Kansas Sits in 12th at Louisiana Classics
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Kansas men’s golf team improved 15 strokes in its second round after day one at the Louisiana Classics Monday, giving them a two round total 601 (+25).
The Jayhawks started off the day at Oakboure Country Club with a morning round 303 (+15), led by sophomore’s Ben Welle and Connor Peck who each shot a first-round 74 (+2). Welle went on to record a 75 (+3) in the second round while Peck carded a 77 (+5) in the afternoon. Welle currently sits in a tie for 43rd at 5-over par while Peck is placed in a tie for 53rd at 7-over par.
“We struggled all day with the greens,” Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel said. “No excuses, but Bermuda grass is much different than what we play. Hopefully we can learn from today and be better in the final round tomorrow.”
While Welle and Peck led the Jayhawks in the morning it was freshman Chase Hanna who led KU on the day. Hanna struggled early as he shot a 3-over par, 75, in the morning, but found his groove in the second round as he started with a birdie on his first hole and an eagle on his third hole. Hanna went on to finish even-par (72) following two birdies on his final two holes of the day. Hanna currently sits in a tie for 36th, at 3-over par, in the 72 person field.
Junior Logan Philley carded a morning round of 80 (+8), and finished the day on a good note as he marked a 2-over par, 74, in the second round. He is in a tie for 61st at 10-over par. Redshirt sophomore David Auer, playing in his first collegiate round in two years, shot an 81 (+9) in the morning and an 89 (+17) in the afternoon.
Illinois currently leads the event after shooting a first round 279 (-9), followed by a second round 270 (-18), bringing their two round total to 549 (-27). LSU currently sits in second place after recorded an opening round 280 (-8) and a second round 282 (-6), giving them a total of 562 (-14).
The Louisiana Classics Invitational will conclude with one round, 18 holes, on Tuesday March 11.
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