Competition: Duck Invitational
Course: Eugene Country Club
Participating teams: #27 Oregon, Boise State, Cal Poly, #60 Colorado, #25 Colorado State, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Idaho, NO. 57 KansasOregon State, Pacific Ocean, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UTEP
Eugene, Oregon – Fresh from a fifth-place finish last time out, the Kansas Men’s Golf Team will head to the Eugene Country Club, where the Jayhawks will be in the 33rd placeapprox annual Duck Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
The 14-team field will open play with a shotgun start on Monday morning and play 36 holes on opening day, followed by the final 18 on Tuesday.
Coach Jamie Bermel and the Jayhawks will compete with a lineup that includes juniors Gunnar Broin, William Duquette, Davis Cooper and Cecil Belisle, and freshman Will King. Redshirt junior Zach Sokolosky will play as a singles player for Kansas.
“We’re looking forward to the Oregon event,” said Bermel. “Eugene Country Club is a great course and will be a great test of golf. Weather will be a factor as the forecast is cold and rain is a possibility. We have to be ready to fight this week.”
Kansas, currently ranked 57th in the latest Golfstat team rankings, was led by Broin last time out in The Johnnie-O at Sea Island, who finished sixth on an even par. Broin shot rounds of 69, 70 and 71 and has now finished in the top 10 three times this year as he placed fifth in both the Folds of Honor Collegiate and The Blessings Collegiate. Broin’s 71.71 scoring average leads the Jayhawks, and his 210 54-hole finish at The Johnnie-O was his second-best 54-hole finish of the season.
Duquette also put in a strong performance for the Jayhawks at The Johnnie-O, finishing ninth for his first top 10 of the season. Duquette hit a 68 in the opening round and then followed up with rounds of 73 and 70 for a 54-hole score of 211.
Belisle and King were both in the top 25 at The Johnnie-O, both finishing in a tied 25th placeth at +5. Belisle enters this week’s tournament with a 72.48 scoring average, while King sits at 73.24. Cooper is looking for his best performance of the spring to improve on his 73.57 point average.
The Jayhawks will tee off starting at 10:30 a.m. CST and will be paired with Santa Clara. Broin and Duquette will both tee off at #5, while Cooper and King will start at #6. Belisle will open at #17. Sokolosky is grouped with two golfers from Oregon and one individual from San Jose State and that group starts at No. 17.
Live statistics for the tournament will be available via Golfstat.