Jayhawks in Second at Bill Ross Intercollegiate
Oct. 18, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –
Nate Barbee shot a one-under par 71, while Chris Gilbert added a 73 to lead Kansas to a second-place standing after the first round of the Bill Ross Men’s Golf Intercollegiate Monday.
The Jayhawks are three strokes behind leader and tournament host UMKC. The second round was unable to be finished on Monday due to weather delays and darkness. There are about eight holes to finish in the second round before going on to the third and final round. The remainder of the second round and the entire third round will be played on Tuesday.
Barbee is tied for second, two shots behind the leader in the individual race, while Gilbert is tied for ninth. Jayhawks Jeff Bell and Doug Quinones are tied for 22nd at 75, while Alex Gutesha is tied for 46th at 78.
Three Jayhawks are playing as individuals, including Clay LaBrec, who is tied for 12th after a 74, Dan Waite, tied for 32nd at 76 and Jordan Lowery, tied for 42nd at 77.
Head coach Kit Grove knew his team had the potential to play well. After finishing in third place at the Colorado Invitational about three weeks ago, Grove hoped that was just the tip of the iceberg. The fourth-year coach might be witnessing his team hit their full potential.
“We did fine today,” Grove said. “We were pretty consistent throughout the day. As far as the afternoon went, all of our guys were within a few strokes of each other, so I’m guessing we will be on pace for similar numbers.”
Grove has known that it was only a matter of time before Barbee came into form and admitted that it was good to see him play up to his standards.
“He did well this morning,” Grove said. “He made all pars and a birdie in the afternoon too, so he’s at two-under for the tournament. I’m not sure what the other kids are doing, but I’m guessing that puts him close to the top. Each week he can shoot a round under par, and that really helps his confidence when he does that. He has been hitting good shot, but the key for him is trying to put it all together.”
The top five is competitive as Kansas is just one stroke ahead of third-place Central Arkansas, four strokes ahead of fourth-place Northern Iowa and five strokes ahead of fifth-place Creighton. Will Robson of UMKC led all individuals with a round of 69.
Bill Ross Intercollegiate
(First Round Results)
1. UMKC 291
2. Kansas 294
3. Central Arkansas 295
4. Northern Iowa 298
5. Creighton 299
1. Will Robson, UMKC 69
T2. Nate Barbee, Kansas 71
T2. Steve Lecuyer, Central Arkansas 71
T2. Viktor Mikaelsson, UMKC 71
Other Kansas Individuals
T9. Chris Gilbert 73
T22. Jeff Bell 75
T22. Doug Quinones 75
T46. Alex Gutesha 78