KU men’s golf team tied for 10th after two NCAA championship rounds in Arizona

The University of Kansas men’s golf team is tied for 10th after two rounds of the NCAA championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Led by senior Callum Bruce, who is tied for ninth (four shots behind leader Cole Sherwood of Vanderbilt), the Jayhawks shot 17 times over par as a team on Saturday in the second inning.

KU has a team score of (23 over par) 583 in two rounds, good for a 10th-place tie with Georgia. No. 1-ranked Oklahoma leads the field at 2 on the par 562.

Bruce, a graduate transfer from San Diego State, shot a 70 on Saturday to go with his first-round score of 71 on Friday.

“It was tough out there, every shot, every putt, it was an absolute grind,” KU coach Jamie Bermel said in a press release. “Not a lot of birdies, I couldn’t get too close to the pins. But what a round of Callum Bruce today. He kind of saved us.

Going into Sunday’s third round (the last round to feature all 30 teams as the field will be reduced to 15), KU’s Ben Sigel is tied for 65th at 8 over par 148. KU’s Luke Kluver is tied at 85th at 10 over-normal 150; Harry Hillier tied for 97th at 11-par 151; William Duquette tied for 109th at 12 on par 152.

Hillier, co-leader after day one, shot 83 on Saturday to go along with his 68 in the first round.

After Sunday’s third round, the top 15 teams will play on Monday, with the top eight advancing to match play, which begins on Tuesday.

Bruce’s 70 on Saturday tied for the best round of any fielder who started during the afternoon portion of the event. The Banff, Scotland native birdied his first two holes, starting at No. 10. After bogeys at 14 and 18, Bruce fell to 1-over on his turn when he bogeyed at No. 3. He birdied the par-five fourth hole.

He then parried his last five holes to shoot 70.

Bruce fell ill at the NCAA Regional and was removed from the KU roster after the first round of that tournament. His status for the NCAA was questionable at the start of Friday’s round.

“It wasn’t really until late Thursday night that we made the decision to put Callum on,” Bermel said. “He responded very well.”