Jayhawks finish second at Cowboy Classic
Wyoming Cowboy Classic
PHOENIX – Kansas men’s golf collected its sixth finish inside of the top-5 on Tuesday afternoon at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, led by senior Chase Hanna, junior Daniel Hudson and junior Daniel Sutton, all of whom played their three rounds at even par or better, to finish inside of the top-15 on the individual leaderboard.
“We played solid,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “I was happy to see Charlie play better. The Dans (Sutton and Hudson) were great all week. Chase was steady and ground out a good final round.”
Continuing his momentum from his first two rounds at Whirlwind Golf Club, Hudson posted a 70 to finish the event in a tie for sixth. Hudson strung together nine-consecutive pars, to make the turn at even par before collecting back-to-back birdies on holes 11 and 12. Dropping a stroke on the par-four 14th, Hudson birdied the 17th to get back to two-under-par. A tie for sixth marks Hudson’s third time inside the top-20 and second time inside the top-10 this spring.
Following a 36-hole Monday of consistency, Sutton started the day off strong with a birdie on his first hole. A bogey resulted in an even par front nine for Sutton, but birdies on the 10th, 12th, and 14th set up a three-under-par, 69, for the day. Sutton finished in a tie for 12th place, his second time inside of the top-20 this spring and fifth in his career as a Jayhawk.
Hanna finished the event in a familiar territory, ending in 14th place, marking his eighth tournament inside of the top-20 this season. He got off to a shaky start, recording bogey on two of his first four holes, but in characteristic Hanna spirit, recorded two birdies to make the turn at even par. A birdie on the par-five 12th and eagle on the par-five 17th highlighted Hanna’s back nine, but three bogeys resulted in an even-par, 72, for the day.
Looking like he was going to continue to struggle, sophomore Charlie Hillier played his first five holes at two-over-par. Finding the groove he displayed all fall, Hillier responded with four birdies to post a two-under-par, 70 for the final round. Hillier ended up in a tie for 37th after entering the day at six over par.
Freshman Andy Spencer was plagued by double bogeys throughout the event, collecting another in his final round, for a 75. Spencer finished the event at nine over par.
Recording his best round of the tournament, sophomore Jake Scarrow finished to final round with a 70, to end the event in a tie for 24th at one over par.
As a team, Kansas ended in second place, its best finish since winning the Bayou City Collegiate Championship back in October. The Jayhawks’ seven-under-par day was not enough to catch UC Santa Barbara who went 16-under-par in the final round to finish the tournament in first at 21 under par. Kansas was able to edge out Long Beach State by one stroke, who finished the event in third.
“We didn’t lose (Tuesday), we flat out got beat by Santa Barbara,” Bermel said. “They played solid and beat us soundly. We have a short turnaround before Iowa’s event and need to get ready to compete in a strong field in Iowa City.”
Kansas will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, April 15-16, to face its last test of the regular season at the Great River Entertainment Invitational.
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