The Kansas men’s golf team finished third in the Big 12 Championship, the highest finish by KU since 2000. The Jayhawks were led by senior Chase Hanna, who walked away with his own hardware claiming the individual Big 12 Champion title
The last time a Jayhawk won that award was in 1991 during the days of the Big 8 Conference.
Hanna began the final day of play tied for fifth. He ended up moving into a tie for first before the co-leader three-putted on hole 18, giving Hanna the win.
Chase's putt on No. 18 to save par … and eventually give him the overall win. 💪🏌️☝️🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/tsVefV5atU
— Kansas Men's Golf (@KUMensGolf) April 26, 2017
“It was a fun day,” Hanna said in a release from KU Athletics. “I played solid golf. My big goal was just to not post a double bogey because that is what has killed me the last couple of days. It is a tournament that we always look forward to every year and to come out on top is pretty fun,”
Hanna helped KU stay in contention, shooting birdies on four of the last six holes, and 14 total. He finished 7-over par.
For junior Daniel Sutton, this was his first Big 12 Championship. He received Big 12 All-Tournament honors. He finished tied for 9th place and played both rounds on Tuesday under or at even par. Junior Daniel Hudson only bogeyed the 13th hole and finished his final round at even par. He finished at a tie for 13th.
Sophomore Charlie Hillier finished at 21-over par to finish in a tie for 25th place. Freshman Andy Spencer competed in his first Big 12 Championship of his career. He finished in 31st place at 5-over par. Head coach Jamie Bermel was pleased with how his team performed.
“It was a struggle out there,” Bermel saidin the release. “Not that we struggled, but it was so hard to play. It was cold and windy and the pins were tough. Hats off to my guys, they really played well.”