Five eagles lead Kansas at The Jackrabbit
VALENTINE, Neb. – Led by senior Daniel Hudson’s 5-under 67, the Kansas men’s golf team will head into Monday’s second-round action of The Jackrabbit in second-place at 13-under. The team’s first-round play featured strong showings from top to bottom, as five of the six Jayhawks recorded an eagle while every member shot even or under-par.
“Five eagles in one round is a lot,” said Jayhawk head coach Jamie Bermel. “If we can keep that up we have a chance to do real well.”
The frontrunner for the Jayhawks was Hudson, who sits at a tie for fifth-place on the individual leaderboard. Hudson’s eagle came on the first hole of the round, kickstarting a hot-streak that featured three birdies to go along with the eagle over the course of his first five holes. With three more birdies on his back nine, Hudson tied for fifth-most birdies on the day in the field with six.
A pair of Jayhawks followed Hudson with a 3-under 69. Sophomore Andy Spencer’s 69 came by way of four birdies, three of which fell in a four-hole stretch on his back-nine. Junior Charlie Hillier’s 69 also featured four birdies as well as an eagle on hole No. 3, a 590-yard par five, marking Hillier’s first eagle of the season. The duo of Spencer and Hillier are tied for 13th-place heading into the second-round.
“Dan played like a senior today,” added Bermel. “He looked good, played well and was a true veteran on the course.”
Junior Jake Scarrow ended his first nine holes at 1-over, but quickly bounced back on his back nine with a 3-under 33, which was tied for the best nine-hole performance on the day for the Jayhawks. Scarrow’s first eagle of the season came on hole No. 6, Scarrow’s 15th of the round, which was a 542-yard par five. Entering Monday’s action, Scarrow is just one stroke shy of a spot in the top-20.
Senior Daniel Sutton ended the day with an even-par 72. He entered the turn at 1-under, but a bogey on his second-to-last hole dropped him back to even. Sutton’s eagle was the only Jayhawk eagle to come on a par-four, as he was able to hole out on a 364-yard par-four in just two shots.
Freshman Ben Sigel played as an individual, but nonetheless continued to impress. His 1-under 71 consisted of two birdies and an eagle on hole No. 6, the same hole that Scarrow eagled.
“We have a lot of golf left,” said Bermel. “We’re off to a great start and hopefully can continue to play well Monday.”
Monday’s action begins at 9 a.m., with live scoring available at Golfstat.com.
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