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Fall a Busy Time for KGA Championships


After Labor Day and the fall aerifications at Kansas golf courses the number of players wanes, the putting greens get faster and the weather is much better than the “dog days” of summer.   KGA players take advantage of the great conditions to participate in a variety of season-ending events.  Here’s a recap:


DIRECTORS’ CUP

Despite fielding a great team “on paper” that included the father/son duo of Charlie and Kansas Directors Cup teamSam Stevens, the eight-member Kansas team could not break the string of consecutive wins by the host State.  Wild Horse Golf Course in Gothenburg, Nebraska was the venue for the bi-annual Directors’ Cup for teams from Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.  After three rounds of matches, which included four-ball, foursomes and singles, the Nebraska team “held serve” by accumulating 29 points.  Iowa came close with 24.5 points and Kansas was only able to secure 18.5 points.   Jack Courington of Wichita led the Kansas squad having earned 8.5 of the 9 points possible in his three matches.  Congratulations to Team Nebraska and the pressure is now on Kansas to avoid being the first state to lose this competition on its “home ground”.  Kansas will host the next Directors’ Cup in September 2015 at a site yet to be identified.


KGA SENIOR SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

Over 200 Kansas senior golfers compete from April through August to earn the invitation to play in the annual KGA Senior Series Championship.  The 2014 event was held in Senior Series champions - Mark Elliott & Ron Brewermid-September at Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence.  Two days of individual stroke play determined the team members for the upcoming Ozark Senior Challenge and Association Senior Cup matches with rival teams from Missouri.

Mark Elliott of Topeka was able to easily defend his title as KGA Senior Series Champion by firing a 2-under par 142 (71-71).  Bob Hartmann, the Shawnee, KS pastor, actually secured the first round lead with a 3-under par 69 but he had to hold on during the second round as the putts were not dropping.  He finished in second at 5-over par 149.

On the Super Senior side of the board, veteran amateur and former KGA Player-of-the-Year Ron Brewer of Leawood finished at 4-over par 148 to post a three-stroke victory over his friend and four-ball partner Fred Rowland.  Newcomer to the “super” ranks Kent Reynolds of Overland Park was thrilled to finish in a strong third place at 9-over par 153.

After a quick one hole play-off and then exercising his captain’s picks, KGA Senior Series Commission Dick Kendrick announced the two squads for the matches against Missouri at Firekeeper Golf Course, October 14-15:

Ozark Senior Challenge:  Mark Elliott (Topeka), Bob Hartmann (Shawnee), Bob Bezek (Ottawa), Tim Tyner (Council Grove), Peter Robbins (Olathe), Fran Ferns (Leawood), Wes Owens (Dodge City), Don Noller (Marion), Pat Goeke (Paola), Barry Childs (Belleville), John Bailey (Mission) and RJ Opliger (Lawrence).

Association Senior Cup: Ron Brewer (Leawood), Fred Rowland (Leawood), Kent Reynolds (Overland Park), Jerry Roberts (Olathe), Joe Wallingford (Topeka) and Duane Creekmore (Wichita).

 

KANSAS CUP

More Kansas golfers compete in the annual Kansas Cup program than any other KGA championship and the competition can get “serious”.  25 teams started with 3-teamSalina Country Club - 2013 Kansas Cup champions divisional play in May and 16 of those teams advanced to the play-offs in August and early September.  The Kansas Cup “Final Four” met for the semifinals and finals over two days in September at Manhattan Country Club.

Teams from Wellington Golf Course, Colbert Hills Golf Course, Salina Country Club and Alvamar Country Club met in Manhattan on two crisp fall days to play a series of 9 matches in each round.  Alvamar Country Club, managed to advance to the finals after beating Colbert Hills in a sudden death play-off.   Colbert Hills holds the distinction of having advanced to the final four on three occasions and failing to make it to the finals having lost in sudden death all three times.   Salina Country Club eliminated a strong Wellington Golf Course team.

Both squads in the finals had to juggle their line-ups as Saturday obligations took some team members out of the lineup.  Salina Country Club took an early lead with wins in the modified chapman alternate shot and professional four-ball matches and then had an easy time of it for the balance of the lineup.  A decisive win of 6.5 to 2.5 made for a lot of smiles as Salina Country Club posed for the champion team photo with the crystal Kansas Cup trophy.  This was the third Kansas Cup title for Salina Country Club in the last five years.


MID-AM TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Pete Krsnich and Tyler Chapman, both of Wichita and both former champions of the KGA Pete Krsnich & Tyler Chapman - 2013 Mid-Am Team championsMid-Am Team (but with different partners) figured experience with the multi-day changing format of this season-ending event at Firekeeper Golf Course would serve them well as a team.  They were right.  In the Shamble format, Krsnich/Chapman took it low to 10-under par 62 to secure a two stroke lead over two other experienced teams.  Ten birdies (four of which were consecutive) and no bogeys made them the team to beat with two rounds remaining.  They padded their lead to three strokes in the second round of Modified Chapman Alternate Shot.   No, the format was not named after Tyler Chapman, but you might think he had a secret to it with 7 more birdies and an eagle.  Only one bogey marred the card.   Entering the final round with four-ball the format, Krsnich and Chapman only needed to card a 3-under par 69 and end their wire-to-wire run over the runner-up team of Zac Burton and JT Vilkanskas of Manhattan, who were three strokes back.  Burton and Vilkanskas had won the Masters Division of the Kansas Four-Ball last June.   Third place went to Tyler Shelton and John Hess.


SENIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Now that Tracy Chamberlin of Wichita is 50-years old it is quite possible that no other team Steve Newman & Tracy Chamberlin and Doug Kaup & Bob Vidricksenwill have a shot to beat Chamberlin and his long-time partner Steve Newman, also of Wichita.  Newman is always a favorite to win as he proved earlier this year by winning the Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Topeka CC and finishing as runner-up at the Senior Amateur at Meadowbrook CC.   Chamberlin and Newman set a championship record in the first round of the Senior Team Championship at Firekeeper Golf Course.  With no fives on the scorecard and 13 threes, they posted a 13-under par 59 in the Shamble format.  That gave them a very comfortable three stroke lead of Marvin Linville and Brian Burris.  They built on their lead with a 5-under par 67 in the difficult second round format of Modified Chapman.  And to be consistent, they posted the low score of the third round at 6-under par 66 for a total of 192, tying the championship record for total score.   Defending champions Mike Grosdidier and Mark Elliott finished as runner-up at a distant nine strokes.

In the Super Senior division (for those age 60 and older), two men used to winning KGA titles made a winning combination to post a 15-under par 201.  Doug Kaup  of Phillipsburg and Bob Vidricksen of Salina held on for a two-stroke win over a team of former senior players-of-the-year in Bill Toalson and Don Cox.