The Final Round of the Kansas Junior Amateur concluded late Thursday afternoon at Crestwood Country Club. The three-day tournament ended with 14 players scoring under par. Asher Whitaker won the Boys’ division by four strokes over Benjamin Wheeler. Emerie Schartz defended her title, winning the Girls’ division by seven strokes over Avery Schartz. 

Asher Whitaker earned the title of Kansas Junior Champion. He scored a three-day total of 64-66-70-200 (-16). He had one bogey in his first round, a bogey-free second round, and carded four birdies in his final round to secure his victory. “My putting solidified my rounds. I was able to take advantage of the good shots that I hit on the putting green,” Whitaker said after finishing his final round.  Benjamin Wheeler earned solo second, scoring 69-72-63-204 (-12). He is the new course record holder at Crestview Country Club, with his round of 63. 

Emerie Schartz, the defending champion, once again proved her ability by securing the Kansas Girls Junior Champion title with a three-day total of 72-68-68-208 (-8). Her performance, marked by 12 birdies and two eagles, was a testament to her competitive spirit. Her sister, Avery Schartz, showcased her consistency and resilience, carding three birdies in her final nine holes. Avery earned the Kansas Girls Junior Amateur Runner-Up carding 72-72-71-215 (-1).

Emerie Schartz’s three-day total qualifies her to play in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Championship at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, California, from July 15 to 20.

Central Links Golf is grateful to Crestwood Country Club for hosting the event. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to the players and their families for participating, which made this week a truly memorable one.