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Kansans on the National Scene in September

With most of the KGA competitive calendar in the record books by the end of August, Kansas golfers are now looking to make a run for a national title in three big USGA championships to be played in September.

Pete Krsnich

First up is the US Mid-Amateur at Saucon Valley CC in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, starting Saturday, September 6th.  This host facility is using 36 holes of its historic club for the starting field of 264 players from all overCharlie Stevens the country.  After two days of stroke play, the field will be cut to the low 64 players who are then seeded into a single-elimination match play bracket.  Kansas is well represented by Pete Krsnich and Charlie Stevens, each members of Wichita Country Club.  Both have had past experience in USGA championships.  Krsnich played in the US Mid-Amateur when it was played at Bandon Dunes in 2007 and Stevens was a member of the Kansas team that won the US State Team Championship in 2010 at Mayacama CC in California.


Bryan Norton, the 2014 Kansas Amateur Match Play Champion, now 55 years old, uses his Bryan Nortonfirst year of age eligibility to qualify for the US Senior Amateur which will be played September 13-18 at Big Canyon Creek in Newport Beach, California.  Norton was the medalist at the Flint Hills National GC qualifier where he is a national member.  The second qualifying spot was earned by another Flint Hills National member, Randy Vautravers of Wichita.  Norton could be aRandy Vautravers strong contender for this national title as he is playing some of his best career golf this summer.  He qualified for and played in the US Senior Open in July and then later won the Kansas Amateur.  He also threw in a second consecutive win of the KGA Father/Son with his son Johnnie in early August.   The US Senior Open uses the same 36-hole stroke play qualifying format to build a 64-player single-elimination match play bracket.


The month closes with the US State Team Championship at The French Zac BurtonLick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, September 30th through October 2nd.  Bryan Norton returns to this championship where he lead Team Kansas to victory in 2010 as the overall medalist.  His 2014 teammates will be current KGA Player-of-the-Year points leader Zac Burton of Manhattan and 2014 Doug AlbersKansas Amateur semifinalist Doug Albers of Leawood.

Good luck to all of our Sunflower State players as they show the rest of the country how good Kansas golfers really are!