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2019 Bushnell Men's Players of the Year Announced


The Kansas Golf Association is pleased to announce the four Bushnell KGA Men’s Player of the Year award winners for the 2019 season!  These four players exceled in competition during the tournament season and rose to the top of their respective player age category.



Topeka’s Andrew Beckler (pictured above), a senior on the Washburn University golf team, is the 2019 Bushnell KGA Player of the Year winner.

Beckler played well all season, earning victories in the High Plains Amateur at Mariah Hills Golf Course in August and the rain shortened Railer, Kansas Stroke Play Championship at Sand Creek Station in June.  Beckler advanced to the semifinals of the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship in July at Milburn Country Club and collected a runner-up finish in the Kansas Four-Ball in June at Eagle Bend Golf Course with Washburn teammate Ian Trebilcock.

Beckler edged junior standout golfer Nicklaus Mason of Shawnee by less than a half point in the final standings.  Prairie Village’s Andy Spencer, Salina’s Tate Herrenbruck and Wichita’s Elliot Soyez round out the top five in the Bushnell KGA Player of the Year standings.  Click here to view the final standings.



17-year old Tate Herrenbruck of Salina (pictured above), a Kansas University golf commit now completing his final year of high school at Sacred Heart High School, is the 2019 Bushnell KGA Junior Player of the Year.

Herrenbruck’s 2019 campaign included a top ten finish in the Kansas Junior Amateur Championship at Wellington Golf Club and taking low junior honors in the rain shortened Railer, Kansas Stroke Play Championship at Sand Creek Station in June.  Herrenbruck advanced to the quarterfinals of the Kansas Amateur at Milburn Country Club and had runner-up finishes at the KJGA Junior Tour Championship and Junior Match Play Championship at Emporia Golf Course in July.  Herrenbruck was a member of the Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup team at Omaha Country Club and was the low junior at the High Plains Amateur in August.

Herrenbruck edged 2018 Junior Player of the Year Nicklaus Mason of Shawnee by less than twelve points to take top honors.  Emporia’s Gentry Scheve, Plainville’s Tradgon McCrae and Wichita’s Tyler Trudo round out the top five in the Bushnell KGA Junior Player of the Year standings.  Click here to view the final standings.



Wichita’s Elliot Soyez (pictured above), left little doubt in the 2019 Bushnell KGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year race.  Soyez, 29, earned his first title by more than 300 points over his nearest competitor.

Soyez’s 2019 season began in May by qualifying for the KGA’s Kanza Players Cup at Wolf Creek Golf Club, a runner-up finish in the Mid-Amateur Team at Crestview Country Club with partner Jeff Bell and a trip to the USGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes Resort again with partner Jeff Bell got Soyez off a hot start early in the season.  Top ten finishes in the The Railer at Sand Creek Station, Konza Prairie Amateur at Colbert Hills and Kansas Four-Ball at Eagle Bend Golf Course in June helped Soyez extend his lead in the season long point race.

A strong showing at the Kansas Amateur in July at Milburn Country Club and a victory in early August in the Heart of America Four-Ball Match Play Championship at Lawrence Country Club with partner Jeff Bell secured the 2019 award for Soyez.

Perry’s William Gantz, Stilwell’s Park Ulrich, Manhattan’s Brian Fehr and Overland Park’s Jeff Bell completed the top five in the Bushnell KGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year standings.  Click here to view the final standings.



61-year old Greg Goode of Salina (pictured above) repeated as Bushnell KGA Senior Player of the Year for 2019.

Goode earned three victories in 2019 at the rain shortened Railer, Kansas Stroke Play Championship at Sand Creek Station and the Kansas Four-Ball at Eagle Bend Golf Course with partner Sean Thayer.  Collected top five finishes in the Senior Team at Crestview Country Club, Senior Amateur at Firekeeper, Senior Series Championship at Reflection Ridge Golf Club and the Senior Four-Ball at Wichita Country Club.  Goode also finished in the top five in eight KGA Senior Series regular season events.

A highlight of Goode’s season included qualifying for the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Old Chatham Golf Club in North Carolina.

Goode represented Team Kansas during the Director’s Cup Matches in September and Ozark Senior Challenge in October.

Garden City’s Sean Thayer, Wichita’s Tracy Chamberlin, Mission Hills’ Bryan Norton and Peter Robbins of Olathe round out the top five in the 2019 Bushnell KGA Senior Player of the Year standings.  Click here to view the final standings.