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Kansas Golfer Online - May 27, 2019

Winners Crowned at Weather Shortened Mid-Am & Sr Team

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Champions were crowned in the weather shortened season opening KGA championship of the 2019 season at Crestview Country Club in Wichita.  Tuesday's third round Four-Ball format was washed out after heavy rain and severe weather created unplayable course conditions after the full field of teams completed two rounds of play on Monday.

In the Mid-Am Team Championship, Wichita residents Corey Novascone & Tyler Chapman were victorious after surviving a three team playoff against the teams of William Gantz/Kit Grove and Jeff Bell/Elliot Soyez.  All three teams were tied at 1-under par 143 after the first two rounds of play on Monday that included a morning Shamble and afternoon Foursomes format.

In the Senior Team Championship, Brad Ansley & Keith King collected their first KGA title after besting the field of teams.  Ansley & King finished the two completed rounds of play at 6-under par 138 total including an impressive 2-under 70 in the difficult afternoon Foursomes format in the second round.  Scott Whittaker & Bob Hannekan finished second place three shots back.

In the Super Senior Team, KGA veterans John Bailey & Peter Robbins lapped the field on their way to a four shot victory.  Bailey & Robbins finished at 1-over par 145 total for the two rounds of completed play.  Lynn Dickey & Randy Nay finished in the runner-up position at 5-over par 149.


East Team Retains 8th Kanza Players Cup

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The East Team rallied in from behind to tie the West Team and retain the Kanza Players Cup on Tuesday at Wolf Creek Golf Club.  The East Team trailed by a six to two margin following the day one Four-Ball and Alternate Shot matches on Monday, but came from behind on Tuesday to win six of the eight available Singles match points to force a tie at eight points each.  Since the East Team was victorious last year they retained the cup for 2019.  Congrats to East Team members Conrad Roberts, William Gantz, Kit Grove, Sam Wempe, Josh Williams, Matthew Quandt, Jeff Bell and Bradley Lane.

The Kanza Players Cup is a Ryder Cup style competition for the top male mid-amateur age players from the previous season's KGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year points list.  16 total players are split into teams of eight and play in Four-Ball, Alternate Shot and Singles Matches over two days.

Glynn/Lucas and Priddy/Hass Victorious at Spring Triple Threat


Megan Lucas and Abby Glynn, both of Topeka, took home the Overall Gross title at the Women’s Spring Triple Threat held at Lawrence CC.  The pair carded a strong 4-under par to cruise to the title.  Megan Lucas drove the green on the difficult par-4 16th and made the eagle putt to seal their victory.

Erin Priddy and Karen Hass took the Overall Net title.  Their 8-under par performance was very strong on a difficult course which yielded only four sub-par net scores.  Narrow fairways, long rough, and undulating greens proved to be a challenge for the entire field.  Steady play in all three formats kept Priddy and Hass atop the net leaderboard for most of the day.

Foundation Junior Golf Scholars Announced

The Kansas Golf Foundation has awarded college scholarships to seven junior golfers for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Five rising college freshmen have been named Kansas Junior Golf Scholars. Those students will receive a grant each of the next four years.  The 2019 Kansas Junior Golf Scholars and the colleges they will be attending next year are:  Kenna Biddle (Winfield),  Anh-Dao Do (Piper), Caleb Hasselhuhn (Burlington), Nathan Moon (Phillipsburg), Trevor Watson (Coffeyville).

The 2019 KWGA Memorial Scholars are:  Anh Dao-Do (Piper) and Alexander DeWerff (Wichita).

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Remembering Marilynn Smith

One of the most famous names in women’s golf. That is what can be said of Kansas’ native daughter, Marilynn Smith. Her popularity is unquestioned as one of the great ambassadors of the game” – Opening remarks from the 1991 Kansas Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

To all Kansas golfers, Smith’s name is held at a place of honor as an accomplished player, winning the Kansas Women’s Amateur three consecutive years and, most notably, her work as one of the 13 founding members of the LPGA in 1950.

Former LPGA player Dottie Pepper recalls Smith’s “devotion to the LPGA and its members was infectious and she will forever embody what it meant to be a founder of an organization that was built on blood, sweat, and tears of women just like her.”

Marilynn Smith died at the age of 89 on April 9, 2019, just four days before her 90th birthday.  Click here to read more.