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Kansas Golfers Are Making Us Proud!

You may have been glued to the TV a few days ago as Topekan Gary Woodland was Topeka's Gary Woodlandknocking off some of the best PGA Tour players in the World Golf Championship Match Play event held at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco.  The unique format gave Gary a chance to play aggressive without too much concern for a big number on any hole and it paid off as he defeated three former Ryder Cuppers in this four-player division and then advanced all the way to the Sunday afternoon final match against the world’s #1 player, Rory McIlroy.   Despite a slow start in the finals where finding the fairway off the tee put him as many as 4 down, Gary held on to extend the match through 16 holes.  His runner-up finish earned him a huge check and jumped him over 20 spots in the world golf rankings.   We are all anticipating more great performances from Gary this summer!

Fred Rowland
Fred Rowland, the 2014 Kansas Golf Hall of Fame inductee, continues to play great golf.  He won the Society of Seniors event in Indian Wells, California last month.  His 54-hole total of 216 was 9 strokes better than second place in the Grand Masters division.

Sterling native Michael GellermanMichael Gellerman, of Sterling, Kansas, was recently named to the first team All-Big 12  for Men’s Golf.  Gellerman is a senior and the #1 player for the University of Oklahoma Sooners.  He plans to finish his amateur golf career in June while representing the Sooners, and then launch a professional golf playing career.  Congratulations, Michael!

Four Kansans qualified for and recently played in the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship conducted by the USGA at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.  Doug Albers and Tyler Shelton shot 6-over par 148 for the qualifying rounds and failed to make the 32-team match play bracket, while Jon Troutman and Don Walsworth, Jr. tied for 14th at 4-under par 136 to secure a spot in match play.  They won in the first round with a 1 up margin, but then ran into a hot team in the round of sixteen, losing 3&1.  You can see the entire results and photo gallery at the new usga.org!