Hudson Helps Put Kansas in Position to Win Title
PALM DESERT, Calif. – Behind sophomore Daniel Hudson’s stellar play on Saturday, the Kansas men’s golf team is just one day away from claiming its third title of the 2015-16 campaign and after first of the spring season. After shooting a 290 (+2) in the second round of the Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Club, the Jayhawks hold a four stroke lead over second-place Colorado, heading into Sunday’s final round.
Despite shooting over par in the second round, Kansas remains the only team of the 20-team field to have an overall score under par. Of the 13 birdies that KU converted on the day, five were recorded by Hudson, who helped extend his team’s lead to 33 in that respective category.
“We played solid again today and the weather was perfect,” Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel said. “The golf course still played fairly difficult, but we are still in the lead and tomorrow should be a lot of fun.”
Hudson finished the day shooting a 71 (-1), and at one point led all individuals after carding four birdies in a six hole span. However, his overall score of 141 (-3) is good enough to be tied for third, entering Sunday. He will look to chase down Sean Walsh of Gonzaga, who leads all individuals at five under.
KU freshman Charlie Hillier played a round of even par on Saturday, remains tied for sixth with a total score of 142 (-2). Amongst the 116 other players participating in this event, Hillier has recorded 10 birdies thus for in the tournament and sits tied for second, only behind Hudson who leads all participants with 11.
After registering 16 pars on Saturday, senior Connor Peck leads the field in that category. He walked off the course today carding a 72, which was good enough to move into the top-10. His overall score of 144 (E) is currently tied for 10th, as he will look to continue his season-long consistent play on Sunday.
Junior Chase Hanna had a rough day on Saturday, after shooting a 79 (+7). His score pushed him back 36 spots on the leaderboard, as his currently sits tied for 55th. Peck’s senior counterpart, Ben Welle, also struggled to find his grove on the course today, finishing the day with 75 (+3) strokes. He is seven over on the tournament and will look to bounce back and Sunday.
Competing in just his second event of the season, sophomore Brock Drogosch came back with a strong second round, as his even round of 72, helped him move up 19 spots. He is currently tied for 18th, heading in to Sunday’s final round, and holds scores of 74-73–147 (+3).
“We need to keep doing what we’re doing and see if we can finish this off. I know it’s a lot of fun for the guys to have a lead going into the last round,” Bermel said.
The third and final round of the Desert Intercollegiate will be held on Sunday at Classic Club. Be sure to follow the Jayhawks with live scoring and updates on golfstat.com.
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