The first day of match play competition for the 104th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship began on Thursday July 24 at the Mission Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan. At the end of the second round of the stroke play qualifier the field was cut to 64 players to compete in the match play championship. At the end of the round of 64, only 32 players would move on to Fridays match play rounds.
Defending champion Chase Hanna of Leawood, Kan. finished the stroke play competition in first place posting and eight under par total for the two days. Alex Higgs of Overland Park, Kan. finished the two days in second place at five under par. Three players Bryan Norton of Mission Hills, Kan., Zac Burton of Manhattan, Kan., and Travis Mays of Overland Park, Kan. finished the stroke play at one under par.
Hanna continued his strong performance in the Round of 64 defeating David Jackson of Lansing, Kan. Hanna posted seven birdies on the round to Jackson’s two birdies to win at 5 and 4. Hanna will face Shane Gilbert of Derby, Kan. in the Round of 32 on Friday July 25.
Alex Higgs moved on to the Round of 32 defeating Robert Jordan of Manhattan, Kan. 4 and 3. Higgs next takes on Zac Dittmer of Kansas City, Mo. who defeated Zach Tate of Leawood, Kan. 5 and 4. Norton defeated Scott Kramer of Olathe, Kan. He next faces Tyler Shelton of Fairway, Kan. who defeated Trenton Specht of Garden City, Kan. 2 and 1. Burton defeated Aaron Sheaks of Wichita, Kan. in 20 holes. Burton will battle Alec Heimen of Edmond, Okla. who won 5 and 3 over Jordan Hecker of Russell, Kan. Mays continued his quest for the championship defeating Doug Kaup from Topeka, Kan. 4 and 3. Sam Wempe of Topeka, Kan. took 20 holes to defeat Turner Wintz of Hutchinson, Kan. and faces Mays in the Round of 32.
Sam Stevens of Wichita, Kan. came from behind to defeat Landon Fox of Winfield< Kan. 1 up. Sam’s father Charlie Stevens lost his bid for the championship to Jalen Heald of Topeka, Kan. in 20 holes.
The Round of 32 begins at 7:30 a.m. immediately followed by the Round of 16. For pairings, check the Kansas Golf Association website. The public is invited to attend the tournament and parking with shuttle service is available at Pembroke Hill High School at Shawnee Mission Parkway and State Line Road.