Sigel aces 17th hole, Kansas men’s golf claims runner-up at Hawkeye Invitational
Ben Sigel’s hole-in-one on the 17th hole highlighted the final day of play for the Kansas men’s golf team on Sunday at the Hawkeye Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course.
Sigel aced No. 17 and shot a five-under 67 on his way to pacing the Jayhawks in the third and final round. The Jayhawks shot seven-under as a team and finished the 54-hole event at 19-under par. Kansas finished in second place, which was five shots behind winner and host Iowa.
“We played well again today, but just couldn’t quite get it done,” head coach Jamie Bermel said in a team release. “Iowa is very tough to beat on its home course. Ben Sigel made a hole-in-one late in the round, and we got within two shots, but we couldn’t get any closer.”
Sigel was brilliant in the final round, firing his low round of the season with his 67. He recorded seven birdies on holes three, five, six, seven, 10, 11 and 15 before his ace on the 195-yard par-three 17th. Sigel’s 67 came on the heels of a two-under 70 in the second round Saturday. He finished in sixth place at -6 for the tournament.
Harry Hillier, who shot a final-round 71, was actually KU’s highest finisher in the event. He finished in a tie for fourth at seven-under par to pace KU on the weekend. It marks Hillier’s second top-five finish of the 2020-21 season.