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Kansas Golf Associaition

Firekeeper Wins Kansas Cup Title

28 teams from Kansas Golf Association member clubs entered the 2016 Kansas Cup competition and only Firekeeper Golf Course advanced through the season-long program without a divisional or play-off loss.  The 16-player team had the right formula for the nine differently formatted matches played in each of its nine contests to attain its first Kansas Cup title in September.

Firekeeper head golf professional Randy Towner is no stranger to the Kansas Cup.  His Alvamar Country Club teams had two prior championship titles.   The Firekeeper team was built from Topeka area public golfers and boasted several outstanding amateurs, including 2016 Kansas Amateur semifinalist Chris McGown and several former Washburn University standouts.

The only blemish on the Firekeeper Kansas Cup record came with a tie against divisional rival Great Life-Salina.  But their undefeated divisional record put them into the playoffs against Wichita Country Club, the defending champion, in the quarterfinals.    Unfortunately, that match was postponed by rain and had to be played at the site of the finals in late September at Wamego Country Club.   Firekeeper and Wichita CC played their 9 matches early on the semifinal day at Wamego.  With Firekeeper securing a 6-3 win over WCC, they then turned right around and played their semifinal match against Eagle Bend Golf Course.  Perhaps the morning round gave them a good enough look at the unique Wamego layout that they were able to secure a narrow 5.5-3.5 win over the Eagle Bend team making its first trip to the Kansas Cup playoffs.

In the other semifinal match, Terradyne Country Club, also making its first appearance in the final four, posted a convincing win over Wellington Golf Course by a margin of 6.5 to 2.5.

Two undefeated teams faced off in the finals on the neutral site at Wamego Country Club.  On a perfect Saturday morning, with the golf course empty of local players (everyone went to Manhattan for a football game!), the teams from Firekeeper and Terradyne sent its best out in 9 different matches of varying formats from alternate shot to four-ball and singles matches.  The Firekeeper lineup prevailed by a margin of 5.5 to 3.5

Congratulations to the Firekeeper Golf Course, 2016 Kansas Cup champions!