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KGA Announces Team Kansas for USGA State Team Championship

Past Kansas Teams & Results

A trio of accomplished Kansas amateur golfers has been named to represent the State of Kansas at the upcoming US Men’s State Team Championship to be held at the Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama, September 28-30.   This national team event is held in even numbered years with all 50 states represented.  Kansas won this event in 2010 and was runner-up in 2009.

Tim McKinnis of Lyons, Kansas was the top qualifier for the Kansas team.  In late June he won The Railer, our state’s individual stroke play amateur championship.  A month later he followed up that win with a strong showing at the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship where he finished in a tie for second place in the 36-hole stroke play qualifying portion played to determine the match play bracket.   McKinnis lost in a play-off and got the runner-up trophy at last month’s Kansas Senior Amateur, but no points were earned to qualify him for this team as it was an event for seniors only.   So, he added a few more points with an 8th place finish at the High Plains Amateur in late August.

Tim at the age of 51 is a reinstated amateur and since regaining his amateur status in 2013 he has won two KGA championship and finished high in several open events.   The former minor league baseball pitcher has a relaxed, yet competitive nature that will serve his teammates well in Alabama.

Bradley Lane of Lawrence, Kansas used a 10th place finish at the High Plains Amateur to secure enough points to qualify for the Kansas team.  Lane at age 36 is the 2015 KGA Mid-Amateur Player-of-the-Year and he is well on his way to winning that award for his 2016 play.   He finished 4th at the Konza Prairie Amateur in June and advanced to the round of 16 at the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship in July.   He finished 6th at The Railer.   He also qualified for the US Mid-Amateur which is being played this month.

Lane is a political science professor at the University of Kansas and played college golf at Rice University.  Since moving to Lawrence from New Mexico a few years ago he has been one of the state’s best amateur golfers.

Spencer Christian of Wichita rounds out the Kansas team.  The former Wichita State golfer and member at Wichita Country Club was a unanimous selection by the KGA Executive Committee for the third spot.  Spencer also tied for second in the stroke play qualifying portion of the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship at Southwind but then advanced in match play all the way to the semifinals where he lost to eventual champion Blake Allen, 1 up.

Christian plans a busy month in September.  The 30 year-old is getting married only days before the trip to Birmingham!

Good luck to Team Kansas.  There’s room for another trophy on the shelf!