Scottsdale, Ariz. The Kansas University men’s golf team finished in 15th place at the Cowboy Classic on Tuesday. The Jayhawks ended the tournament with a score of 870 (296-287-287) to finish 34 strokes behind winner Baylor.
“It’s been a rough spring so far,” KU coach Kit Grove said. “I’m not going to say it’s been all bad, because we’ve certainly done some good stuff. But our execution is so poor right now. It’s frustrating because we are giving away a ton of shots around the green and we are missing a lot of short putts. That’s inexcusable because those are the little things that you should be working on everyday.”
Although the team has not played as well as Grove would like, he believes his team still has the ability to turn things around.
“We’re not playing great, but I think we’re playing a lot better than what we’re showing,” Grove said. “We’ve got some tournaments coming up and we’ve got to get ready for those. We’re not as far off as it looks, but until we put three good rounds together, it’s tough to say how we’re going to finish the season.”
Sophomore Alex Gutesha took charge for Kansas, finishing in a tie for 30th with a score of 215. Gutesha finished Tuesday with a round of 70, adding to his scores of 76 and 69 from Monday. His score of 215 is his best score of the spring season.
Senior Nate Barbee, who was tied for 18th after the first two rounds, ended the tournament in a tie for 45th with a score of 218. He shot a 72 and 70 on Monday and concluded the tournament with a 76.
Junior Doug Quinones finished in a tie for 51st with a score of 219, which included rounds of 73, 75 and 71.
Senior Jeff Bell posted rounds of 75, 73, and 73 en route to a 221, placing him in a tie for 65th.
Sophomore Dan Waite finished with a score of 227, which put him in a tie for 91st. Waite shot a 77 in his first two rounds and ended the day on Tuesday with a 73.
The Jayhawks have some time off before their next tournament, the Hawkeye Invitational, on April 16-17 in Iowa City, Iowa.