Jayhawks Tie for Fifth at the Prestige at PGA West

Oct. 17, 2006


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Behind three strong final-round performances, the Kansas men’s golf team finished in a fifth place tie at the Prestige at PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif. Seniors Gary Woodland and Tyler Docking carded final-round scores of 70 and 67, respectively, to finish in a tie for 4th place. Sophomore Zach Pederson rounded out the Jayhawks strong showing by firing a three-under score in the final round.

As a team, the Jayhawks shot a tournament score of 877 (301-294-282) to finish in a tie for fifth place along with No. 1 USC. The tournament was comprised of a field of eight of the top 50 teams in the country. Kansas was able to top ranked teams Notre Dame, Colorado and Illinois.

Senior Gary Woodland, currently ranked No. 14 in the country by Golfweek, completed his third top-five finish of the year after finishing the tournament with 211 strokes. Fellow senior Tyler Docking matched his best finish of the year, after also finishing fourth at the Kansas Invitational. He shot eight-under over the last two rounds and finished with 211 strokes.

“We played very well today shooting six-under as a team,” said Coach Ross Randall. “I am quite pleased with our results. We managed to tie the No. 1 team in the country and defeated Colorado, who was the only team in our district competing in the tournament. Tyler and Gary both had very good tournaments for us.”

Co-host Stanford held onto its second-round lead and was crowned champion of the event. The Cardinal was followed by UCLA, UC-Irvine and Minnesota, while Kansas and USC rounded out the top-five. Zack Miller of Stanford took home the individual crown. Jay Choe of UC-Irvine and and Lucas Lee of UCLA tied for second place.

Zach Pederson shot himself up more than 20 spots on the leaderboard and finished in a tie for 31st after his three-under score in the final round. Senior Barrett Martens shot a final-round 76 to finish in a tie for 66th with 235 strokes. Freshman Bobby Knowles finished in a tie for 70th after completing the tournament with 238 strokes.

The Jayhawks will wrap up their fall season on Oct. 27-29 when they travel to Wilmington, N.C., to compete in the Landfall Tradition.