior Chris Gilbert shot his fifth-straight round of even-par or better with a 72 (E), but the Kansas men’s golf team posted an 11-over 299 to drop five spots in the standings to ninth place after two rounds of the Brickyard Collegiate at Riverside Golf Club Saturday.
“Quite honestly, what I think happened today is we played the par fives so poorly,” said Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel. “That really hurt us. Our counting fourth score was much higher with a 78 (+6), so that hurt, and we didn’t get anything under par.”
Gilbert’s round marked the best by a Jayhawk on the second day of the three-day event, but sophomore Stan Gautier continued to sit highest on the leaderboard, finishing in 10th place after 36 holes after his 2-over round of 74 gave him a two-round aggregate of 143 (-1). Senior Alex Gutesha recorded his second-straight round of 75 (+3), while the Jayhawks were forced to count sophomore Dylan McClure’s 78 (+6) as well. With one round remaining, Gilbert’s two-day total of 144 (E) put him one shot behind Gautier in a tie for 15th.
“He hits his irons really well and putts it fairly well,” said Bermel when asked about Gilbert’s streak of five-straight rounds of par or better. “Typically his ball is in play. He hit a bad tee shot into the trees on No. 1, but he made a nice 10-foot putt for par and that kind of kick-started his round. From there, he was just steady the rest of the way out. He’s experienced. He’s a senior and been around a long time. He does a good job of managing his game and managing his emotions.”
With Kansas only five shots out of fourth place, the Jayhawks will look to gain ground on the field in the final round Sunday.
“We just have to get ourselves off the tee better,” said Bermel. “Several of these par fives you can get there in two, but you can’t be sloppy with your tee shot, drive it poorly and complicate things. They get a little anxious up there and want to make eagle from the tee box. First things first, you have to get it in the fairway and put it in good position. We need to pay attention to that better tomorrow.”
Kansas will begin its final round Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Central.
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