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2013 KGA Players-of-the-Year Announced

Three Wichitans share the spotlight with Leawood’s Chase Hanna as KGA Players-of-the-Year for 2013.  This annual recognition goes to players in four age group categories and is based on overall performance and results in KGA competitions plus designated national championships.

Chase Hanna
, now 19-years old and a freshman on the University of Kansas golf team, had Chase Hanna, 2013 KGA Player of the Yeara banner year with his golf clubs in hand.  In June he set a record for margin of victory and running away from the field in the Kansas Junior Amateur at Winfield’s Quail Ridge Golf Course.  A couple of weeks later he impressed the national golf media by setting a course record in the first round of the Western Junior against a field of the highest ranked junior golfers.  Then in July, he dominated the best Kansas amateur golfers at Indian Hills Country Club to win the 103rd Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship (on his nineteenth birthday!).   Johnny Stevens, grandfather to Sam Stevens the Kansas Amateur runner-up, was on hand to watch Hanna become only the second person to win both the Kansas Junior and the Kansas Amateur in the same year.  Johnny Stevens was the first to do it in 1960.  Both golfers accomplished the feat as teenagers.   With four years of college in front of him, look for the name Chase Hanna to be engraved a few more times on the KGA’s Player-of-the-Year trophy.

While Wichita junior golfer Sam Stevens may not have been able to win the final match ofSam Stevens, 2013 Junior Player of the Year the Kansas Amateur against Chase Hanna, he did narrowly out climb Hanna to the top of the points list for the 2013 KGA Junior Player-of-the-Year award, making it his second consecutive KGA honor.   Stevens received a large number of Junior POY points for the runner-up Kansas Amateur finish, but the big tally came from his national championship title at the Big “I”.  This historic national junior championship conducted by the Independent Insurance Agents Association is one of the biggest junior events of the year.  Stevens also finished second amongst juniors in The Railer field (Kansas stroke play championship) and he was co-runnerup at the annual High Plains Amateur at Southwind, where his dad Charlie was the champion. Sam Stevens will finish his high school education at Wichita’s Kapaun High School and he plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2014 where he will be a much anticipated addition to the Cowboy golf program.

Steven Newman
of Wichita played in six KGA championships in 2013.  He finished in first Steve Newman, 2013 Senior Player of the Yearplace in four of them, including the Mid-Amateur Championship at Topeka Country Club against a much younger field of golfers.   He also won the Senior Team Championship at Firekeeper Golf Course with Tracy Chamberlin as his partner.  He wasn’t able to successfully defend his Kansas Senior Amateur title, but runner-up earned him a good number of POY points.  He secured his second consecutive KGA Senior POY award with first place finishes for seniors at The Railer and the KGA Public Links championships.   Just as impressive was his second place finish on the overall KGA POY points list.  Newman may have a shot at setting the record of most KGA Senior POY awards, currently held by Ron Brewer with five awards.

Wichita native Pete Krsnich is now the top mid-amateur golfer in Kansas.  His 2013Pete Krsnich, 2013 Mid-Amateur Player of the Year performance might have been his best in his amateur career.  Krsnich has clearly found a way to juggle work and family responsibilities and still find time to play quality amateur golf.  He was the #3 seed in the Kansas Amateur and he was first amongst mid-amateurs at The Railer and the Mid-Amateur Championship, and second at The High Plains Amateur.   He teamed with Tyler Chapman to win the Mid-Am Team Championship.   Krsnich also serves on the KGA board of directors and chairs an ad hoc committee for mid-amateur competition issues.