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Kansas Team Sets High Goals for USGA State Team Championship

Since 2009, Kansas has been a factor in the bi-annual USGA State Team Championship conducted by the USGA.  In ’09 Kansas finished as runner-up and then came back in 2010 to win the title wire-to-wire in the 54-hole national event.

The recently announced Kansas team should again be a factor in the outcome of the 2014 US State Team Championship to be played September 30 to October 2 at French Lick Resort inBryan Norton French Lick, Indiana.

2014 Kansas Amateur Match Play champion Bryan Norton of Mission Hills, KS will play in his third US State Team championship.  He was the overall medalist when Kansas won the event in 2010.

“Bryan will lead this team with his experience and calm approach to the game,” commented Kim Richey, KGA Executive Director.  “Even though he is a senior golfer at the age of 55, Bryan is the best golfer in Kansas right now.”

Norton’s teammates will be Zac Burton from Manhattan, Kansas and Doug Albers from Leawood, Kansas.

Zac BurtonBurton has come on strong in 2014 with one win and two runner-up finishes.  He won the KGA Public Links Championship at Colbert Hills GC in May while losing in sudden-death play-offs at both the KGA Mid-Amateur and The Railer.   He was the #3 seed at the Kansas Amateur played in July at Mission Hills CC.

Richey noted that “Zac is an athlete and an intense competitor.  He plays to win with a powerful and smart management of his way around a golf course.  Zac’s work on his game over the last few years is really paying off in 2014.  He played in this event in 2012 and he’s ready for redemption.”

Doug Albers will be playing in his first US State Team Championship but he is no stranger to Doug AlbersUSGA national championships.  Doug played in the 2013 US Mid-Amateur and advanced to the sectional qualifying of the 2014 US Open.

“Doug has played well locally and nationally and has his game in great shape right now.  He advanced to the semifinals of the Kansas Amateur and has been focused on this US State Team event for two years,” explained Richey.

The US State Team Championship is a 54-hole team stroke play event where the best two of three scores each round combine to make the team’s score.  All 50 states are expected to be represented for the 11th playing of the event.  Texas has won the event three times and Minnesota has won twice.  The Kansas team is selected by the KGA with consideration given for performance by a Kansas resident golfer in 2014.  College golfers are excluded from consideration since the championship is played during the college competitive golf season.

The USGA website for the 2014 US State Team Championship can be viewed at http://www.usga.org/ChampEventSite.aspx?id=17179869330.