Eight players made it through to the quarterfinals of the 104th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship at Mission Hills Country Club. The competition began with two days of stroke play to determine qualifiers and three rounds of match play before the quarterfinals began on Saturday morning.
Chase Hanna the Match Play Champion from 2013 continued to dominate the field through the quarterfinals. Playing against Trey Herman, he had fallen as many as two down after the tenth hole, when Herman had birdied 9 and 10. Hanna got to all square winning 12 and 13 before Herman made birdie on number 14 to take the lead one up. Last year’s champion was able to make birdie on 15, 17, and the par 5 18th to win the match two up and move to the semifinal round.
Bryan Norton took on Ryan Argotsinger in the second of the quarterfinal matches. After six holes, Argotsinger was two up over his opponent, scoring three birdies to Norton’s one. Norton made three birdies to take a one up lead after number 11. The match returned to all square when Argotsinger made birdie on number 12. Norton made birdie on the par three 13th to go one up and on 17 to win the match 2 and 1.
Sam Steven and Zac Dittmer squared off against each other in the third quarterfinal match. Stevens began the round with a birdie on the opening hole to go one up. Dittmer squared the match on number four and then Stevens posted three birdies 6, 7, and 8 to go three up at the turn. Dittmer brought it back to two down after making birdie on the par three 11th. Birdies on 14 and 15 lead to Stevens 4 and 3 victory over Dittmer.
The final quarterfinal set Doug Albers against Colby Yates. Yates took an early lead with a birdie on number two, but fell behind when Albers made birdie on 4, 8, and 10. Yates had one last run to get back into the completion posting a birdie on 16 and 17 to square the match. Albers secured a victory when he made birdie on the par five closing hole to go one up.
Hanna’s bid for a repeat championship ended in the semifinal match against Norton. Hanna began with a birdie on the first hole, but Norton was able to overcome his early lead to birdie 2 and 3. Hanna put the match all square with a birdie on 4, before Norton took a two up lead making birdie on 5 and 6. A birdie on number 7 took Norton’s lead back to one up. Norton made birdie on 11 and 12, but Hanna responded with birdies on 13 and 14 to return to Norton one up. The match went all square when Hanna made birdie on 16. Norton made birdie on 17 to go one up and Hanna lost his bid for a second title when both players made par on 18.
The second semifinal match between Stevens and Albers began with two pars on number 1, then birdie Stevens made birdie on number 2. It appeared Albers was going to take a commanding lead when four birdies 4, 6, 7, and 8 gave him a three up lead. Stevens made birdie on 9, 10, and 14 to square the match. Birdies on 16 and 17 lead to his 2 and 1 win over Albers.
The final round of the 104th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Mission Hills Country Club.