KU sixth; Charlie Hillier seventh at Bighorn Invite

Bighorn Invitational
The Canyons at Bighorn Golf Club| Palm Desert, Calif.
Par-72 | 7,000 yards
Andy Spencer collected 12 birdies over two rounds
Results after two rounds

Place Team Score
1 #15 Illinois 556 (-20)
2 Mississippi State 560 (-16)
T3 #32 Brigham Young 563 (-13)
T3 Notre Dame 563 (-13)
6 #48 Colorado 564 (-12)
6 #35 Kansas 570 (-6)
7 #49 San Diego State 577 (+1)
T8 Indiana 582 (+6)
T8 South Alabama 582 (+6)
T9 Washington State 583 (+7)
11 Kansas State 584 (+8)
12 Nebraska 588 (+12)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
T1 Michael Feagles UI 137 (-7)
T1 Taylor Bibbs MSU 137 (-7)
T3 Four tied 138 (-6)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
T7 Charlie Hillier 139 (-5)
T14 Daniel Hudson 141 (-1)
T21 Andy Spencer 142 (E)
T13 Daniel Sutton 148 (+6)
T52 Jake Scarrow (I) 151 (+9)
T62 Harry Hillier 154 (+12)

PALM DESERT, Calif. – Junior Charlie Hillier ended the Lone Star Invitational Tuesday with a season-best 68 on the third and final round, Friday he opened the Bighorn Invitational with a 1-under 71, but then fired his third 68 of the season in the second round and sits in a tie for seventh place at 5-under.
Over the opening 36 holes of the event, Hillier was second among the Jayhawks with 10 birdies, including seven over his second round.
“Charlie was solid all day,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “He didn’t really do anything great, but managed his game really well.”
As a team, the Jayhawks stand in sixth place at 6-under. KU ended the first round at 2-under and was tied for sixth. Despite shaving two strokes of the second-round score, the Jayhawks were not able to move up the leaderboard. No. 15 Illinois leads the field at 20-under, followed by Mississippi State (-16), Notre Dame (-13), No. 32 BYU (-13) and No. 48 Colorado (-12).
“I didn’t think we played the par-5’s particularly well,” Bermel said. “It seemed like we drove the ball poorly and really had to figure out a way to make par. Par-5’s are probably the easiest holes on this course.”
Senior Daniel Hudson is also sitting in a top-20 position on the leaderboard after two rounds. Hudson was flawless over the first 18 holes, as he carded 15 pars and three birdies. In the second round, again Hudson scored three birdies, but he added his first three bogeys of the day to finish the round even.  At 3-under overall, Hudson is tied for 14th with a 141.
Tied for 20th, sophomore Andy Spencer ended the two rounds at 2-under.  Spencer was even over the first round, but it took a lot of effort to get there. Plagued by a round-opening triple bogey, a double bogey on No. 12 and three additional bogeys, Spencer cleared the slate with eight birdies in the round. The low numbers continued in round two, as Spencer birdied No. 11 and No. 14, his third and sixth holes of the round. Then at No. 16, Spencer holed out in three on the par-5, 519-yard hole. Spencer paced the Jayhawks with 12 birdies, which tied for second most at the event.
“(Collectively), we just had a few loose swings and we paid dearly,” Bermel said. “Andy makes a triple bogey on his first hole of the day and fought his way back. He showed a lot of maturity out there.”
Senior Daniel Sutton finished 4-over par and is tied for 39th. Two-over in each round, Sutton was even with six holes left to play in round one, but back-to-back bogeys put him on the plus side. A similar situation happened in his second round as well.  Even with four left to play, Sutton bogeyed holes No. 6 and No. 9 to finish 2-over.
Junior Jake Scarrow, playing as an individual, is tied for 52nd after shooting a 7-over, 151.  Scarrow ended first round at three over. In the second round, Scarrow was even at the turn, but four bogeys on his back nine pushed him over par.
Freshman Harry Hillier, who entered the Jayhawk lineup for the first time this spring and participating in his fourth-straight event, experienced his toughest day of collegiate competition.  Harry Hillier recorded a 4-over 76 on the first round and a 6-over 78 in round two. He ended the day at 154 and tied for 61st at 10-over.
“(Saturday) we need to have five guys playing well,” Bermel said. “(Friday), we only had four and we counted an over-par score.”
Scarrow will open up the final round Saturday, as he tees off at 8 a.m., local time on hole No. 1. Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.

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