Kansas Finishes Second Behind Two Top-Five Finishes

Oct. 9, 2006


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Behind the strong performances of senior Gary Woodland and sophomore Zach Pederson, Kansas finished second at the Windon Memorial Classic. The Jayhawks overcame a tough conditions at Skokie Country Club (Glencoe, Ill.) to finish at 895 (306-290-299) strokes over the three rounds of play.

Senior Gary Woodland shot a final-round score of 74 to complete the tournament with 216 strokes and secure second place. This marks his third top-10 finish in the three tournaments in the three tournaments the Jayhawks have competed in this fall.

Sophomore Zach Pederson stole the show on the final day after firing a tournament-low score of 66, vaulting himself into a third-place finish with 217 (74-77-66) strokes. The third-place finish is his best finish as a collegiate. Pederson’s round of 66 is the low-mark for his career and the low-round for any Jayhawk thus far in the fall season. His sensational final round included four birdies and an eagle.

“I am very pleased with our finish today,” said Coach Ross Randall. “We had two really good finishes in Gary (Woodland) and Zach (Pederson). Both of them played very well. Zach’s round of 66 was a very dominating round and was the best score of the day by four strokes. Overall I have very happy becuase this is our best finish in this tournament in the last 10 years, and we beat several ranked teams in the process.”

Colt Knost of SMU finished with 211 strokes and was crowned the individual champion. He led SMU to the team title with 881 combined strokes. Kansas was followed by Illinois in the team standings and there was a three-way tie between Kent State, Michigan State and Colorado for fourth place to round out the top-five.

Senior Tyler Docking shot a final-round score of 79 to finish the tournament with 234 (82-73-79) strokes and finished in a tie for 43rd. Freshman Bobby Knowles finished in a tie for 49th after completing the tournament with 237 (77-73-87) strokes. Sophomore Walt Koelbel carded a final-round 80 and finished the tournament with 238 (83-75-80) strokes good for a tie for 51st.

The Jayhawks will once again be in action on Oct. 16-17 when they will travel to LaQuinta, Calif. to compete in the Prestige at PGA West.