Men’s golf looks to earn a top spot in Iowa

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Coming off of a fourth-place finish in its second tournament of the fall, head coach Jamie Bermel takes Kansas to Burlington, Iowa to compete in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course with hopes to earn a spot at the top of the leaderboard. The event will take place September 30 – October 2.

Kansas earned its best finish yet this season at the Maui Jim last weekend and comes off of a short week to turn around and prepare for Golfweek Challenge.

“It was a short week this week,” Bermel said. “We worked on fundamentals and yardages as we are finally playing in the Midwest.”

The Jayhawks will look to their experience once again, with senior Chase Hanna leading the way. Hanna comes off of a spectacular performance at the Maui Jim where he was able to shoot all three rounds under par to earn a sixth-place finish. Hanna has placed in the top-20 in both of the events he has competed in this season.

Sophomore Charlie Hillier and junior Daniel Hudson will also make the trip to compete, marking their third-straight event. Hillier played his way to a three-under-par finish last weekend, placing him tied for 16th and earning his second top-20 finish of the season. Hudson will look to continue to improve and shoot his first event under par as he has a tied for 40th and tied for 34th finish under his belt so far.

Idaho transfer Daniel Sutton will also compete in the event, coming off of his first event as a Jayhawk. Sutton shot five-under-par, 66, in the first day of the Maui Jim to lead Kansas. Struggles in the second and third rounds led to a three-over-par finish, tied for 40th.

After an impressive performance in his first collegiate event playing as an individual, redshirt freshman Alex Moorman has played his way into the lineup. Moorman ended the event even and tied for 28th, with a solid three-under-par in his first round. He also managed to sink the first hole in one of his golf career.

The Jayhawks have started the events strong but second round struggles have inhibited their full potential. They will look to improve once again this week and make their way to the top.

“We need to do a better job with consistency and still posting a solid round when their game is a little off,” Bermel said.

The event will feature 12 teams led by Texas A&M and Charleston Southern, both of which have received votes for top-25 rankings by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The field will also include Iowa, Lipscomb, James Madison, Idaho, McNeese State, Miami (OH), San Jose State, UMKC and Southern Illinois.
 
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