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Kansas & Missouri Face Off in Senior Cup Matches

Team Kansas Stops the Streak

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Not since 2006 has a Kansas senior team won the Ozark Senior Challenge trophy.  Then it was the sixth Team Captain Dick Kendrickconsecutive wins over the Arkansas team against whom the series was started in 1997.   In 2007 a Missouri team took over for Arkansas and they had kept Team Kansas off the winning side of the ledger for eight years.  To be accurate, the two teams tied in 2007.

But KGA Senior Series Commissioner Dick Kendrick knew that eventually his Kansas team would prevail over the Show Me State rivals, and 2015 proved to be the year that the streak ended.

The Ozark Senior Challenge pits 12 senior golfers each from Kansas and Missouri in a Ryder Cup-style three round match play competition each October.  Eight of the players play the four-ball, foursomes and singles matches without a handicap applied, while the other four team members play the same formats using their handicaps.

Topeka Country Club hosted the event in mid-October with outstanding firm and fast golf course conditions.

Day one of the matches gave the Kansas team some hope of an eventual victory.  After the morning four-ball matches both teams had won 3 matches, so all tied going into the afternoon.  The difficult foursomes (alternate shot) format revealed that Kansas has trouble with that form of play.  For the four scratch player matches, Missouri won three of them.  But the net players for Kansas came through with a two point sweep.  So, after two rounds of matches the score was 6-6.Team Kansas - Ozark Senior Challenge

The lineup of 12 singles match points the next morning was a nail biter.  Of the eight non-handicap matches, only the first one reached the 17th green.  Six of the points were decided in lop-sided fashion on either the 13th or 14th hole.  But the rout was even-handed and the score was now 10-10.

The remaining four points would be decided in the singles matches contested by the net players.  The Kansas heroes were Jerry Kruger from Topeka, Jay Warren from Garden City, Calvin Clough from Wichita and Matt Rose from Shawnee.   Kruger and Clough secured their points on the 17th green and Warren had to play all 18 holes to get his point.  The final point did not matter as Kansas had 13 points, enough to claim the trophy.  But for good measure Rose halved his match to add ½ point for a 13.5 total.  Missouri ended with a total 10.5 points.

Other Kansas team members were Bob Hartmann (Shawnee), Mark Worthey (Kansas City), Randy Vautravers (Andover), Peter Robbins (Olathe), John Bailey (Nashville), Brad Swanson (Winfield), Tim Tyner (Council Grove) and Tracy Chamberlin (Wichita).

With the negative streak ended, Team Kansas will now set its sights on beginning another streak – a winning one!


Super Seniors End a Tie

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Playing at the same time and place as their counterparts in the Ozark Senior Challenge, a Team Kansas - Association Senior Cupteam of six “super seniors” from Kansas and Missouri contested the Association Senior Cup.

Kansas was led by Bill Quattlebaum (Wichita) who won the super senior title at last month’s KGA Senior Series Championship.   The other team members were Bill McDonald (Topeka), Doug Kaup (Phillipsburg), Dick Landon (Olathe), Richard Markley (Cleveland, MO) and Jim Lodes (Lenexa).

This competition began in 2001 and was originally played between a Kansas team and a Kansas City team, then in later changed to Kansas versus Arkansas.  In 2007 it was again changed to have a Kansas against Missouri event to coincide with the Ozark event.   The Kansas team has only won the event one time (2002), but it has played to a tie three times (2003, 2004 and 2015).

Since 2007 Missouri has managed to get the better of the Kansas team age 65 and older.  In the last eight years Missouri has won and then retained the challenge trophy.   It would take an outright victory for Kansas to again possess the trophy.

Despite a home course for the Kansans, they could not break their Missouri rivals.  Both team round of matches ended with a tie in points based on a win for each and one halved match.  Then in the singles round there were two matches each way and two halved matches.  So the final score was 6-6 and a tie results in no change of trophy possession.

One thing about our Kansas guys – they’ll be back next year for another try!