Kansas heads to east coast for third event of the spring
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Reaching the halfway point of the spring season, Kansas men’s golf will look to its usual five, led by senior Chase Hanna, as the team travels to South Carolina to compete in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, March 26-28.
Experience is on the Jayhawk’s side, as they make their way to Bulls Bay Golf Club for the second-straight season.
“This is a golf course that is usually fairly windy, but the weather forecast isn’t calling for a lot of wind,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “It is probably going to be a putting contest this week.”
Hanna will be in the one spot, coming off just his second event outside the top-20 this season. As the only Jayhawk averaging under par, Hanna enters the tournament with a 70.71 average. The Leawood, Kansas product will look to his experience in hopes to find himself in the top-20 for the seventh time this season.
Finding his groove as of late, junior Daniel Hudson has played four of the six rounds this spring at even par or better. He has managed to rack up back-to-back top-20 finishes, including a tie for fifth place at the Desert Intercollegiate, February 17-19.
Averaging just over even-par, junior Daniel Sutton has played his way into the lineup for the seventh straight event this season. Sutton played well in the last tournament, finishing at one-under-par, resulting in a tie for 14th place.
Sophomore Charlie Hillier will keep his streak going, playing in every event so far this season. Hillier has struggled this far in the spring but will look to find the game he had going in the fall where he played 10-of-18 rounds at even-par or better and racked up two top-10 finishes.
Rounding out the Kansas lineup is freshman Andy Spencer, who comes off of a career best finish, tying for eighth place at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate March 4-5.
“We have had a little time off from the last event and have been working on fundamentals,” Bermel said. “The weather has been good so we have been able to practice outside quite a bit.”
Kansas will look to overthrow the defending champion, South Carolina, after finishing in eighth place last season. No. 15 Virginia, No. 23 Auburn and No. 25 Mississippi (Golfweek Rankings), will lead the 15-team field which will also include College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, Georgia State, Houston, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina State, Purdue, Richmond and Wisconsin.
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