Men’s golf in fourth after round one
BURLINGTON, Iowa – Round one results feature three Kansas players at even-par or better, led by junior Daniel Sutton, putting the Jayhawks in fourth place at the end of the first day at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Sutton posted the best score for the Jayhawks on the day, with a 69. He played sensational on the front, making the turn at two-under-par, but was plagued by three bogeys on the back. Sutton was able to keep his composure, racking up two more birdies and an eagle to finish tied for fourth in the 60-golfer field.
“Dan Sutton was very solid today,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “He played very well all day and was a huge help to our team score.”
Making the trip back to his home state, redshirt-freshman Alex Moorman was able to finish the round tied for 17th. Moorman played the front nine with one birdie, putting him one-under-par before making the turn. Despite two bogeys on the back, he was able to make birdie on the 17th, to put him at even-par for the day.
With an eagle on the par-five second, senior Chase Hanna started his first round strong but a double bogey on the sixth brought him back to even. In true Hanna fashion, he was able to stay consistent through the rest of the round with one birdie and one bogey on the back to finish tied for 17th at even par.
Junior Daniel Hudson wrapped up his day tied for 38th after recording a three-over-par, 75. Despite a couple of early birdies on the card, Hudson ran into challenges, recording five bogeys on the day. The theme continued for sophomore Charlie Hillier, who was able to collect three birdies over the course of the day, but also ran into his fair share of difficulties. Hillier finished the day two-over-par, tied for 33nd.
The Jayhawks started the day strong, leading the field after just six holes. Unfortunately the momentum faded and the bogeys added up to put the Jayhawks in fourth, at one-under-par as a team. Kansas is still in the hunt as they sit nine strokes back from leader San Jose State, from strokes back from Texas A&M and only two strokes from McNeese State.
“We played solid the first nine holes and then got a little sloppy on the back nine,” Bermel said. “I think the back nine is a little harder, but not as hard as we made it. The weather was a little windy, but it was a good day for golf. We need to finish the round off better on Saturday and Sunday.”
Round two will begin October 1 at 9:00 a.m. with a shotgun start.
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