Kansas golf set for regular season-finale in Iowa City
LAWRENCE, Kan. – With the 2018-19 season winding down, the Kansas men’s golf team will travel to Iowa City, Iowa for its regular-season finale. The team will be participating in the Hawkeye Invitational, marking the fifth time in six years that the team has participated in the event.
While the team is familiar with the course and the event, the weather could create troubling golf conditions for head coach Jamie Bermel’s team.
“There will be wind and rain again, so we’re going to have to battle,” said Bermel. “We’ll have to focus on our game, but we could be battling the weather element as well.”
The two-day event will be held at Finkbine Golf Course, where 13 teams will be vying for the title of 2018 Hawkeye Invitational champion. Of the 13 schools, Kansas is the only one ranked inside of Golfweek’s most recent top-50 school rankings.
Leading the charge for the Jayhawks will be sophomore Andy Spencer. Behind Spencer is senior Daniel Sutton, who will be looking to ride momentum following his third-place finish at last week’s Irish Creek Invitational. Junior Charlie Hillier will take the No. 3 slot for the Crimson and Blue, while senior Daniel Hudson and freshman Harry Hillier will complete the Jayhawk lineup. Freshman Ben Sigel will also be making an individual appearance, marking his first outing for the team since Nov. 5, when he played as an individual at the Ka’anapoli Classic.
The Jayhawks will be searching for their seventh-straight finish in the top-5, which is already the longest streak during Bermel’s six years at Kansas. Should they extend the streak, it will mark the ninth appearance in the top-5 on the season, which would tie the most top-5 finishes in a season under Bermel. Though the team has been on a long stretch of good results, Bermel knows that nothing will come easy.
“Five of our six guys have played this course, and a couple of them have played it well several times,” said Bermel. “I think the key this week is to get everyone in the game and avoid careless errors.”
Friday’s first round begins at 1:30 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s 54-hole day begins at 9 a.m. CT. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.
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