Jayhawks Finish Eighth at the Landfall Tradition

Oct. 28, 2007


Brad Hopfinger led the Jayhawks at the Landfall Tradition by carding a final-round 72, finishing tied for 12th place and a new career-best finish. The Jayhawks fired a 300 as a team moving up two spots to tie for eighth place at the Jack Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The Jayhawks wrapped up the fall portion of their schedule by recording their top-team finish outside of the Kansas Invitational.

“Brad played really well for us and this is his second straight solid tournament which is a great sign for a freshman golfer,” said head coach Kit Grove. “Now we need to head into a little bit of a break and shore up some things for the spring season.”

Freshman Nate Barbee wrapped up his solid fall season by carding a final-round score of 74 to finish tied for 22nd. Junior Zach Pederson shot a final-day 78 to finish tied for 29th.

Junior Walt Koelbel and sophomore Bobby Knowles both capped off their fall campaigns by shooting final-round scores of 77. Koelbel finished in 50th place, while Knowles tied for 53rd place.

Virginia Tech overcame an 11-stroke deficit to come back and tie Tulsa for team championship honors. Nicholas Geyger of Tulsa did hold onto his individual lead, finishing the tournament with a three-day score of 207.

The Jayhawks will be out of action until they begin the spring portion of their schedule on Feb. 7 when they head to Hawaii to compete in the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational.

Team Leaderboard

T1. Tulsa (286-285-301–872)

T1. Virginia Tech (300-282-290–872)

T3. Ohio State (295-286-294–875)

T3. Iowa (298-291-286–875)

5. Georgia Southern (292-291-306–889)

T8. Kansas (308-295-300–903)

Individual Leaderboard

1. Nicholas Geyger, Tulsa (67-68-72–207)

2. Bo Coconis, Ohio State (71-68-73–212)

3. Todd Larson, Iowa (75-71-67–213)

4. Patrick Simard, Ohio State (72-71-72–215)

T12. Brad Hopfinger, Kansas (78-70-72–220)

T22. Nate Barbee, Kansas (78-72-74–224)

T29. Zach Pederson, Kansas (75-74-78–227)

50. Walt Koelbel, Kansas (77-79-77–233)

T53. Bobby Knowles (80-81-77–238)