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Kansas Golf Associaition

105th Kansas Amateur Preview

A strong field of 156 Kansas amateur golfers will convene at Wichita Country Club next week for the 105th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship.  This is the 12th time this KGA-founding club will have hosted the association’s premier event – the sixth time at its current location.

All details of the Championship can be seen at www.kansasgolf.org.   Players, spectators, friends and family around the world can follow the action with stroke play results and standings on Tuesday and Wednesday, then match play results Thursday through the Sunday finals.   Look for daily highlights there as well.

Defending champion Bryan Norton of Mission Hills, KS will attempt to break his own record set last year – becoming the oldest player to win the Kansas Amateur at the age of 55.   He will have a strong challenge from Sam Stevens of Wichita and Chase Hanna of Leawood.  Stevens has been the Kansas Amateur runner-up each of the last two years (losing in the finals to Hanna in 2013 and Norton last year), but this year he is playing a golf course upon which he learned the game and honed his skills before joining the Oklahoma State golf team in the fall of 2014.  Hanna continues to improve since his win in 2013 and the KU #1 golfer will be ready to get back to the finals this year.Bryan Norton - 2014 champion

Other players of note in the starting field are past Kansas Amateur champions Sean Thayer of Garden City, Corey Novascone and Darren Copp of Wichita.   KGA Mid-Am Player-of-the-Year for 2014 Zac Burton of Manhattan is always a contender.  Jack Courington of Wichita, fresh from his second win of the KGA’s stroke play amateur championship, the 54-hole Railer championship played at Sand Creek Station GC in June, might be the best golfer in Kansas right now.

Don Kuehn will proudly wear the badge of oldest player in the field.  The 68-year-old has played in many Kansas Amateurs (once ousting the #1 seed in match play) and it won’t be surprising to see the reigning Kansas Senior Amateur champion play his way into the match play bracket.

The youngest players in the field are a couple of 14-year-olds.  Cooper Steiner of Wichita and Sion Audrain of Garden City are among the 39 players in the field that are “junior” golfers (age 18 and under).

The average age of the field is 27.2 years.  Sean Robertson continues his streak of consecutive years qualifying for the Kansas Amateur.  This will be his 27th Kansas Amateur, beginning the run in 1989.