Las Cruces, N.M. Kansas University golfer Chris Gilbert carded a final-round 2-under 69 to earn a share of the individual title at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Tuesday at New Mexico State Golf Course.
Gilbert, who tied Blake Biddle of UNLV with a three-round total of 8-under 205, is the first KU men’s golf medalist since Nate Barbee won the Bill Ross Intercollegiate on Oct. 19, 2010.
As a team, Kansas maintained its spot in fifth place and finished with a 54-hole total of 859. The Jayhawks concluded the fall season with their second top-five finish in their last three events.
After matching Biddle with back-to-back 68s on the first day of the event, Gilbert and Biddle again posted identical scores Tuesday to finish at the top of the leaderboard, two shots ahead of Wichita State’s Hunter Sparks.
“It’s a really big relief,” said Gilbert, a senior from Simi Valley, Calif. “I’ve really been working for this my entire career. I’ve been trying hard, and it finally worked out. I’m pretty relieved that I got one out of the way in the fall, so I won’t put a bunch of pressure on myself in the spring.”
Gilbert narrowly missed a 15-footer on his final hole that would have given him the trophy outright, but KU coach Jamie Bermel was still pleased for Gilbert. Leading KU in scoring for the fourth-straight tournament and the 13th time in his career, Gilbert closed the fall slate with nine-straight rounds of par or better, dating back to the Mark Simpson Invitational in September where he tied for fifth.
Freshman Jackson Foth shot a 2-over 73 to finish as KU’s second-best scorer with a 1-over 214, which tied him for 15th.
Kansas will begin its spring season with the University of Wyoming Desert Classic on Feb. 22-24 in Palm Desert, Calif.