The 104th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship continued on Friday July 25 at the Mission Hills Country Club. The country club is a par 70 18-hole championship course that measures from 5,229 yards at the front tee to 6,454 yards at the back tees.
Chase Hanna of Leawood, Kan. continued to defend his crown from 2013, squaring off against Shane Gilbert of Derby, Kan. in the Round of 32. Hanna posted birdies on 4, 5, and 9 to make the turn three up on Gilbert. Gilbert tried to rally on the back nine with a birdie on 10 cutting the lead to two up. Hanna proved too strong making birdie on 11 and 13 to defeat Gilbert 4 and 3.
Results of the remaining round of 32 contestants: Andrew Beckler, Topeka over Ryne Fisher, Leawood 2 and 1, Grant Grego, Lee’s Summit over Trey Herman, Hays, Kan. 3 and 2, Jackson Foth, Tonganoxie, Kan. over Matt Lazzo, Wichita, Kan. 4 and 3, Bryan Norton, Mission Hills over Tyler Shelton, Fairway, Kan. 4 and 3, Jack Courington, Wichita over Connor Knabe, Leawood, 2 and 1, Sam Wempe, Topeka over Travis Mays, Overland Park 5 and 2, Ryan Argotsinger, Lee’s Summit over Dax Shaw, Arkansas City, Kan. 4 and 3, Zachary Dittmer, Kansas City over Alex Higgs, Overland Park 5 and 4, Michael Greene, Overland Park over Charlie Rinehart, Kansas City, Kan. 6 and 4, Sam Steven, Wichita over Conrad Roberts, Lawrence 2 and 1, Kit Grove, Lawrence over Brian Fehr, Junction City 3 and 2, Zac Burton, Manhattan over Alec Heinen, Edmond, Okla. 4 and 2, Colby Yates, Tonganoxie over Brian Walker, Topeka 6 and 5, Cameron Wiltse, Overland Park over Peter Dierks, Mission Hills 1 up in 19 holes, and Doug Albers, Leawood defeating Jalen Heald, Topeka 5 and 3.
The Round of 16 began on Friday after conclusion of the Round of 32. Hanna continued his domination on the course going against Beckler in the afternoon match. Hanna made birdie on 2 and four on the front, with Beckler making birdie on 7 and 9 leaving the match all square on the turn. The two traded pars through 13 and on 14, 15, and 17 Hanna made birdie to Beckler’s pars to take the match 3 and 1.
Other results of the round of 16: Herman over Foth 2 and 1, Norton over Courington 4 and 2, Argotisinger over Wempe in 21 holes, Dittmer over Greene 2 and 1, Stevens over Grove 5 and 4, Yates over Burton one up, and Albers over Wiltse 2 and 1.
Play resumes on Saturday morning and is free for the public to attend.