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2015 KGA Bushnell Players of the Year


The Kansas Golf Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Bushnell Player-of-the-Year awards in four categories.  Click here to view point standings for all four categories.  Based on season-long performance in KGA events and prominent national events, the following amateur golfers have earned the distinction as Kansas Bushnell Player-of-the-Year:

 

Overall – Sam Stevens (Wichita)

Wichita's Sam Stevens
Sam Stevens had one goal for 2015 – win the Kansas Amateur!  Everything was set up for that to happen.  The championship would be played at Wichita Country Club, a course at which he had spent hundreds of hours playing and practicing as he learned how to play golf at a high level.   The “home game” advantage for Stevens might not have been needed as his motivation was extremely high.  Sam had finished runner-up in each of the last two Kansas Amateurs.  With friends and family watching, Sam claimed medalist honors and proceeded to win his way through the match play bracket where he faced Matt Green in the finals.  Stevens, an Oklahoma State sophomore golfer, and Green, a Kansas State golfer, slugged it out for 36 holes of under-par golf that saw several lead changes and holes halved with birdies and eagles.  Sam won the final match 1 up and became the fourth member of his family to win a Kansas Amateur title.

Sam also qualified for the US Amateur at Olympia Fields in Chicago where he played well enough to earn a spot in the 64-player match play bracket.  He lost in the first round, but chances are good he will find his way back to another US Amateur.



Senior – Tracy Chamberlin (Wichita)

Wichita's Tracy Chamberlin
Tracy Chamberlin won two individual Kansas senior titles and two Kansas team events in 2015.  He was the senior division winner at The Railer, a 54-hole stroke play championship played annually at Sand Creek Station GC in Newton in June, and he won the KGA Senior Series Championship at Falcon Lakes in September.   He teamed with longtime partner Steve Newman to win both the Senior Four-Ball and the Senior Team championships.   Tracy is always in contention as evidenced by his third place finish at the Kansas Senior Amateur and the second place finish in the senior flight at the High Plains Amateur, both played in August.  Tracy also anchored the Kansas team for the victory at the Ozark Senior Challenge in October.








Junior – Blake Allen (Lenexa)

Lenexa's Blake Allen
In a close three-way race during the short three month junior golf season, Blake Allen emerged as the top junior golfer in Kansas for 2015.  His 663.5 points narrowly topped Grant Herrenbruck of Salina at 638.33 and Wells Padgett of Wichita at 608.

Blake was the Junior Section Team Champion played at Winfield’s Quail Ridge Golf Course in July.  He followed that up with a 2-win showing at the Junior Match Play event.   He played in the Kansas Amateur at Wichita CC and finished 5th among juniors in the stroke play field and he did qualify for match play.  He qualified and played into the top 60 players at the national Big I championship at Prairie Dunes CC and he finished as the second best junior golfer in the High Plains Amateur at Southwind.  Blake is 17 years-old so he will have a chance to repeat as KGA Junior POY in 2016.







Mid-Amateur – Bradley Lane (Lawrence)

Lawrence's Bradley Lane
Bradley Lane did not win any championships in 2015 but his consistent and frequent play always saw him in the mix in the last round and that translates to over 700 mid-amateur player-of-the-year points.  He out-earned his Lawrence friend Conrad Roberts by 125 points.

Bradley tied for third at the new Konza Prairie Amateur played at Colbert Hills GC in May and then followed that up with a tie for fifth at The Railer in Newton a month later.  In July he was at the top of his game at the Kansas Amateur when he posted a top 10 stroke play qualifying score and then managed to win four matches before losing in the semi-finals to eventual champion Sam Stevens.    In August he finished tied for sixth in the High Plains Amateur at Southwind.