Two Jayhawks bogey free as Kansas leads the way
BURLINGTON, Iowa – Junior Daniel Sutton and Chase Hanna played flawless on Saturday to put Kansas in the number one spot going into Sunday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
“Good day from top to bottom,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “Alex struggled a bit (Saturday) but everyone else played well so he was our dropped score.”
Sutton sits alone in first place out of the 60-golfer field, after finishing the day with a three-under-par, 69. He played the front at even par before gaining some momentum and collecting three birdies on the back. Sutton is now six-under-par for the tournament.
Racking up four birdies on the front nine, Hanna was on fire going into the turn. He was able to put one more birdie on his bogey-free card to end the day with a 67. Hanna looks to finish in the top-10 for the second-straight week as he is tied for second place at five-under-par for the tournament.
In an exceptional day for Kansas, junior Daniel Hudson also recorded a solid round, finishing the day with a four-under-par 68. Hudson struggled in day one with a 75, but was able to bounce back and is now tied for 13th overall, putting him in a position to get his first top-20 finish of the season.
“Chase and Dan Sutton were solid again and Dan Hudson put up a good solid round,” Bermel said.
Sophomore Charlie Hillier was able to stay consistent playing the round even, starting and ending the day at two-over-par for the tournament, putting him tied for 25th. Redshirt-freshman Alex Moorman ran into some struggles, recording a 76 on the day. The Iowa native started the day at even par and will look to bounce back on the final day.
As a team the Jayhawks posted four of five rounds at even par, responding from first round struggles.
“We talked a little bit about finishing the round off and we did a better job with some birdies on the last few holes,” Bermel said.
Kansas was able to move up two spots and now leads the field at 13-under-par for the tournament. San Jose State is in second at seven-under-par with Lipscomb and Texas A&M tied for third at six-under. The rest of the field sits over-par for the event.
The field will conclude the event Sunday with an 8:30 am, CT shotgun start.
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