Men's golf seventh at Rod Myers Invitational
DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore Charlie Hillier overcame a slow start to his third round Sunday at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Country Club and posted a strong finish to lead the Kansas men’s golf team to a seventh-place finish.
Hillier finished two-under-par for a final round, 70, and a team-low 214 for the tournament. Hillier was two-over-par going into the ninth hole, but was able rack up his first birdie, which gave him the momentum to finish the back nine at three-under-par.
“Charlie had a good week,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “He was two-over through six today and played the last 12 holes four-under-par. His game has matured from last year and he is getting better.”
As a team, the Jayhawks were three-over-par in the final round, to give them an 868 and a seventh-place finish in the 14 team field.
“There were perfect scoring conditions today and we just couldn’t get anything going,” Bermel said. “We counted a couple of double bogeys and that was the difference between fifth and seventh place.”
Junior Daniel Hudson was able to improve his score each day of the tournament. Despite five birdies on the scorecard on the final day, Hudson had a slow start to his round and finished tied for 40th with a 222 in the event.
Freshman Andy Spencer got his first college tournament under his belt, finishing with a tournament 224, putting him tied for 49th. Spencer started the weekend strong, shooting a three-under-par, 69, in his first collegiate round, but ran into struggles in the second round finishing nine-over with an 81. In the final round, Spencer was able to respond, improving his score and posting a 74.
No. 14 Wake Forest walked away with a victory after posting a record-setting 23-under-par, 841 for the tournament. No. 23 Duke was able to jump the Jayhawks, by two strokes, and Penn State on the final day.
“Moving forward, we need to do a better job of managing the golf course,” Bermel said. “We counted nine double bogeys this week and probably five of them were just being careless. Hopefully we can get that corrected and do better in our next event.”
Kansas will continue its season in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate from September 23-25.
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