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Worth Noting:

Bryan Norton Takes It to the Finals of US Senior Amateur

Reigning Kansas Amateur champion Bryan Norton of Mission Hills, Kansas came within a few Bryan Norton with caddie Peter Shriverstrokes of becoming the first Kansas in 30 years to win an individual USGA national championship.  Claiming the #11 seed in the US Senior Amateur at Big Canyon Golf Club in Newport Beach, California, Norton walked his way through five opponents (who all took the allowable golf cart) to earn a spot in the 18-hole final match against Patrick Tallent, a 61 year-old from Virginia.

With a slow start by Norton and a couple of early birdies by Tallent, the new Kansas Player-of-the-Year, found himself 4 down after nine holes.  But Norton calmly fought his way back to just 1 down through 14 holes.  Tallent, the 2010 US Senior Amateur runner-up, was not to be denied however.  Norton ran out of holes after #17 where Tallent had the 2 up advantage.

Norton appearing in his first US Senior Amateur at the age of 55 (the first year he was age eligible) impressed many of the national senior amateur players of reputation and accomplishments.  His runner-up finish gets him exemptions into the next three US Senior Amateurs and next year’s US Senior Open, US Amateur and US Mid-Amateur.

Next up for Bryan Norton is the USGA State Team Championship where he will join Zac Burton and Doug Albers in an effort to claim the second State Team title for Kansas; the first having been won in 2010 when Norton lead a team with Tyler Shelton and Charlie Stevens.


Don Kuehn Wins a Senior Title in New York

The Senior Porter Cup is a historic national amateur championship for seniors played annually Don Kuehnat Niagara Falls Country Club in New York.  Don Kuehn made the trek to see the falls and play some ”super senior” golf in the 65 and older division.  The 67 year-old, and reigning Kansas Senior Amateur champion setting the record for our oldest champion, managed to post a 73 the first round and followed that up with a 67 (shooting his age).  After two rounds he had a two-stroke lead.  The third round was washed out due to heavy rain storms and Kuehn was declared the Super Senior champion!  Don intends to return next year to actually visit the famous falls and defend his title.


Chris Thompson Wins Nebraska Open

The drive from his home in Lawrence to Columbus, Nebraska was well worth the effort for journeyman golf professional Chris Thompson.  The Wells Fargo Nebraska Open offered a winner’s check of $12,000.  So Thompson brought his best game and shot a record-setting 17 under-par 196 for 54 holes and had his name placed on the “payee line” of a big poster board check!  Curtis Yonke, the former K-State golfer now living in Overland Park, finished third.  Good work, gents!

Kansas Juniors Heading to Augusta National

The 2nd annual Drive, Chip and Putt competition, a collaborative effort of The Masters, the USGA and the PGA of America, will be held at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5th.  Some Kansas junior golfers advanced through regional qualifying at Tiffany Greens in Kansas City on September 14th to earn a trip Augusta and a chance to win an age-group skill challenge.  Grant Herrenbruck from Salina will compete in the boys 14-15 division.  Chance Rinkol from Leawood will test his young talent in the 7-9 year-old division for boys, while Julia Misemer will travel from Overland Park to compete in the girls 10-11 year-old division.   Remember those names!