Tim McKinnis Wins 35th Senior Amateur
Lyons' Tim McKinnis cruised an easy five shot victory at the 35th Kansas Senior Amateur Championship at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, KS. The 50-year reinstated amateur used rounds of 68 and 67 to finish at 5-under par 135 total for the 36-hole championship. Past Senior Amateur champion Kevin Handlan, Leawood, finished in second at even par 140 total. Wichita's Tracy Chamberlin continued his stellar play with a third place finish at 2-over par 142 total.
In the Super Senior Division, Lawrence's Richard Stuntz also cruised to an easy victory. Stuntz finished the championship at even par 140 total to best the field by six shots. Michael Carey took second place honors at 6-over par 146 total. Lenexa's Jim Lodes rounded out the top three in the super senior set. A big thank you to the professional staff at Indian Hills Country Club for hosting the 35th Kansas Senior Amateur Championship. Click here for more information including the player information memo, pairings and results!
Sam Stevens Wins 105th Kansas Amateur
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After two consecutive heart-breaking losses in the Kansas Amateur Match Play finals, Sam Stevens prepared his game, his strategy and his mind for a championship this year at his boyhood golf course, Wichita Country Club. On Sunday his golf skills and mental toughness propelled him to his first Kansas Amateur championship title in an unbelievably competitive see-saw battle with Matt Green, a collegian of impressive talent as a Kansas State junior.
Stevens, an Oklahoma State sophomore, began the week-long championship with “statement” rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, the stroke play days. His 11-under par total of 131 gave him the #1 seed as the medalist, four strokes better than two others at 135, one of whom was Matt Green. The only reason Green was the #3 seed was that #2 went to Conrad Roberts based on his earlier finish. Both Stevens and Green marched through the match play bracket knowing that the two Big 12 Conference golfers could meet in the finals. Stevens had his toughest early matches against other Wichita Country Club members in Pete Krsnich and Christian Spencer. Green had to take out another Wichita CC member in Max Lazzo in the semifinals. After five match wins the hole-by-hole review of the two finalists showed that both Stevens and Green could make a lot of birdies, maybe an eagle or two, and that the finals could be very exciting. They did not disappoint.
Both players birdied the opening hole for a halve and those few spectators arriving for the 7:30 a.m. start knew they were about to witness a classic battle.
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Martin Park Sunflower Girls Championship
The 5th Martin Park Sunflower Girls Junior Championship will be held at Hesston Golf Course in Hesston, KS. This 36-hole championship will be held on August 1-2, and have a few new looks coming from a recent remodel and changing of nines. Female amateurs ages 12 and above that have not yet started college full time are eligible to participate. A practice round is included as part of your entry fee and can be arranged by calling the friendly golf shop staff.
Groupings and starting times for round one on Saturday, August 1 are now posted and will begin at 9:00 am from #1 tee. Click here for more information including yardages, pairings and results.
Brooks Brown Wins Junior Match Play
Blake Allen Wins Jr. Section Championship
Section Team Results
Junior Match Play Brackets
It was with great perseverance that Brooks Brown, Salina, worked his way through the 16 player bracket to become the 2015 Junior Match Play Champion. In a rematch from the 2014 Jr. Match Play semi-finals, Brown defeated fellow Salina Country Club standout Grant Herrenbruck by a 1 up margin. Because of the severe weather in the south central part of the state, a six hour weather delay shortened rounds three and four to just 9-holes. The KGA would like to thank all the competitors for their flexibility and understanding. We'd also like to thank the members and staff at Quail Ridge Golf Course for a great week! Finally, we'd like to congradulate Blake Allen, Grant Herrenbruck, Kale Reynolds, Cole Dillon, Alex Graf, Andrew Beckler, Kaden Macha and Brooks Brown for making the 2015 KS-NE Junior Cup Team!
Lenexa native Blake Allen claimed his first KGA Championship by winning the 2015 Junior Section Team Championship. Allen posted a second round 1-under par 71 to finish tied for the lead with Troy Watson, Coffeyville, at 5-under par 139. Allen was able to close out Watson with a par on the second playoff hole. The Metro section held on to its round one lead to win the Team Championship by 38 strokes over their neighbors from the Northeast. Other age division winners include: Ryan Lee, 11 & Under, Davis Cooper & Trey McCrea, 12-13, Grant Herrenbruck, 14-15 and Sydney Murray, Girls Division.
KGA Online Apparel Shop
Looking for a gift for the golfer in your family? The KGA is happy to announce the launching of an online apparel store through our partners at Planet Pro Shop, where you can buy KGA logo gear from Nike, Adidas, Puma and other brands. Apparel can be customized with different KGA logos and KGA championships. Click here to check it out!