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Norton wins the 104th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship

The final pairing in the 104th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship began on Sunday morning. Bryan Norton of Mission Hills, Kan. and Sam Stevens of Wichita, Kan. set off on the 36-hole championship match at 7:30 a.m. to determine the 2014 champion. Norton took out the 2013 champion on Friday, winning the match one up.

Bryan Norton chips on to number 10 on his way to the championship.

The final round began with Norton making birdie on number 1and 2 to take an early lead of two up. They halved three and four before Norton made birdie on 5 and 6 to take the match to four up. Steven was able to make birdie on 7 to drop Norton’s lead back to three, but Norton posted a four to Stevens five on number 8. They played the 9th hole all square and Norton lead four up at the turn.

The back nine began with the two playing to all square on 10, 11, and 12. On the par three 13th hole, Stevens knocked his tee shot into the right greenside bunker and made bogey to Norton’s par, to give him a five up lead. The 14th hole was played to all square and Stevens got one hole back winning number 15. Hole 16 went to Norton, 17 was played all square, and Stevens took the made birdie on the par five finishing hole to Norton’s bogey. After 18 holes Norton took the lead into the clubhouse, four up.

The second 18 began with Stevens making birdie on 19 and 20 to drop Norton’s lead to two. Norton took one back on 21 and they played 22 all squared. Norton made a surge on 23 and 24 to go five up, and Stevens answered with birdies on 25 and 26. Norton went to four up with a birdie on 27; to take a four up lead to the last nine holes.

The two-played number 28 to all square and then Stevens scored birdie on 29 and 30 to drop Norton’s lead to two up. Norton got the two holes back with birdies on 31 and 32, but gave them back on 33 and 34. Norton won the championship on the 35th hole, 2 and 1, when Stevens was unable to win the final hole.

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