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.