Charlie Schorgl Leads the KC Masters After Day One at Wolf Creek Golf Club

OLATHE, Kan. — The 2015 KC Masters got off to an exciting start at Wolf Creek Golf Club on Monday, October 26.  It was a chilly 45 degrees at the first starting time, but eventually warmed up to be a cool Fall day on the course.

The KC Masters is an invitation only event where the KCGA selects 25 of Kansas City’s best golfers to compete in a two-day, 36-hole event.  Wolf Creek is a par 72, 6,840 yard championship course located in Olathe, Kansas.

Charlie Schorgl leads the event as he posted a 70 (-2), carding six birdies on the day.  Trailing Schorgl by one stroke is Ryne Fisher and Doug Albers as they inked a 71 (-1) on their scorecard.  Fisher tallied five birdies as Albers posted six birdies on the day.  There is a two-way tie for fourth between Mark Addington and Steve Groom as they posted a 72 (E). In sixth is Joe Ida as he fired a 73 (+1).

It should be a tight battle for the finish at Wolf Creek on Tuesday as the leaderboard is only a few strokes apart.

Follow live scoring of tomorrow’s final round of the 2015 KC Masters and click here for full results of the first round of the 2015 KC Masters.

 

KCGA Retains the Mid-America Junior Cup at The Nicklaus Club at Lionsgate

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The KCGA defeated the MAGA in the 2015 Mid-America Junior Cup at Nicklaus Golf Club on Sunday, October 25. This is the third year in a row that the KCGA keeps the Cup in Kansas City.

The Mid-America Junior Cup is a two day Ryder/Walker Cup style competition begun in 1999 in which the top juniors from Kansas City face off against the top juniors from St. Louis.  The KCGA and Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (St. Louis) alternate in hosting the event each year. The KCGA led the 2015 Mid-America Junior Cup 3 to 1 after the first day.

The final round of the Mid-America Junior Cup was played in a Foursome match format. A Foursome match format is where the two players of the KCGA team plays against the MAGA team, and each side plays one ball, alternating shots.

The MAGA crawled back against the KCGA as it came down to the final match to decide the champion. In the first match, Joe Bultman and Megan Propeck halved the match against the MAGA team. The KCGA team of Julia Misemer and Garrett Clark fell to the MAGA team 4 and 3 in the second match, making the overall score 3.5 to 2.5, in favor of the KCGA. The third match came down to the 18th hole as the KCGA team of Eric Pahls and Caroline Klemp fell to the MAGA team 1 up, to make the overall match score 3.5 to 3.5. The 2015 Mid-America Junior Cup came down to the final round of the KCGA team of Andy Spencer and Taylor Black went into the 18th hole with a 1 up lead over the MAGA. Black and Spencer managed to win the hole and claim the Cup for the KCGA as they won 4.5 to 3.5.

Click here to see full results of the 2015 Mid-America Junior Cup.

 

KCGA Leads the Mid-America Junior Cup after Day One

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Mid-America Junior Cup is a two day Ryder/Walker Cup style competition begun in 1999 in which the top juniors from Kansas City face off against the top juniors from St. Louis.  The KCGA and Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (St. Louis) alternate in hosting the event each year. This year’s event takes place at Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate.

The first round of the Mid-America Junior Cup was played in a Four-ball format. A Four-ball format is where the two players of the KCGA team play the better ball against the better ball of the MAGA and only one player must complete the play of the hole.

The KCGA leads the MAGA 3 to 1 at the end of the first day. The KCGA team of Andy Spencer and Eric Pahls defeated the MAGA team 4 and 3 to win match number one. The KCGA team of Taylor Black and Caroline Klemp defeated the second MAGA team 5 and 4 to win the second match. The KCGA team of Joe Bultman and Garrett Clark fell to the third MAGA team 2 and 1. The final KCGA team of Julia Misemer and Megan Propeck defeated the final MAGA team 2 and 1 as they head into the final day of the Mid-America Junior Cup.

The Kansas City Golf Association Mid-America Junior Cup looks to carry their momentum into the final round and keep the trophy in Kansas City.

Click here to see full results of the first day of the Mid-America Junior Cup.

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Tanner Owen Wins the 2015 Boy’s Kansas City Metro Match Play Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The final match of the 2015 Boys Kansas City Metro Match Play Championship began early Sunday morning at Hillcrest Golf Club as Tanner Owen defeated the defending champion Andy Spencer.

“It was an honor to play against Andy Spencer. He has been a great competitor for the last eight to nine years,” said Owen. “To come back and win it felt great, it hasn’t happened in a long time.”

The two competitors kept the match close and exciting the entire way. Spencer got off to an early lead winning the first hole. Spencer maintained his lead until the third and fourth holes as Owen birdied back-to-back to earn a 1-up lead. Spencer came back on the fifth hole to make the match all squared through the seventh hole. Spencer took over on the eighth and controlled the match through the 13th hole where he was 3-up with six holes to play.

“I was down three with five to play. I just told myself to just hit the green in regulation and give myself a chance to birdie whether it is from 30 feet or a tap in,” Owen said. “I played more aggressive than I did the entire tournament. I tried to drive the ball farther because my mid irons have been a little shaky and better from 80 yards in.”

Owen did not give up as he won three holes in a row to make the match all-squared heading onto the 17th tee. Spencer and Owens both hit great tee shots, but Owen’s approach shot fell short on 17 and ended in the bunker. Owen’s had a fantastic bunker shot, giving him a chance for par and forced the match onto the 18th hole at all-squared. On the 18th tee, Spencer hit the ball left giving him a difficult shot close and underneath a tree and Owen tee shot flew farther left and onto the 13th fairway. Spencer chunked his approach ten yards short of the green side bunker and Owen went up and over the trees to 15 feet away from the hole. Spencer chipped onto the green and two putted allowing Owen to two putt his way to victory.

Click here for a summary of all the matches in the 2015 Boys Kansas City Metro Match Play Championship

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Champion Tanner Owen and runner-up Andy Spencer

 

Andy Spencer and Tanner Owen advance to the finals of the Kansas City Metro Match Play Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andy Spencer and Tanner Owen advance to the finals of the Kansas City Metro Match Play Championship.  It was another perfect day for golf at Hillcrest Golf Club on Saturday, September 26, as the 12 boys arrived early and ready to play.

In the quarterfinal round, the number one overall seed Andy Spencer played the number eight seed William Esrey in the first match. Spencer played outstanding golf as he won the first hole and his lead continued to go up from there to advance to the semi-finals 6&5. The second match was between the number four seed Thomas Luger and number five seed Jake Propeck. Propeck led the match most of the day, but Luger kept it close not allowing Propeck to get a huge lead. Determined to win the match, Luger won the 17th hole to square the match heading onto the 18th hole where Propeck won the match.

The third quarterfinal match was between the number two seed Tanner Owen and number seven seed Joe Bultman. Bultman took off on an early lead, but the match went Owen’s way from the fourth hole on. Owen won the match 3 &1. The fourth quarterfinal match was between the number three seed Garrett Clark and number five seed Tripp Walsworth. Clark got off to an early start and things went his way from there out as he won 4&3.

In the first semifinal round, Spencer continued his outstanding round of golf as he shut out Propeck, not allowing him to win a single hole and win the match 7&6. The second semifinal round was between Owen and Clark. The match was back and forth until the seventh hole where Owen took control and maintained his lead to win the match 3&1 on the 17th green.

The final round of the Kansas City Metro Match Play Championship between Andy Spencer and Tanner Owen will be played Sunday morning at 8 a.m. at Hillcrest Golf Club. Follow the action live at http://www.ghintpp.com/kcga/TPPOnlineScoring/ResultsMatch.aspx?id=616

 

Fisher Wins the 2015 KC Amateur Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2015 KC Amateur Championship came to a close as Ryne Fisher defeated Mark Terranova by two-strokes.

After taking the lead in the second-round, Fisher was unstoppable. He had a bogeyless 18-hole final-round, including five birdies to post 66 (-5), the lowest 18-hole round of the tournament by any division. Fisher’s final 54-hole total was 71-68-66—205 (-8). Fisher adds the KC Amateur Championship to his list as he won the KC Match play earlier this year in May, to complete a Fisher Slam. Terranova finished runner-up as he inked 67 (-4) in the final round to make a three-round total 69-71-67—207 (-6).

Matt Foster won the Players division as he posted a 79 (+8) to make a three-round total of 79-82-79—240 (+27). Two-strokes behind Foster is the runner-up in the Players division is Christian Guild as he posted a three-round 92-73-77—242 (+29).

Steve Groom from Raytown, Missouri, maintained his lead as he dominated the Seniors division winning by nine strokes. Groom posted a final-round 68 (-3) to win his division posting a three-round 68-69-68—205 (-8). The runner-up was Dave Cunningham with a three-round 71-73-70—214 (+1).

Andy Smith, an assistant women’s golf coach at UMKC, destroyed the Legends division as he posted a three-round 71-70-70—211 (-2) to win the division. Nine-strokes behind Smith was the runner-up Richard Landon at 220 (+7).

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Groom wins the Seniors Division
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Fisher wins the 2015 KC Amateur Championship
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Foster wins the Players Division

Fisher Takes the Lead at the KC Amateur Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The second round of the Kansas City Amateur Championship was played on Saturday, July 18, at Shoal Creek Golf Course. There was a cut made after the second round to 66-golfers.

The morning started off with a 30-minute weather delay at Shoal Creek Golf Club. Once the weather moved through the area, the tournament began play. Shortly after the event began, another cell of bad-weather approached the course, causing another 50-minute delay. With the off-and-on rain throughout the day, it made it very wet  and difficult conditions of play.

The weather was no problem for Steve Groom of Raytown, Missouri, as he took a commanding lead in the Seniors division. Groom posted a 69 (-2), including four-birdies on the day to make a two-day total 137 (-5). Behind Groom is Mark Worthey, trailing by six strokes.

The Open division was cut down to 38-golfers as the cut was a two-round 155. Ryne Fisher climbed the leaderboard to sit in first after 36-holes. Fisher posted a two-round 71-68-139 (-3). Trailing Fisher by one-stroke is Mark Terranova at 140 (-2).

Andy Smith pulled away from the pack in the Legends division as he has a two-round 71-70—141 (-1). Smith is five strokes ahead of Richard Landon who posted a two-round 73-73—146 (+4). The Players divison was cut by three players to a six-golfer field. Brian Moeller is leading the way with a two-round 82-76-158. In second is Pat Hanson with 81-79—160.

The Kansas City Amateur Championship final round will continue tomorrow morning at 7:30.

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The First Round of the 2015 KC Amateur Is In the Books at Shoal Creek

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2015 KC Amateur Championship began play at Shoal Creek Golf Club on Friday, July 17. The Championship is a three-day, 54-hole tournament with a cut after 36-holes, consisting of four divisions.

Players may compete in four separate flights of the Kansas City Amateur: the Open flight, Players flight, Senior flight and Legends flight. Golfers must have an index of 3.4 or less to participate in the Open flight. A handicap index of at least 1.0 but not more than 18.2 is required for the Players flight. The Senior flight requires an index of 18.2 or less and at least 50 years of age by the first day of the championship. Finally, a player must be at least 60 years of age by the first day of the championship for the Legends flight. All the golfers are competing in gross scoring.

The summer weather finally hit Kansas City as the 121-golfers arrived throughout the day to compete in their designated divisions, battling the temperatures that rose near 100 degrees. The heat did not affect Steve Groom and Mark Worthey in the Seniors division, consisting of 17-golfers, as they tied for the lowest score of any division posting an impressive 68 (-3) on the day.

The Legends division consisted of 11-golfers as Robert Nelson II and Andy Smith are tied for first, both firing 71 (E). One-stroke behind the leaders in the Legends Flight is Jim Lodes with a 72 (+1).

The leader of the Players division is Matt Foster as he posted a 79 (+8). Two-strokes behind Foster is a two-way tie for second between Jack Blair and Pat Hansen, as they both fired 81 (+10).

Matching the low score of the day, 68 (-3), with Groom and Worthey is Preston Fleenor leading the Open division. Fleenor fired six birdies on the day to lead the field. Trailing Fleenor by one-stroke is a three-way tie for second between Jeff Mason, Mark Terranova and Jon Platz at 69 (-2).

The Kansas City Amateur Championship will continue play tomorrow morning at 7:30.

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Cassidy Stelzmiller Wins the 2015 Prairie Invitational

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2015 Prairie Invitational presented by J. Douglas Cusick concluded play at Staley Farms Golf Club, Wednesday, July 1.

The 66-golfer field arrived early as they prepared to compete in rainy and wet conditions. The final-round began after a slight 30-minute delay to start the day. Once the round began, the golfers made it through five holes before a small storm cell with lightning arrived within the distance of the golf course. The lightning called for another 35 minute delay. After all of the weather cleared, it turned out to be a nice day at Staley Farms Golf Club.

The women were split up into two separate divisions as the Open division played the white tees, a par-72, 6,082 yard course. The Players division played the red tees, a par 72, 5,405 yard course.

The Players division consisted of 21-golfers that were competing against one another for both the Gross and Net scoring. The winner of the Gross division is Tina Jones from Wildwood, Missouri, firing an 84-80–164. The winner of the Net division was Connie Beeck from Kansas City, Missouri, as she posted a 72-70—142 (-2). Congratulations to Addie Chapin of Olathe, Kansas, on her first ever hole-in-one on number 10, a 108-yard par three.

The Open division consisted of a 45-golfer field as Cassidy Stelzmiller won the 2015 Prairie Invitational with an exciting finish on the final three holes. Stelzmiller had a spectacular final round as she inked seven birdies, including the final three holes to edge the runner-up Susan Kirschenman with a two-round 77-68—145 (+1). Kirshenman had a chance to send the tournament into a playoff, but came up short as she bogeyed number 18.

The low professional score of the 2015 Prairie Invitational presented by J. Douglas Cusick is Kristen Samp, firing a two-round 78-73—151. The low amateur score is a 77-68—145 by the winner Cassidy Stelzmiller and the low junior score of 84-86—170 by Caroline Klemp.

 

Final results can be found here.

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Caroline Klemp wins the Low Junior score

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Tina Jones wins the Gross title in the Players division
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Cassidy Stelzmiller wins the 2015 Prairie Invitational
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Connie Beeck wins the Net title in the Players division
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Addie Chapin has her first ever hole-in-one

Letzig and Hanna Lead at Mission Hills

Mission Hills, KS — On what turned out to be a great day for golf at Mission Hills Country Club, 48 players teed it up in the hopes of adding their name to the list of Watson Challenge champions.

Michael Letzig and Chase Hanna teed off early with and set the bar high for the rest of the field by posting 67’s. Letzig, a former PGA Tour player, got off to a hot start, with birdies on #2, #3, #8 and #9 to get to four under. Hanna, on the other hand, got off to a slow start, with bogeys at #1 and #3. From #4 in, however, Hanna played great golf. He played the last 15 holes at 5-under to get to 67.

Just behind Letzig and Hanna are Zac Gavlak at -2 and Curtis Yonke at -1.

The group at even par includes the events namesake and 5-time Watson Challenge champion Tom Watson. Watson struggled with his ball-striking at times, but holed enough putts to stay in contention.

Complete results and starting times can be found by clicking here…