The Kansas City Amateur Championship, sponsored by the Kansas City Golf Association, began play of the 54-hole event on Friday July 11 at the Shoal Creek Golf Course. The event opened with tee times at 7 a.m., and the last group hitting off the first tee at 3 p.m. The championship is made up of 144 contestants in four flights and concludes on Sunday July 13.
Shoal Creek is an 18-hole par 71 championship public course that Golf Digest has previously rated four stars. Kemper Sports out of Chicago, Ill. operates the course owned by the Kansas City, Mo. Parks and Recreation Department. The course plays to 6,983 yards with a course rating of 73.9 and slope of 136.
In the Open Division Jackson Foth posted a six under par 65 to finish day one in first place. Foth made six birdies plus an eagle on number nine before posting bogeys on 15 and 17. Defending champion Zac Dittmer held second place with a four under par 67 and one stroke back at three under par is Devin Montague in third place.
Justin Howard stood in first place at the end of day one in the Players Division with a four over par 75. Howard posted bogeys on five of the first nine holes and on number 18, but made birdie on 13 and 16. Trenton Mein held second place at eight over par and Patrick Hansen was in third place, one stroke back of Mein at nine over par.
In the Senior Division Tom Leonard and Steve Groom finished at four under par 67 to tie for first place. Leonard made birdies on 2, 3, 6, 10, and 3 plus an eagle on number 9. Three bogeys on 13, 17, and 18 led to his posting a 67. Groom made only one bogey on his first 18 holes and five birdies to finish the day tied for first. Charlie Schorgl shot a two under par 69 to finish the first round in third place.
At one over par, Tom Bachelor was able to hold on to first place of the Legends Division. He made bogey on 3 and 5 and closed the round with a double bogey on 17. A birdie on number four and an eagle on number nine left him in first place. Jim Lodes scored a three over par 74 for second place, while Ronnie Walters and Wright Beck finished the day tied for third at four over par 75.
The second day of the tournament begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday at Shoal Creek Golf Course. A cut will be made after 36-holes of play and is determined by the number of players in each flight.