Kansas In Fifth After Two Rounds of Play
Oct. 25, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M. –
After two rounds of play at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, Kansas’ men’s golf team is tied for fifth place with a score of 585. KU shot a team score of 295 in round one and 290 in round two on Monday. Boise State also posted a score of 585 for the day. The Jayhawks are 11 strokes behind leader New Mexico State and five strokes ahead of seventh place Weber State.
Sohpomore Alex Gutesha highlighted the day for Kansas as he is in a tie for sixth place among all individuals, shooting a 72 in the first round and a 70 in the second round. Senior Nate Barbee, coming off his win at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate tied for 25th. Barbee struggled in the first round with a 79, but managed to gain some ground by firing an impressive 69 in round two. Sophomore Chris Gilbert is also tied for 25th as he began the day with a 75 and ended with a 73. Senior Jeff Bell is tied for 46th shooting a 74 in round one and a 78 in round two. Junior Doug Quinones caps things off in a tie for 60th with scores of 74 and 80 in round one and round two, respectively.
Head coach Kit Grove was disappointed his team got off to a slow start, but was pleased with the way his team battled back, despite tough conditions.
“We got off to a pretty slow start this morning,” Grove said. “We just kind of came out flat. The wind kicked in around 10:30 a.m. about two or two and a half hours after we started. We were pretty average coming in, but some of our guys were doing good things. Alex, Nate, and Chris played pretty well coming in considering they were fighting 25 mile per hour winds all afternoon. They gave us an opportunity to improve our round.”
Gutesha posted the best score out of the KU individuals and Grove believed that was due to the fact that he was hitting the ball with strong consistency.
“Alex struck the ball very well today,” Grove said. “When conditions are bad, you can kind of combat that by striking the ball well. When you hit the ball in the wrong spot, that’s when tough conditions can really hurt you. So I think he had an advantage today.”
Grove expects a solid third round out of his team on Tuesday and thinks they have a good chance to move up a couple of spots.
“I checked the forecast and the winds won’t be quite as high on Tuesday,” Grove said. “I hope we can shoot somewhere around par tomorrow. If there is some wind, I think that could maybe give us an advantage. Hopefully we can find our way into the top three.”
The tournament host New Mexico State is in the lead with a score of 574. Washington State is in second with a score of 575 and UNLV is in third place with a score of 577. Timothy Madigan of New Mexico State leads all individuals with a score of 136, an impressive six-under-par.
Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Results (Through Round Two)
1. New Mexico State-276-298–574
2. Washington State-287-288–575
1. Timothy Madigan (NMSU)-63-73–136
2. Matt Rawitzer (Idaho)-68-70–138
3. Keaton Woodland (Weber State)-69-71–140
T6. Alex Gutesha (Kansas)-72-70–142
T6. Alex Gutesha-72-70–142
T25. Nate Barbee-79-69–148
T25. Chris Gilbert-75-73–148
T46. Jeff Bell-74-78–152
T60. Doug Quinones-74-80–154