Kansas City CC, Mission Hills, KS – The 2019 Mid-America Junior Cup was a great team victory for Kansas City. In a Ryder Cup style event against St. Louis (MAGA), Kansas City started off strong Saturday morning at Kansas City Country Club during the foursomes session. Easton Johnson/Libby Green got the first point on the board for KC with a 6 & 5 win over Ryan Walsh/Rylie Andrews. Justin Wingerter/Lia Johnson clinched the second point of the event with a 7 and 5 win over Jack Guyot/Brooke Biermann. The last two foursome matches went the distance with Patrick Neal/Julia Misemer halving Hole 17 & 18 to win the match 1 up. Will Harding/Victoria Klausner headed into Hole 18 1 up over Braden Hoisington/Momo Kikuchi and with a birdie on the 18th hole won their match 2 up to give KCGA a 4-0 lead.
In the afternoon four-ball session, Julia Misemer/Libby Green cruised to victory with a 7 & 6 win to add to team KC’s lead. St. Louis’s Biermann/Kikuchi followed with their own victory over KC’s Victoria Klausner/Lia Johnson with a 4 & 3 win to get St. Louis on the board. The final two four-ball matches came down to the wire. Team KC’s Easton Johnson/Patrick Neal found themselves with a 2 up lead through 16 holes, but a birdie putt on the 17th by St. Louis would decrease the lead to 1 up with one hole left to play. Team KC would win the match 1 up after halving the 18th hole to give KC a 6-1 lead with the last four-ball match to be decided.
Will Harding/Justin Wingerter faced tough competition in St. Louis’s Hoisington/Guyot team and got down early. KC made the turn 2 down in the match, but followed quickly with a birdie on the 10th hole and a par on the 11th to win the next two holes and tie the match. Hoisington would birdie the 13th to give St. Louis another lead, but Harding’s clutch par on the 14th would tie the match again. Heading into the 17th hole still tied, a big birdie putt by Harding to win the 17th hole would ultimately be the difference maker. Team KC would win the match 1 up after halving the 18th hole to give KC a 7-1 heading into the final day of competition.
Singles began early Sunday morning at Kansas City Country Club. Team KC again got off to a strong start, claiming the first two singles matches with victories by Victoria Klausner (9 & 8) and Easton Johnson (6 & 4). St. Louis battled back with a victory by Mia Rallo over Libby Green (3 & 2). Justin Wingerter added another point for KC with a 7 & 6 victory over Braden Hoisington. Lia Johnson of KC would fall in a close battle with Momo Kikuchi who would win 1 up after halving the 18th hole. Patrick Neal of KC would follow next with a tight victory over Kal Kolar with a great second shot to lead to a tap in birdie on the 18th hole to win the match 1 up. KC’s Will Harding’s match would end on the 16th hole after a birdie putt fell to clinch his match 3 & 2. In the most competitive singles match of the day, Julia Misemer and Brooke Biermann would go all the way to the end. Biermman would hold a 1 up lead over KC’s Misemer through the first 11 holes, but a bogey on the 12th hole would tie the match. Biermann was quick to bounce back with a birdie on the 13th hole to go back to 1 up. Misemer’s amazing chip-in on the Par-3, 14th would tie the match once again and her momentum would carry with a win on the 15th as well to go 1 up over Biermann. Biermann and Misemer would swap birdie wins on the next two holes and Misemer would head to the 18th hole with a 1 up lead. With two great drives on the 18th tee, it would come down to approach shots. Misemer stuck her approach shot to tap-in birdie range and the pressure was on Biermann to follow suit. She would follow with a great shot of her own but would come to rest about 20 feet from the hole and wasn’t quite enough. Misemer went on to win the match 2 up.
To retain the Mid-America Cup, Kansas City needed 8 points out of the 16 available. Fortunately, Kansas City was able to grab 13 points! It was a great team victory for Team Kansas City and a great display of the junior golf talent between us and St. Louis. Thank you to the staff and players of St. Louis for traveling to KC and for the staff/members of Kansas City Country Club for hosting this great event.
We look forward to battling it out again next year in St. Louis. For full results, please see here.