Familiar course welcomes Jayhawks for Desert Mountain Intercollegiate
LAWRENCE, Kan. – After a fifth-place finish at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, the Kansas men’s golf team will travel to Scottsdale, Arizona in attempts to carry its momentum into the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate.
The two-day event will kick off Saturday, and will take place at the Desert Mountain Outlaw Course, which is the same course that the Jayhawks played at for the Kansas golf alumni match during the first weekend of February.
“We’re really familiar with this course,” said Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel. “Hopefully we can use it to our advantage since we just played it a few weeks ago.”
Along with a showing at the Desert Mountain Outlaw Course at the beginning of February, the Jayhawks played the course last March as a part of the 2017 Desert Mountain Intercollegiate. Sophomore Andy Spencer finished at 3-under in the event, tied for eighth on the individual leaderboard, which helped the team finish tied for fourth place. Both seniors Daniel Sutton and Daniel Hudson also notched top-20 finishes on the event as well.
The Jayhawks will return the same lineup that earned the team a top-5 finish at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, with Spencer leading the way. Following Spencer is Sutton, junior Charlie Hillier, Hudson and freshman Harry Hillier to round off the lineup.
Harry Hillier is coming off of a strong college golf debut at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, where his 1-under was the best on the team, and tied for 25th place on the individual leaderboard. Junior Jake Scarrow will also make an appearance as an individual.
“We had 10 days of practice and I think the guys are feeling more and more comfortable after winter break,” said Bermel. “We need to see progress with our short game and our consistency. This will be a good test for our team and I think the guys will be ready.”
Amongst the 12-team field, Kansas is ranked the highest on Golfweek’s latest rankings list at No. 45. Along with the Jayhawks, No. 46 Saint Mary’s and No. 48 Purdue will make up the remaining ranked teams in the event.
Spencer is set to kick-start the day for Kansas, being the first Jayhawk to tee off Friday at 9 a.m. CT. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.
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