Erie, Colo. Kansas University senior Chris Gilbert carded a 3-under 69 to land in fifth place on the final day of the Colorado Invitational on Tuesday at Colorado National Golf Club.
The Jayhawks posted an even-par score of 288 in the three-round tournament, good for a fifth-place tie out of 14 teams.
“We’re getting better,” Kansas coach Jamie Bermel said. “We’ve progressed over the course of three weeks. We’re making less mistakes. We’re certainly not where we want to be, but the guys are making progress, so that part of it is encouraging.”
Gilbert, who sat in a tie for ninth place after Monday’s round, sank three birdies in his first five holes on Tuesday but made par on the final 13.
“It was a hot start, so I was thinking a lot lower number,” Gilbert said. “I stayed patient, but I just couldn’t get the putts to fall. I was hitting it well all day, but I just couldn’t match the reads with the speed.”
Gilbert shot rounds of 69, 71 and 69 for a 7-under 209. Senior Alex Gutesha tied for 10th in the tournament with a 4-under score of 70-70-72. Sophomore Dylan McClure had KU’s third-best score (75-70-75—220) and finished in a tie for 43rd place.
The Jayhawks will compete next on Oct. 5 at the Brickyard Collegiate in Macon, Ga.