Jayhawks Finish Fall Season In Sixth Place

Final Results

Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic
Ka’anapali Golf Course | Lahina, Hawaii
Par-71 | 6,700 yards
Connor Peck improved his score in every round of the tournament to help Kansas to a sixth-place finish.
Second Round Results
Place Team Score
1 Oklahoma 837 (-15)
2 Georgia 849 (-3)
3 North Carolina State 862 (+10)
4 CSUN 863 (+11)
5 South Carolina 864 (+12)
6 KANSAS 867 (+15)
7 Hawaii 869 (+17)
8 Sacramento State 874 (+22)
9 UC Santa Barbra 876 (+24)
10 Loyola Marymount 877 (+25)
11 Gonzaga 880 (+28)
12 Ball State 881 (+29)
13 Liberty 883 (+31)
14 Indiana 890 (+38)
15 Washington State 892 (+40)
16 Bowling Green State 894 (+42)
17 Long Beach State 900 (+48)
18 Hawaii (B) 906 (+54)
19 Northern Iowa 926 (+74)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
1 Zach Healy GA 205 (-8)
2 Brad Dalke OU 206 (-7)
3 Johnny Watts BSU 207 (-6)
4 Grant Hirschman OU 208 (-5)
5 Lee McCoy GA 209 (-4)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
T11 Ben Welle 213 (E)
T15 Daniel Hudson 214 (+1)
T36 Connor Peck 220 (+7)
T49 Chase Hanna 222 (+9)
T56 Charlie Hillier 224 (+11)
T71 Brock Drogosch 228 (+15)

LAHINA, Hawaii ­– With an improvement in the standings after every round, the Kansas men’s golf team concluded the fall season with a sixth-place finish at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic Sunday.  The Ka’anapali Golf Course presented its challenges, with tough playing conditions but that did not stop the Jayhawks from building on their performance in each of the three rounds.

“We got off to a hot start today but just couldn’t get it finished off,” KU head coach Jamie Bermel said.  “It was still a solid round of golf and I’m of proud how the team fought today.”
Kansas finished the event shooting 293-289-285–867 (+15), as KU ended three strokes behind fifth-place South Carolina 864 (+12). The Jayhawks ended the fall with a top-five finish in all but one of its tournaments. 
KU team’s score of 285 (+1) in the third round was tied for the second lowest score of the day, behind only tournament winner Oklahoma, who won with a total score of 837 (-15).  Zach Healy won the individual title, with a three-round total of 205 (-8).
KU senior Ben Welle led the Jayhawks for the fourth time this year, after finishing the tournament with scores of 74-69-70–213 (E), which tied for 11th place.  Welle’s 70 (-1) on Sunday also extended his team-high lead to 10 rounds under par for 2015-16.
Also atop of the individual leaderboard was Kansas sophomore Daniel Hudson, who played consistently well throughout the weekend.  His three-round score of 214 (+1) is his lowest score of the season and allowed him to finish tied for 15th place. 
Behind him on the Kansas leaderboard was Welle’s senior classmate, Connor Peck.  After a rough start to the tournament on the first day, Peck bounced back by improving his score in every round, completing the event with a three-day total of 75-73-72–220 (+7) and finishing tied for 36th place.
Junior Chase Hanna also had a bounce-back performance on day three, after struggling in round two.  His 73 (+2) on Sunday was a four-stroke improvement from Saturday, as he finished the tournament tied for 49th, by posting scores of 72-77-73—222 (+9).
Completing the players who represented Kansas was freshman Charlie Hillier, who was another Jayhawk that made an improvement in the third round.  Heading into the final day, Hillier had previously recorded back-to-back rounds of 76, however he fired a 72 (+1) in the third round and finished the event tied for 56th place with a total score of 224 (+11).
Participating in his first event of the year as an individual player, redshirt sophomore Brock Drogosch, moved up seven spots on the third day, after posting a 75 (+4).  He finished the tournament tied for 71st place with a total score of 228 (+15).
“Overall, it was solid fall season. We need a break and re-charge the batteries for a run in the spring,” Bermel said.
Kansas will begin to prepare for the spring season, which will kick off on February 19 at the Desert Intercollegiate.  
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