The Kansas Golf Association began play on Wednesday September 18 of the Kansas Senior Championship. Play is taking place at the Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence, Kan. To be eligible to compete the players must have competed in at least four of the 18 tournaments in the regular season. The top 15 players in the gross division and the top 15 players of the net scoring in each age group was invited to attend.
Bob Hartmann of Shawnee, Kan. led the 50 to 64 age group gross scoring after round one. Hartmann posted birdies on holes one, four, eight, 11 and 15. He countered that with bogeys on numbers three and seven to finish at three under par 69 for the day.
Mark Elliott of Topeka, Kan. made four birdies and three bogeys to post a one under par 71 and finish round one in a tie with Bob Bezek from Ottawa, Kan., who also posted four birdies and three bogeys. Fourth place was held by Fran Ferns of Leawood, Kan. with a two over par 74. In a tie for fifth is John Bailey of Nashville, Tenn. and Tim Tyner of Council Grove, Kan. at three over par 75.
In net scoring for the 50 to 64 age group Hartmann remained in first place with an adjusted score of three under par. Ferns moved to second place, one stroke back of Hartmann. Third place resulted in a tie between Tom Barlow of Colby, Kan. and Bezek at one under par. Wes Owens of Dodge City, Kan. was alone in fifth with an adjusted score of even par.
In gross scoring for the 65 and over age group Ron Brewer of Leawood, Kan. was the overnight leader at one under par. Brewer made birdie on two holes but a bogey on number three led to the posting of one under par.
At the end of round one second place was being held by Fred Rowland of Leawood, Kan. at one over par. Kent Reynolds of Overland Park, Kan. was alone in third and Duane Creekmore of Wichita, Kan. had hold of fourth. Five place resulted in a three way tie at eight over par between Richard Markley of Cleveland, Mo., Bill Quattlebaum of Wichita, Kan. and Roger Gemeinhardt of Olathe, Kan.
Brewer remained in first place in net scoring for the 65 and over age group with an adjusted score of five under par. Joe Wallingford of Topeka, Kan. moved to second place at three under par. Tied for third was Reynolds and Creekmore at two under par. One stroke back with an adjusted score of one under par is Rowland.
The Championship continues on Thursday with round two play at Alvamar.