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KS-NE Cup Team Announced

After the conclusion of the Kansas Junior Tour Championship at Stagg Hill Golf Club yesterday, the top 8 boys on the Junior Player of the Year list have qualified for the 2021 Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup team.

The event will take place August 10-12th at Wild Horse Golf Course in Gothenburg, Nebraska. In 2020, Team Kansas hosted at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson and took home the Junior Cup trophy with a 10.5 to 5.5 victory over Nebraska.

This year, Team Kansas hopes to repeat as Junior Cup Champions. Congratulations to the following 8 team members:

  1. Luke Scheufler
  2. Ian McCrary
  3. Brent Reintjes
  4. Michael Winslow
  5. Blake Saffell
  6. Carson Baker
  7. Asher Whitaker
  8. Noah Holtzman

Bring home the trophy!

Meek Is Crowned Prairie Invitational Champion

LEAWOOD, KS — The final round of the Prairie Invitational was played today at Hallbrook Country Club.

Jessica Meek, Columbia, MO, battled back and forth with Round 2 leader, Katy Winters. Meek opened her round with a double bogey but quickly made up for it with two birdies on the front nine. Winters held her lead after 9 holes, however, Meek played steady on her back nine with one birdie and zero bogies, shooting one-under for the day. Her overall three-day total was 72-71-71-214.

Sera Tadokoro had a great round, making seven birdies to shoot 69 (-3) for her final round. Tadokoro finished in second place overall.

Danica Badura and Katy Winters finished tied for third place with three-day totals of 218.

Jaylee Castro was the only Junior in the field to make the cut, earning her the Low Junior title with rounds of 78-74-80-232.

Opal Hill Division Concludes, Open Cut to Low 18 and Ties

LEAWOOD, KS — Round two of the Prairie Invitational was played this morning. It was the final round for the Opal Hill Division and cuts were made for the Open Division.

Leading the Open Division was Katy Winters after firing an impressive 67 (-5) for her round, carding a total of seven birdies on her day. Winters, who shot 75 yesterday, is sitting at two-under-par with a one-stroke lead over Jessica Meek going into tomorrow. Meek shot 71 (-1) today after shooting even-par yesterday.

Danica Badura sits two shots back from the lead with her rounds of 71-73.

Caroline Klemp, Sera Tadokoro, and Emma Whitaker are all tied for fourth at four-over-par.

Low Senior and Low Professional were awarded after the cut was made today. Susan DeVoe earned Low Senior, shooting 82-76-158 for the tournament. Low Professional was awarded to Jacque Madison with rounds of 85-76-161.

The Opal Hill Division concluded this afternoon with Diane Sparks leading the field with rounds of 82-82-164, Sparks made birdies on two par threes today, holes 2 and 13. First Place Net was awarded to Lyn Daugherty with net rounds of 68-73-144.

Full results and tee times for tomorrow can be found here >>

Three Under Par After Round 1 at The Prairie Invitational

LEAWOOD, KS — 80 women teed it up at Hallbrook Country Club today for the 36/54 hole invite-only event.

Leading the Open Division are Danica Badura, Emma Whitaker, and Sera Tadokoro all at one-under-par. Badura started her front nine at even-par followed by one bogey and two birdies on the back nine. Whitaker, the 2018 Prairie Invitational Champion, had a colorful front nine with a double bogey, bogey, and birdie but then had three birdies on the back nine to secure her 71. Tadokoro had five birdies and four bogies to shoot one-under on her round.

Jessica Meek sits in solo fourth place at even par, followed by McKenna Rice at one-over-par and Caroline Klemp at two-over-par.

The Open Division will be cut to the low 18 and ties after Round 2 tomorrow, with the final round being played on Wednesday for those who make the cut.

Leading the Opal Hill Division are Sarah Brookfield and Hallbrook member, Mary Larson; both fired an 80 in round one. Diane Sparks and Lyn Daugherty follow closely behind with rounds of 82. The completion of the Opal Hill Division will be tomorrow after round two. Awards will be given for both Gross and Net scoring.

Results >>

A Prairie Invitational Preview

LEAWOOD, KS — The 2021 Prairie Invitational will be contested at Hallbrook Country Club on July 26th and will last through the 28th. The event will have two divisions, the Opal Hill Division and the Open Division The divisions are determined according to handicap index, with the golfers having an index between 5.1 and 15 playing in the Opal Hill division and the golfers having a 5.0 and below competing in the Open Division.  

Open Division 

The Open Division for this year is lined with talent but is led by Rachel Stous. Stous recently won the Kansas Women’s Amateur in commanding fashion by shooting nine-under-par for three rounds. She also won the 2021 Kansas City Women’s Match Play, and she is the reigning champion of the Prairie Invitational.  

Danica Badura will also be featured in the Open Division. Danica, the Nebraska native, placed third at the Kansas Women’s Amateur, plays college golf at the University of South Dakota, and she also won the 2020 Nebraska Women’s golfer of the year award.   

Alongside Danica in the Open Division is Emma Whitaker. Emma is a past champion of the Prairie Invitational, and recently played very well at the Kansas Women’s Amateur, as well as playing collegiate golf at Oklahoma State University.  

Another golfer in the Open Division is Ximena Gonzalez Garcia. Ximena has a decorated collegiate golf career at the University of Arkansas heading into her senior season.  

Katy Winters is also a name to watch out for as we have seen her ability to events like she displayed in 2019 at the Kansas Women’s Mid-Amateur. This year Katy tied for sixth place in a very strong field of competitors at the Kansas Women’s Amateur, shooting a total 221.  

Scarlet Weidig also poses a threat to the title as she displayed her talents in the KC Women’s Match Play event earlier this year.  

Making a return to the Prairie Invitational is 2020 Low Senior Champion, Martha Linscott. Martha had a great year of golf last year, including claiming the Kansas Women’s Senior Championship title shooting a gross 154 through two rounds.  

Another high-level collegiate golfer in this division is Aristelle Acuff who plays at the University of Kansas. Aristelle competed in five events last season including the Gator Invitational where she was the second highest Kansas finisher.  

Kenni Henson, a golfer at Wichita State University, was a runner-up at the KC Women’s Match Play this year. She is looking to bounce back at the Prairie from her performance in the Kansas Women’s Amateur earlier this month.  

Former Wichita State golfer, Laine Evans, who recently won the Women’s Mid-Amateur (75-71-146) in June and is looking to continue her hot streak into this event this year.  

Lastly, making the lengthy trip from Texas is Stacy Dennis. Stacy is the executive director of the Texas Golf Association and looks to leave her mark on the Prairie Invitational this year after Stacy shot a 77-71-82 at the 2020 Prairie Invitational, placing her ninth overall.  

Five local PGA Professionals will also compete in this year’s event. Cassie Auxier is a professional at Hallbrook Country Club, making her a home-course favorite. Former KU golfer and the PGA Head Professional at Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Course, Jennifer Walker will be showing out this year as well. Jacqueline Madison and Jane Yi are returning for another year of competition. Local PGA instructor from the Overland Park Golf Division, Maureen Farrell is also competing.   

The Opal Hill Division  

Formerly known as the Players Division, the Opal Hill Division will honor the legendary golfer for the first time this year. Opal Hill was turned to golf by a doctor prescribing her to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine. She quickly fell in love with the game and began practicing several hours a day. Her passion for golf grew every day and eventually enrolled in tournaments, leading her to win several of them. She then turned professional but after her husband passed, she was forced to quit the game. Although Opal did not play anymore, the game never left her. She was asked to lead the founders of the LPGA, and to help create the teaching division of the LPGA.  

The Opal Hill division is also filled with some great competition. Topping the list is Barbara Cusick. Barbara and her Husband Dr. Douglas Cusick are the tournament title sponsors as well as Barbara being a member of the Prairie Invitational committee, and Hallbrook Country Club. Alongside Barbara on the Prairie Committee and fellow Hallbrook member is Mary Larson.  

Jayne Clarke will also be making an appearance in the field at the event. Jayne is on the Board of Directors of Central Links Golf.  

Lastly, Sharon Henes, the winner of the 2021 Spring Triple Threat, will also be competing in the Opal Hill Division.  

Tournament info >>   

Cooper Schultz Wins the 111th Kansas Amateur

Match Play Pairings & Results

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19-year old Kansas State University golfer Cooper Schultz claimed the 111th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship on Sunday at Crestview Country Club in Wichita. Schultz bested Wichita State University golfer Brock Polhill by a 4&3 margin in the 36-hole final match on Crestview’s North Course.

The win continues a hot summer for Schultz, a Crestview CC member, who advanced to U.S. Open sectional qualifying in June and qualified for the U.S. Amateur in early June.

Polhill, 21, is a native of Edmond, Oklahoma, is redshirt junior for the Shockers. Polhill advanced to the finals after defeating Michael Winslow in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Schultz is a sophomore for the Wildcats. Schultz advanced after besting Matt Lazzo in his semifinal match on Saturday afternoon.

Thank you to the membership and staff at Crestview Country Club for hosting the 111th Kansas Amateur! Thank you to the 144 players that participated in the championship and the Rules Committee for volunteering their time to officiate the championship.

The 112th Kansas Amateur will be played at Newton’s Sand Creek Station Golf Course in July 2022.

Stous Wins Women’s Amateur

ANDOVER, KS- The final round of the Kansas Women’s Amateur wrapped up on July 13th, 2021. Rachel Stous, the leader heading into the final day, started her round off with a birdie and four consecutive pars. She finished the front nine holes with a score of 36, and then she shot an even-par on the back nine (35), tallying a 71. Stous ended her round on Tuesday with birdies on 16 and 18 to safely seal her victory. Her three-day total was 66-67-71-204 for an overall nine-under-par finish, leading the field by 10 shots.

Emma Whitaker, 2018 Kansas Women’s Amateur Champion, played consistently carding rounds of 70-71-73-214.

Danica Badura who was in second place going into the final round finished in third place with rounds of 66-70-80-216.

Low Junior was awarded to Meg Tilma and Raychel Nelke. Tilma shot rounds of 72-73-78-223 and Nelke shot 70-76-77-223.

Low Senior was awarded to Martha Linscott who shot 76-82-77-235, winning by 11 shots.

Stous Leads Women’s Amateur

ANDOVER, KS – The first and second rounds of the Kansas Women’s Amateur took place at Flint Hills National Golf Club today. 61 female golfers played 36 holes of stroke play and will complete the event tomorrow with the final round of 18 holes.

Rachel Stous lead the way shooting an impressive 66 (-5) on her first round and 67 (-4) on her second round. Stous carded a total of 12 birdies on her 36 holes. She holds a three-shot lead over Danica Badura going into the final round tomorrow.

Badura fired an equally impressive 66 (-5) on her first round after starting her day with three birdies in a row on holes one through three. She finished her second round shooting 70 (-1).

2018 Kansas Women’s Amateur Champion, Emma Whitaker played consistently today shooting 70 (-1) on her first round and an even-par 71 on her second round.

Additional Results & Tee Times for tomorrow can be found here >> https://centrallinksgolf.org/competitions/womens-competitions/kansas-womens-amateur/

Congratulations, Sean!

Some of you may know him, some of you may not, but his name is Sean Robertson. Sean was born in Germany while his father was in the army, but he moved to Salina when he was young and that is where he has resided for most of his life. He began playing golf at Prairie Dunes CC with his grandfather but never really focused on it growing up as he was putting more time into other sports. When he became a sophomore in high school, this is when he began focusing his competitive energy into the game of golf. His hard work and skill led to be on the first team at Kansas State University to qualify for the NCAA regionals. Sean currently holds two course records at Salina Municipal golf course and Rolling Acres golf course. Beyond any other record or achievement Sean has, is something that we should all admire. Sean has just qualified for his 33rd straight Kansas Amateur. This means he has now qualified for consecutive Kansas Amateurs spanning 5 different decades. Sean goes on to say this about the game of golf. “Golf requires personal responsibility, calls for honesty even when no one is looking, and demands the ability to problem solve.  No other sport has at its core those values that can be carried over into a person’s career and personal life.  That’s what makes it the greatest sport in the world.” 

From Central Links, and the rest of the golf community, congratulations Sean! 

Dramatic Ending to The KC Four-Ball

The second and final day of the Kansas City Four-Ball championship was today, June 22nd, 2021. Given the perfect weather and tight scores from the previous day, it was an exciting day of golf. Throughout day two, leads were not growing or shrinking but players kept jumping positions, only causing suspense to build. At the end of the final day of the competition there was a tie for first place, at 11 under par, between Andy Kelley and his partner Matt Kelley, with Dave Cunningham and his partner Scott Richey. After them, there was another tie for third place between the teams of Garrett Allen and Ronnie McHenry with Aaron Sheaks and Jesse Schulte, both teams scoring 10 under. A four-way tie occurred for fifth place between Kit Grove and Will Gantz, Eric Lester and Zac Dittmer, Ben Moser and Brady Buxman, and finally Reed Malleck and Will Harding, all of these teams finished nine under par. With there being a tie for the first-place prize, a playoff occurred on the tenth hole at around 5:15. After five holes of equal play, Matt and Andy Kelley beat out their opponents for the number one spot. 

Results>>

Diederich and Mason Lead the Four-Ball Championship

22 teams of two came out to Staley Farms in North Kansas City to compete in the Kansas City Four-Ball competition. After the past few days of heat, today was perfect weather, and the players performed like it with 18 teams ending their first round either even or under par. Several teams shot one under, and three under, but only a few were able to break that threshold and shoot more than four under. Teams like Caleb Kimmel and Chance Rinkol, as well as Coleman Houk and Troy Watson were at four under after day one. Teams like Kit Grove and Will Kants, along with Eric Lester and Zac Dittmer ended at five under. In second place at the end of the first day was Ben Moser and Brady Buxman at six under. To top the cake is duo Gregory Diederich IV and Jeff Mason at seven under! With all of these tight scores, it should make the final day interesting as we see if Diedrich and Mason can hold onto their single stroke advantage.

Results>>

Stous and Weidig Are Victorious

This morning, June 16th, 2021, the Kansas City Women’s Match Play Championship final round began. For the championship bracket it was a battle between the 12 seed Kenni Henson and the 7 seed Rachel Stous. Starting on the first hole, Kenni Henson came to play. She won the first three holes, and Rachel spent the rest of the front nine catching up. Once Rachel caught up on the 11th hole, she went on to win the 12th hole to go one up. Henson fought back on the back nine, but Stous claimed the Championship Title on the 18th green going one up.  

The silver bracket side was a lot of the same with Scarlet Weidig (1) who faced off with Laine Evans (10). After Weidig conceded hole number 11, she proceeded to win five unanswered holes, and this allowed her to take the pressure off on the last nine holes. Evans tried catching up but, again, it was too little too late from her and Weidig came out on top. After speaking with Weidig about her victory, she pointed to her chipping and putting as the main aspects of her game that set her apart from her competition. Weidig then went on to say “When you got out of the fairway it was really hard to get back on to it. The course was tight in some areas with greens that were hard to make the ball stop on.” Scarlet shared that we can expect her to come back next year to defend her title. 

Results >>

Spots Are Claimed in the Women’s Matchplay Championship

DAY TWO

Morning Recap

The second day kicked off bright and early this morning, on June 15th, 2021. The championship bracket matches ended early aside from the match between Sarah Lawson and Kenni Henson which was decided on the 18th hole in favor of Henson. Megan Lucas defeated Elizabeth Grant by a dominating eight holes with six to play. Rachel Stous faced off against Hanna Hawks and the result was that Stous defeated the number two seed, Hawks, by five holes with three to play. Completing the championship bracket was the match between Lauren Thiele and Kaitlyn Hanna. Hanna dominated by winning by six holes with five holes to play. 

On the silver bracket side, Momo Kikuchi played against Scarlett Weidig resulting in a two-hole victory in favor of Weidig. Following them was the match between Abby Howard and Abby Glynn. Glynn gained and held a very commanding eight-hole lead over her opponent allowing the match to end with six holes still to play. The match between Ellen Fisher and Laine Evans was a roller coaster with Ellen getting off to a great start, but ultimately the back nine belonged to Evans. The last match of the silver bracket was one against Harley Hiltibrand and Hanna Robinett. After Hiltibrand won the first hole, Robinett was on a roll until the last few holes where she let off the gas and Hiltibrand tried to come back but it was not enough. That match ended in the favor of Robinett by three holes with two left.

Afternoon Recap

Around lunch time the winners of the morning’s matches in the championship bracket teed off for to try and claim their spot in the championship tomorrow. After playing lights out in the morning, Megan Lucas faced off with Kenni Henson. It took a few holes for Henson to warm up but as they reached the turn, Henson was ahead by three holes. Henson then goes on to win hole number ten and keeps her well established lead to defeat Lucas. Rachel Stous was paired against Kaitlyn Hanna and by looking at the score card, Stous dominated the front nine holes but let off the gas a little bit on the back nine while Hanna attempted to climb back in it by winning holes number 10 and 15. Stous relied on her lead the back nine and got the job done to claim her spot in the championship. 

The silver bracket side was very interesting this afternoon. Abby Glynn played against Scarlett Weidig. Scarlett was ahead of Abby by a whopping five holes, but Abby started to slowly chop away at her opponent’s lead on the back nine. Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome the deficit and Weidig advances to the final by two holes. The other match being played was Laine Evans versus Hanna Robinett. As the front nine ended, Evans was only two holes ahead. After the turn, Evans carried on her hot streak and won the next two to extend her lead to four holes and she closed out the match with that lead. 

Results  >>  

DAY ONE

Round of 16 is Complete of Women’s Match Play

Day one of three commenced today, June 14th, 2021, and it started off with all players competing in Stroke Play to qualify for match play at 7:40 in the morning. With the last group finishing around 3:30, players gathered to hear if they qualified or not. The top 16 players made up the championship bracket while the following 16 players made up the silver bracket.  

The championship bracket had Megan Lucas leading the pack as the one seed after scoring a 73 to qualify. Following Lucas was Hanna Hawks, who carded a 74, and Lauren Thiele, Sarah Lawson, Brooke were tied for third (all carding a 75). Megan faced off with opponent Libby Green and established a dominant six-hole lead after the first nine holes and held that lead until they had five holes to go. Hawks played against Victoria Klausner and this match was closer. Hanna was only one hole ahead of Klausner after only 13 but it slowly got stretched to two by the end of the match. Lauren Thiele faces of with Susan Devoe and Thiele was holding a two-hole lead over her opponent after 13 holes as well. Sarah Lawson was matched up against Shauna Lee and Lawson ended up winning the match with a four-hole lead when they still had three holes to go. Joining Lucas, Hawks, Thiele, and Lawson tomorrow are Elizabeth grant (9), Kenni Henson (12), Rachel Stous (7) and Kaitlyn Hanna (6). 

Over in the silver bracket, Scarlet Weidig led the pack as the number one seed, with Ellen Fisher, Mclain Neal and Abby Howard following her respectively. Scarlett created a three-hole advantage over her opponent Faith Hedges, but the match actually ends with a five-hole lead in Weidig’s favor. Ellen Fisher played against Alexa Garnett and it was closer than some might have at first thought because it was tied after 13 holes, but Fisher got it done and ended the match with a three-hole advantage with one to go. Mclain Neal faced off with Hanna Robinett and was being upset by three holes after 13, and it finished as just that. To join the winners mentioned previously in the silver bracket tomorrow are Momo Kikuchi (8), Abby Glynn (5), Laine Evans (10) and Harley Hiltibrand (6). 

Results>>