Kevin Ward wins individual title

LAFAYETTE, La. -- The University of Kansas men's golf team, led by individual champion Kevin Ward, shot a three-round total of 866 to finish in second place in the 15-team Louisiana Classics Invitational, Tuesday, at the 7,083 yard, par-72 Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.

"We were very close to SMU, only losing by one stroke," head coach Ross Randall said. "I am encouraged by how we are playing as a team and getting better with each round."

The Jayhawks finished one stroke behind the team champion, SMU, which shot a three-round total of 865. Third place went to Texas Tech with a three-round 868 total.

Ward, a junior from Leawood, Kan., tied a tournament record one round score of 66 in his final round and finished with a three-round 210 total, to win the tournament championship by one stroke. His final round score (66), three-round total (210) and first career tournament title, were all career-bests.

Freshman Tyler Docking (Olathe, Kan.) and senior Tyler Hall (Wayne, N.J.) each carded identical 221 three-round totals to finish tied for 15th. Junior Andrew Price (Lake Forest, Ill.) shot a final round score of 83 to finish with a 223 total and a tie for 24th. Freshman Gary Woodland (Berryton, Kan.) tied for 56th place with a three-round total of 229. Freshman Barrett Martens (Platte City, Mo.) competed as an individual and finished in 80th place with a 249 three-round total.

"I was very pleased that Kevin got his first career victory against a very tough field in this tournament," Randall said. "It was a nice win for him because he works as hard as anybody on this team and deserves it."

Kansas will next be in action March 22-23, when it travels to Santa Cruz, Calif., to compete in the 58th Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo Golf Course. Top Stories