KU men’s golf finishes regional in 11th place

photo by: Kansas Athletics

Kansas golfer Cecil Belisle watches his ball at American Dunes Golf Club in Grand Haven, Mich., on Sept. 6, 2023.

The Kansas men’s golf team concluded its campaign on Wednesday with what head coach Jamie Bermel called “a disappointing end to the season,” shooting a 43-over 883 at the Rancho Santa Fe Regional in Southern California to finish in 11th place of 14 teams.

The top five teams advanced to the NCAA Championship; fifth-place North Florida shot 10-over.

“We just didn’t produce this week but there are some positives to take away,” Bermel said in a press release. “We have three guys coming back next year so hopefully they learn from this and we’ll be better next year.”

KU is losing its top two scorers from the regional, seniors Cecil Belisle (5-over 215, tied for 25th) and Davis Cooper (13-over 223, tied for 50th), along with its alternate William Duquette.

“We’re going to miss those guys but hopefully they enjoyed their experience and I know they represented KU with great class,” Bermel said.

The other Jayhawks competing in Rancho Santa Fe were freshman Max Jelinek (15-over 225), senior Gunnar Broin (18-over 228) and sophomore Will King (19-over 229).

Departing Big 12 Conference school Oklahoma won the regional with a team score of 3-under, and its golfer Ben Lorenz was best on the regional by a margin of three strokes at 8-under 202.

Also with additional eligibility on KU’s roster are a variety of underclassmen: sophomores Marijn Hoogeveen and Carter Housler and freshmen Noah Holtzman, Beni Long and Braeden Sladek.


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