Kansas gets third top-five finish of the season at the Ka’anapali classic
LAHAINA, Hawaii – The Kansas men’s golf team had the third-best team-finish during the final round of the Ka’anapali Classic, which solidified the team’s place in the top-five at the conclusion of the event. Sophomore Andy Spencer had the best individual finish for the team, as his third-place finish was just two strokes behind the individual champion.
The Jayhawks’ event total of 833 was the lowest score of the season. Three of the Jayhawks shot under-par in total, but no Jayhawk had as successful of an event as Spencer, whose five birdies on the front nine led to a 10-under 203, the lowest 54-hole total of his college career.
“Andy was close to getting his first college win, but just couldn’t quite get it done,” said Jayhawk head coach Jamie Bermel. “He has improved a lot in the 15 months he’s been at school and I know he’s going to have more chances to win before he graduates.”
Junior Charlie Hillier’s third-round 69 resulted in an eight-spot jump up the leaderboard into a tie 13th-place, the best finish of the season and the third time he has finished in the top-20. Senior Daniel Sutton also had a 2-under 69 on the day, but fell just two spots outside of the top-20.
Senior Daniel Hudson had a rough third-round, as a trio of bogeys along with a double-bogey on holes 1-4 dug too deep of a hole for the senior to get out of. Hudson finished tied for 41st-place. Four spots behind Hudson was freshman Ben Sigel, who scored as an individual and shot a 5-over 218 on the tournament.
Junior Jake Scarrow ended the day with a 2-over 73 on the day, highlighted by a three consecutive birdies on holes 13-15. Despite ending the tournament with a 10-over 223, Scarrow’s score counted in two of three rounds on the event.
“We started behind the eight ball with how we finished the first round,” said Bermel. “To come back and finish in fourth makes me really proud of the guys and how they were able to bounce back.”
The end of the tournament marks the end of the fall semester for the Kansas men’s golf team, as they finished in the top-five in three of the five events on the semester. The Jayhawks will next return to action on February 16 in Palm Desert, California for the Desert Collegiate.