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Wichita State Men Claim 6th straight MVC Title

The Wichita State University men’s golf team captured its sixth-straight Missouri Valley Conference Championship with a record-setting 32-stroke victory at Dalhousie Country Club.  Rafael Becker took the individual title with a 6-under 210 (74-68-68), four strokes ahead of teammate Hunter Sparks.

The Shockers’ margin of victory was easily the largest since the conference tournament went to a 54-hole format in 1990.  Tulsa’s 26-stroke victory in a rain-shorted tournament in 1995 was the previous high.  The Shockers carded a 3-under 858 to cruise past second place Illinois State (890) and third place Southern Illinois (896) to record the 18th Valley Championship in school history.

Following the championship, Grier Jones was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year for the 10th time in his 17 years at Wichita State and Hunter Sparks was named the MVC Golfer of the Year, the league announced on April 30th.  Four other Shockers earned all-conference nods.  – www.goshockers.com

Leawood South Country Club sold

The Leawood South Country Club has been bought by Capital Foresight, a Los Angeles-based real estate development company. Capital Foresight was the same firm that bought and helped Brookridge Country Club two years ago when its full time membership was down to 150 families.

The firm’s plan is to revive the Leawood club by converting the banquet space into a fitness center, similar to the strategy used at Brookridge. The club will be re-named the Country Club of Leawood.

Chris Thompson wins eGolf Tour event

Lawrence resident and former Kansas Amateur Champion, Chris Thompson, took home the Chris Thompson$17,000 first place prize at the eGolf Tour’s The Championship at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, NC last month. Thompson played a wonderful final round, posting  seven birdies and no bogeys.

Thompson began Thursday’s final round trailing overnight leader Chris Epperson by five shots. His final round started on the back nine, where he shot four pars on his first four holes, then followed by a powerful surge of birdies.

The win was Thompson’s third since the 2010 season; making him third on the eGolf Tour money list with $29,216 in earnings this year.