Kansas concludes Big 12 Championship with best round of weekend
Despite having his highest round for the championship (75), KU redshirt freshman Jeff Doty was able to finish as the Jayhawks top competitor in his first conference postseason appearance. Doty’s eight birdies over the three rounds were tied for the most by any KU competitor for the championship. Doty’s three-round 214 (+4) score placed him in a tie for 21st place overall in the 50-player field.
Second on KU’s leaderboard for the weekend was sophomore Harry Hillier. In his second opportunity competing at the Big 12 Championship, he finished with a three-round 215 (+5). That was good enough to place him one stroke behind Doty in the standings and tied him for 23rd overall.
Jayhawk junior Andy Spencer strung together the Jayhawks’ best individual round of the tournament, tying his lowest round total of the 2018-19 season with a 67 (-3). Spencer utilized a strong back nine where he birdied four of the nine holes and he posted a team-high six birdies on the day. Thanks to his 3-under performance, Spencer was able to finish the tournament 12-over (222) and tie for 42nd place.
Spencer wasn’t the only Jayhawk to post his best score in round three. Senior Charlie Hillier and sophomore Ben Sigel also compiled their best rounds of the championship. Charlie Hillier carded three birdies on the back nine to help put together an even-par round (70). That helped him gain sole possession of 41st place at 221. Meanwhile, Sigel was shot 71 (+1) in his third round, which rose him five spots to finish tied for 36th overall at 219 (+9).
No. 1 Oklahoma State finished as the Big 12 Champion after posting a 13-under (827) total score for the weekend. In second place was No. 33 TCU who was the only other team to finish below par at 2-under (838). No. 6 Texas and No. 7 Oklahoma tied for third at 842 (+2). TCU’s Hayden Springer claimed medalist honors with a three-round 202 (-8), which was one shot better than Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma State.
KU will now head home and wait to see where they will be going for the NCAA regionals (May 13-15). The national committee selection announcement is scheduled to be made on Wednesday, May 1, at 8 p.m. (Central) on the Golf Channel.
- Junior Andy Spencer led the team with six birdies on Sunday.
- Senior Charlie Hillier recorded his tournament best four birdies in round three.
- Sophomore Ben Sigel carded two birdies in his 18 holes.
- Redshirt freshman Jeff Doty finished with two birdies.
- Sophomore Harry Hillier had one birdie on the day.
Head Coach Jamie Bermel
Q: What did you think of the overall team performance today?
A: “We played better today. We gave a few shots away the last couple of holes but a couple of the holes were fairly difficult overall.”
Q: What is the mindset now moving forward?
A: “We have a couple of weeks off before Regionals. We need to get guys rested up and get them ready for finals and obviously Regionals.”
|1||Oklahoma State (1)||-13 (827)|
|2||TCU (33)||-2 (838)|
|T3||Texas (6)||+2 (842)|
|T3||Oklahoma (7)||+2 (842)|
|5||Texas Tech (10)||+4 (844)|
|6||Baylor (25)||+6 (846)|
|7||Kansas State||+7 (847)|
|8||Iowa State (31)||+16 (856)|
|9||KANSAS (29)||+20 (860)|
|10||West Virginia (48)||+24 (864)|
|1||Hayden Springer (96)||TCU||-8 (202)|
|2||Viktor Hovland (3)||OKSU||-7 (203)|
|T3||David Ravetto||TCU||-6 (204)|
|T3||Cole Hammer (11)||TX||-6 (204)|
|T21||Jeff Doty||+4 (214)|
|T23||Harry Hillier||+5 (215)|
|T36||Ben Sigel||+9 (219)|
|41||Charlie Hillier||+11 (221)|
|T42||Andy Spencer||+12 (222)|