March 21, 2015
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - It was an exciting Desert Shootout for sure, coming down to the third and final day. Although the University of Denver shot a very solid 24-under par for the tournament, Kansas was not to be denied. The Jayhawks won the 'Shootout' by posting a remarkable 35-under par, outpacing runner-up Iowa State by 8-strokes. Wichita State finished third at 26-under par with Idaho, who shot a final day best 15-under, coming in fourth at 25 under par.
"A bit disappointed with our round today," said Denver head coach Erik Billinger. "But what a great learning experience for us."
For the Pioneers, Chris Korte (Littleton, Colo.) was the big story. The freshman, who came out of the box with birdies on the first two holes and three in the first five, held the lead for much of the final round before finishing at 9-under par, placing him in a sixth place tie with two others.
"Chris had a fantastic week and I'm really proud of him," Billinger expressed.
Antoine Rozner of UMKC, who shot 5-under par on the final day, rose up the leaderboard and earned the win at 12-under par, two shots ahead of four others; Dan Sutton of Idaho, Sam Daley of Iowa State, Brock Drogosch of Kansas and Wichita State's Louis Cohen Boyer.
Korte wasn't the only impressive DU freshman. Jake Kelley (Littleton, Colo.) shined, completing his tourney at 5-under par, good for 19th place. Next for Denver was sophomore Petter Mikalsen (Stavanger, Norway) who ended up at 4-under par and in 24th place.
Rounding out the remainder of DU's lineup, sophomore Patrick Frodigh (Westwood, Mass.) and junior Arti Edelman (Geneva, Switzerland) each had very solid tournaments, both finishing at 1-under par. Frodigh enjoyed an eagle on the 11th hole during his final round, the only eagle of the day for Denver.
The Pioneers will return to action on Thursday, March 26th, when they play in The Goodwin tournament, in Palo Alto, California. The tourney is hosted by Stanford on the picturesque Stanford University Golf Course. The tradition laden property has hosted events since 1930.
"We can't wait to leave for Stanford on Tuesday and go compete again," Billinger said.
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