Jayhawks head to Nebraska for The Jackrabbit
VALENTINE, Neb. – For the second straight year, Kansas men’s golf will travel to Valentine, Nebraska, for The Jackrabbit, hosted by South Dakota State. Starting on Sunday and concluding on Tuesday, The Jackrabbit will consist of 13 teams, many of which are nearby colleges like, UMKC, Missouri, Missouri State and Wichita State.
Coming off a fifth-place finish at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate last weekend, head coach Jamie Bermel will send a similar line-up to attack the 7,726 yard par-72 Prairie Club Dunes Course. Sophomore Harry Hillier will represent KU’s No. 1 golfer, followed by junior Andy Spencer who went 7-under par (209) in last season’s Jackrabbit. Redshirt sophomore Drew Shepherd and sophomore Ben Sigel will both play the Prairie Club for their first time, while senior Jake Scarrow looks to replicate his stellar performance of 7-under par at last season’s tournament.
Senior Charlie Hillier will not compete this weekend due to his qualification for the Asian Amateur Championship being played in Singapore. This will allow Scarrow to fill in at the No. 5 spot, making way for freshman Shaun Campbell to make his collegiate debut, playing as an individual. Campbell is from Tauranga, New Zealand, and notably won the 2017 Cambridge Classic, shooting 10-under par.
The Prairie Club is known for its extremely lengthy fairways and its very flat and wide open landscaping. Due to its light tree coverage, the course has little to no way of preventing swirling winds. This Sunday, winds are projected to be around 13-17 mph.
“With windy conditions, the course will play difficult.” Bermel said. “It will be important to be patient and take advantage of the downwind holes.”
The Jackrabbit is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m., September 30. Follow live scorecard updates here.
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