M. Golf enters final round in fifth at Myers Invite
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DURHAM, N.C. – Kansas senior Chase Hanna collected 11 birdies over the first two rounds of the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Golf Club Saturday and enters the final day tied for eighth place after shooting a two-under, 142. The Jayhawks, as a team, shot par over the first round and were one-over in the second to sit in fifth place overall with a 577.
Hanna finished each round one-under-par to pace the Jayhawks, while sophomore Charlie Hillier ended the day even (144) and is tied for 14th place. Hillier was one-over-par for the first 18 holes, but fired a one-under in the second round thanks to three birdies over his last nine holes.
“We played fairly well, but had some bad doubles on par fives, which are fairly easy holes,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “Chase is a senior and he played like a senior. It is a good start to his senior year.”
By standing in fifth place, Kansas is on pace to post its fifth top-five finish in its last six regular-season events. To accomplish this, the Jayhawks will have to continue to out duel a pair of top teams in a field that features four members of the top-25 poll. KU is seven strokes ahead of No. 23 Duke and 25 strokes in front of No. 22 South Florida.
Junior Daniel Hudson and sophomore transfer Jake Scarrow each bettered their first rounds to keep KU in the top five. Hudson fired a three-over 75 over the first 18 holes and followed suit with a two-over 74 to finish the day with a 149 and is tied for 40th. Scarrow opened the day five-over, but bounced back with a one-over in the second round. He sits in a tie for 42nd with a 150.
Freshman Andy Spencer is tied with Scarrow in 42nd place after starting his collegiate career with a three-under, 69, which going back to 2004 has never been topped by a KU freshman. Spencer, however, faced challenges in the second round and shot a nine-over, 81.
“That 69 from Andy in the first round was impressive for his first college round,” Bermel said. “He got off to a bad start in the second round and struggled. I’m certain he will respond and get it turned around on Sunday.”
No. 14 Wake Forest leads the field, but its second round is not officially completed as play was suspended with two players left on the course due to darkness. The Deamon Deacons are 18-under with the final hole of the second round left to complete. Liberty is in second at six-under, 570 and No. 18 Florida State stands in third with a four-under, 572. North Carolina is three strokes ahead of Kansas, at two-under, but are on the final hole of the second round with Wake Forest.
“If we eliminate the sloppy play on Sunday we have a chance to climb up the leaderboard,” Bermel said.
The final round will begin with a shotgun start at 7:35 a.m. ET, after the final hole of the second round is completed.
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