Brown in 12th After Two Rounds At Bill Ross Intercollegiate

Oct. 15, 2012

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Competing as an individual, Kansas men’s golfer Bryce Brown birdied his final two holes to move to 12th place with a two-round total of 145 (+1) after the first day of the Bill Ross Intercollegiate at Milburn Golf and Country Club Monday.

Brown and freshman Prem Ben Samritpricha competed as individuals at the 14-team, 78-player event hosted by UMKC. Brown opened the tournament with a 2-over 74 to sit in 25th after the morning round and followed it with a second-round 71 (-1), which included back-to-back birdies to climb eight spots on the leaderboard on his way to the clubhouse.

“Nos. 16 and 17 are a short par-4 and a reachable par-5,” said Kansas assistant coach Zach Zaremba, referring to Brown’s final two holes after the junior began his day on No. 18. “Bryce hits it really far, so those are two good holes for him. He took advantage, and that’s what you have to do when you get yourself in good position. I was proud of him for finishing that way. Honestly, if he would have got the most out of his round, he could be in contention right now. He played solid all day.”

Making his collegiate debut, Samritpricha finished the day tied for 29th with rounds of 75 and 74 for a 36-hole aggregate of 149 (+5). A native of Bangkok, Thailand, the freshman’s day featured a few highlights, including an eagle on the par-5, 542-yard No. 8 after he stuck a 5-wood within five feet on his second shot. Samritpricha also closed his first round with consecutive birdies to recover from a double bogey on the par-4, 387-yard No. 14.

“The double bogey was a little unnecessary,” said Zaremba. “As a freshman, you have to learn how to control the bad holes a little better, take your medicine and make bogey at worst, but he made a very nice comeback. Seventy-seven to 75 is a big difference. He obviously has room to learn and grow as a player, but he hit a lot of good shots. Overall it was a decent first tournament.”

Brown and Samritpricha will both look to improve their position in the final round Tuesday, which begins at 8 a.m. The next team event for Kansas men’s golf is the Herb Wimblerly Intercollegiate Oct. 22-23 in Las Cruces, N.M.