Men's golf dominates to bring home win
BURLINGTON, Iowa – Kansas finished the final day at the top of the Golfweek Conference Challenge leaderboard, with four out of five golfers at even par or under for the second-straight round led by another outstanding performance by senior Chase Hanna, who walked away with a share of the individual medalist award at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
Hanna caught fire once again, recording his second straight five-under-par 67, after finishing round one even. Collecting three birdies on the front nine, Hanna made the turn tied for second. Coming down to the wire, he managed to birdie both the 17th and 18th holes to earn the tie for first finish with Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips. Hanna only recorded two bogeys and one double-bogey in his 54 holes for his first collegiate win
“We played well (Sunday),” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “Chase Hanna played like a senior and had a great finish.
Playing in every tournament in his time as a Jayhawk, this marked Hanna’s sixth top-five finish.
In his second event in a Kansas uniform, Junior Dan Sutton was able to make his way into the top five after recording a 69 on both day one and two. Sutton finished the final day with an even-par 72, putting him alone at fourth place with six-under-par for the tournament.
Junior Daniel Hudson and sophomore Charlie Hillier also made significant contributions to the team score, both finishing in the top-20 in the 60 golfer field. Hudson struggled in round one, recording a 75, but managed to respond and shoot a 68 in the second round to put himself in a solid position on the leaderboard. He played the final day even par to end up at one-under-par and tied for 12th in the event. Hillier stayed consistent to put himself tied for 18th at two-over-par after playing rounds two and three at even par.
After one of the more solid Kansas rounds of day one, Alex Moorman struggled in the second two rounds. He finished tied for 34th at seven-over-par.
As a whole, consistency was the theme for Kansas, with three Jayhawks finishing the day at even par, earning four finishes within the top-20. Kansas came into Sunday in first place and was able to maintain a significant lead, finishing the event at 18-under-par, 13 strokes ahead of its closest competitor Texas A&M. This marks the 11th best three-round score in school history and is the fifth Kansas win in the last 14 events. Kansas was one of just three teams to finish the event under par.
“Winning is contagious and it is our hope we will have a chance every time we play,” Bermel said. “We need to keep getting better every week. On the golf course and in the weight room. If we continue to do that, good things will happen.”
Kansas will travel to Pearland, Texas for its next event to compete in the Bayou City Collegiate Championship. The event will take place October 10-11.
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