The 99th Kansas City Match Play Championship began play at 7:30 Friday morning at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo. The course, designed in 1934 by architect A. W. Tillinghast, has the distinction of being the only course in Kansas City to host a PGA Tour event.
The championship began with 74 contestants playing 18 holes of stroke play to qualify for the match play. Match began Friday afternoon after the stroke play cut was made. Steve Groom winner of the 98th Championship shot even par 72 to finish stroke play tied for ninth.
Hank Simpson, Dave Cunningham, and Michael Greene recorded scores of two under par 70 to finish in first place in the match play championship. Craig Broswick, Doug Albers, John Lovell, Nick Arman, and Travis Mays were one shot back at 71. Ninth place went to Groom, Phil Baritmus, Josh Weems, Russell Holzbaur, and Thomas Wuennenberg at even par. Thirty-two players moved on to the match play competition.
Hank Simpson tied for first in the stroke play defeated John Scarsella III 5 and 4 in the first match play bracket. Chase Hanna defeated Ryan Argotsinger one up and Doug Albers won 3 and 2 over Tyler Shelton. Russell Holzbauer defeated Charlie Schorgl 2 and 1, while Travis May was defeated by Tom Leonard 2 up.
Phil Bartimus defeated Park Ulrich 2 and 1 to gain his spot in the round of 16 and Craig Broswick won 2 and 1 over Alex Downing to move on. Thomas Wuennenberg won 8 and 7 over Ed Walsworth and Dave Cunningham won in extra holes over Jimmy Gates. Cy Moritz defeated John Randall 8 and 7 to complete the list of players for the round of 16.
Play continues Saturday at Swope Memorial and is open for spectators.