RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.27 (Men's Golf)
— Kansas Men’s Golf (@KUMensGolf) March 20, 2018
After rallying together a 2-under score in the third round of the Lone Star Invitational Tuesday in San Antonio, the Kansas men’s golf team moved four spots up the leaderboard to end the event in fourth place. The Jayhawks have now finished in the top-5 in six-of-eight events on the year, marking the fourth-consecutive season they have done so.
“We’ve been fairly consistent all year, which is due to our team depth,” said head coach Jamie Bermel. “Our two veteran seniors (Daniel Hudson and Daniel Sutton) have played a lot of college golf. We have a junior in Charlie Hillier who has played in every event since he arrived at KU. Also, Andy Spencer is only a sophomore and has the lowest stroke average on the team. Our fifth player has been (either) Jake Scarrow and Harry Hillier, and they have done a nice job of putting pressure on the other four to give us depth.”
Bermel’s squad has yet to finish outside of fifth place since October 17. The string of four-consecutive finishes within the top-5 is the longest stretch since the fall of 2015.
Historically, Bermel has been familiar with this position. This is his fourth-straight season with at least six top-5 appearances, leaving only his first two years without the feat. Dating back to the spring of 2017, the Jayhawks have now been in the top-5 in 11-of-15 events. The 2015-16 season featured nine finishes within the first five positions, which remains the most under Bermel.
“The past couple of years we have had one-to-three good players in the lineup,” said Bermel. “The difference is that now we have more balance from top-to-bottom and have more good and experienced golfers.”
The team-wide consistency has led the Jayhawks to be ranked No. 36 in Golfweek’s latest college rankings. With three regular-season events left in the season, the Jayhawks have a chance to tie the record for top-5 finishes in a season under Bermel.