Kansas sits in sixth on final day
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Senior Chase Hanna was flawless on Saturday to lead the Kansas men’s golf team at the Maui Jim and put the Jayhawks in sixth place on the leaderboard.
Hanna collected three birdies over the course of the round and posted no bogeys on the scorecard to finish the day with a three-under-par, 68. Hanna now sits at seven-under par for the tournament, beginning the day at four-under, to put himself tied for fourth place. He looks to earn the fifth top-five finish of his career.
The rest of the team ran into challenges as the remaining Jayhawks all posted scores over par.
“Disappointing day (Saturday) with the exception of Chase,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “Conditions may have been a little warmer but very similar to the first day.”
Sophomore Charlie Hillier was able to escape the day with a two-over-par, 73 to put himself two-under-par for the tournament after a solid round on Friday. Hillier was able to play the front nine even-par but ran into struggles on the back as he posted two double bogeys early. Luckily, Hillier birdied holes 17 and 18 and now sits tied for 22nd.
The theme continued on the back nine as junior Daniel Hudson, junior Daniel Sutton and freshman Andy Spencer all ran into problems. Hudson finished the day with a 74, putting himself tied for 49th at two-over-par for the event.
Sutton was able to rack up a few birdies, but also ran into struggles after the turn to end the day with a five-over-par 76. However, Sutton played great on Friday and still sits at even for the tournament, tied for 36th.
Spencer managed to play the front nine even, but a triple bogey on the par four 15th put him in a tough spot. Spencer was able to collect a couple of birdies and ended the day with a two-over-par 73. He now sits tied for 64th at five over par after day two.
“Played very poorly on our second nine,” Bermel said. “Way too many sloppy bogeys and doubles. We need all five guys playing well on Sunday.”
Despite the struggles, Kansas still sits in sixth place, 17 strokes back from No.7 LSU who leads the tournament. The Jayhawks are 11 strokes ahead of Cal and 14 strokes in front of South Florida who are T-11 and No. 22 in the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) rankings, respectively.
Alex Moorman, who is playing as an individual, ended the day with a one-over-par 73 to put him tied for 27th at one-under-par for the event.
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