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Kansas Golf Associaition

Congratulations to KGA Champions in June

Chase Hanna wins Boys Junior, Ben Lowman claims Public Links title

June is a busy month for golf in Kansas.  Four championships, including the Kansas Four-Ball Chase Hanna, Boys Junior championand The Railer which have been described in this and a prior edition of Kansas Golfer Online, give golfers of all ages and handicap levels the opportunity to compete.  The KGA congratulates our other June champions, Chase Hanna and Ben Lowman.

Hanna, a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, set a KGA record by posting an eight stroke margin of victory in the Kansas Junior Amateur Championship played at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield, Kansas.  His 54 hole total of 210 included rounds of 66-68-76.  Hanna will join the golf team at the University of Kansas in August.

Shortly after his record-setting performance at the Kansas Junior, Hanna traveled to the prestigious Western Junior Amateur being played at Meridian Hills CC in Indianapolis, Indiana.  There he set a course record in the first round and caught the eye of a field of the nation’s top junior golfers.  His eight-under par 63 was flawless and it is now the highlight of his young golfing career. Ben Lowman, 2013 Public Links champion Ultimately, Hanna finished 23rd in the 156 player field.

2013 Kansas Junior Amateur age group champions were Hanna in the 18 year-old division; Evan Shartzer of Overland Park in the 17 year-old division (222); Cole Christain of Wichita in the 16 year-old division (223); James Henderson of Overland Park in the 15 year-old division (221); and Taylor Larsen of Garden City in the 14 and under age division (228).

Lowman, a Wichita native and a recent graduate of Creighton University and member of the golf team, soared from fourth place after an opening round two-over par 74 on the wings of a four-under par 68 in the second and final round of the KGA Public Links at the difficult Auburn Hills Golf Course in Wichita.  He finished at two-under par 142 and to take the public golfers’ championship of Kansas by one stroke over Wichita senior veteran amateur golfer Steve Newman.