Darkness only thing to slow down KU at Desert Mountain

Desert Mountain Intercollegiate
Desert Mountain, Outlaw Course| Scottsdale, Ariz.
Par-72 | 7,107 yards
Daniel Sutton scored 11 birdies on the first day
Round 1 results (play suspended due to darkness)

Place Team Score
1 #44 Kansas 280 (-12)
2 #34 St. Mary’s (CA) 281 (-2)
3 #42 Purdue 281 (-1)
4 Michigan 286 (E)
5 Utah 282 (+5)
6 Washington State 290 (+13)
7 Oregon State 291 (+19)
8 Fresno State 294 (+22)
9 Miami (OH) 297 (+25)
10 San Diego 306 (+30)
11 Lipscomb 305 (+33)
12 Nebraska 304 (+41)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
1 Blake Tomlinson Utah 64 (-7)
T2 Andy Spencer KU 70 (-5)
T2 Dalton Hankamer USD 139 (-5)
T2 Pavan Sagoo SMC 67 (-5)
T2 Perry Cohen SMC 66 (-5)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
T2 Andy Spencer 70 (-5)
T7 Daniel Sutton 70 (-4)
T10 Daniel Hudson 71 (-2)
T13 Charlie Hillier 69 (-1)
T16 Harry Hillier 72 (+2)
T16 Jake Scarrow (I) 69 (+2)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Starting the second round with a one-stroke lead over the 12-team field, the Kansas men’s golf team played the round like it felt right at home on the familiar Outlaw Course at Desert Mountain Saturday. As the only team under par during second round of play, the Jayhawks extended their lead to 10 strokes, but all the teams made an earlier trip to the clubhouse than expected as play was suspended due to darkness.
Having just been on the Outlaw Course in the first weekend of February for the KU golf alumni match, the Jayhawks looked comfortable all day and lead the event with 47 total birdies. Kansas will have the opportunity to secure the event title Sunday, as play will resume at 8 a.m. local (MT) time with the completion of round two before flowing into the third and final round.
“I thought we were solid all day,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “The wind kicked up during the last five or so holes in the first round and then continued the entire second round.”
Sophomore Andy Spencer will start Sunday in a tie for second place. Spencer carded 10 birdies on the day and has three holes left to play in his second round. He opened the day with birdies on three of his first five holes, but finished the opening round with a 2-under 70. In the second round, Spencer matched the course over the first seven holes before birdying No. 8 and No. 9 prior to the turn.  After a par at No. 10, Spencer rattled off two more birdies and is currently 5-under.
Daniel Sutton and Charlie Hillier led the Jayhawks with 11 birdies, which ranked tied for second among the field. Sutton used his 11 birdies to stand in a tie for seventh place at 4-under. The senior fired a 2-under 70 during the first round despite a double bogey on the par-5 No. 13. Sutton is at 2-under in the second round after suspended play.
Senior Daniel Hudson carded an eagle in the second round on the par-5 No. 16, which propelled him into the top-10 on the leaderboard.  Tied for 10th, Hudson enters the final day at 2-under. With two holes left to play in his suspended round, Hudson is at 1-under, after scoring a 1-under 71 over the first round of the day. Hudson began the event with birdies in four of his first six holes.
Hillier, despite his team-best 11 birdies, was bit by bigger numbers in his second round. The KU junior shot a 3-under 69 in the first round and was 3-under in his second round just before making the turn. However a double bogey on No. 9 was his first of three over his last 10 holes of the day. As a result, Hillier is in 13th place and at 2-over with one hole to play for his second round.
Freshman Harry Hillier sits in a tie for No. 17, after bouncing back in the first round. The younger Hillier opened the day with a double bogey followed by a single, but four birdies over the first seven holes of the back nine erased his slow start. In his second round, Harry Hillier bogeyed three of the first five holes to find himself behind again, but he stands at 2-over with two holes left to play.
Junior Jake Scarrow, playing as an individual, is tied for No. 20, and is the only Jayhawk with two complete rounds in the books. Scarrow scorched the course in the first round with a 3-under 69, including birdies in four of his last seven holes. That momentum did not carry to the second round, as Scarrow finished with a 6-over 78.
While dealing with the wind during the second round, Kansas was at 4-under before play was suspended due to darkness.  Host Michigan was the next best program for the round at 2-over.  No. 34 St. Mary’s (CA) is second on the leaderboard at 2-under, 10 strokes behind the Jayhawks.  No. 42 Purdue is third at 1-under.
“With the wind picking up during the second round, the golf course became harder and (the field) ran out of daylight,” Bermel said. “We need to come out and finish strong Sunday.”
Live stats are available for the final day of the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate at Golfstat.com.

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