Jayhawk Golf Looks to End Fall Season on a High Note

Oct. 24, 2007

LAWRENCE, KAN. –

The Kansas men’s golf team, sporting its fifth line-up in five events, will try to build off its strong finish at the Prestige at PGA West as they wrap up their fall season at the Landfall Tradition. The 12-team Landfall Tradition will be conducted at the Jack Nicklaus Course (par-72, 7,130 yards) at the Country Club at Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

“We had a rough first part of the fall season, but we will try to build off our last round in Palm Springs and finish the season on a high note,” said head coach Kit Grove. “Landfall is a good course that is pretty hard so it will be a good test for us.”

The Jayhawks will be led by junior Walt Koelbel who leads the team with three rounds of par or better. Koelbel is the only Jayhawk to be featured in each of the line-ups thus far this season.

He will be joined by junior Zach Pederson and sophomore Bobby Knowles who are the only returning members of the team to compete in the 2006 Landfall Tradition. Knowles finished tied for 35th place at last year’s event. Pederson, who carries a scoring average of 75.75, finished in 58th place last year.

The line-up will be rounded out by freshman Nate Barbee and Brad Hopfinger who have been immediate contributors to the Jayhawks during the fall season. Hopfinger leads the team in scoring average at 74.56. Barbee has recorded the top-individual finish this year with a tied-for-eighth finish at the Kansas Invitational.

In last year’s Landfall Tradition, the Jayhawks finished in seventh place highlighted by top-10 finishes by graduated seniors Gary Woodland and Tyler Docking.

The 54-hole event will be conducted from Oct. 26-Oct. 28 with a single-round being played each day. Check back to kuathletics.com for a complete recap and results from the event.

Complete Field
UNC-Wilmington (Host)
Georgia Southern
Iowa
Kansas
Ohio State
Purdue
Tulsa
Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth
Virginia Tech
William & Mary
Xavier