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Phil Bartimus holds on for a one hole victory at the 99th Kansas City Match Play

The 99th Kansas City Match Play Championship sponsored by the Kansas City Golf Association concluded play on Sunday May 11. The three-day tournament featured stroke play qualifying and match play on Friday, two rounds of match play on Saturday, and two rounds on Sunday at Swope Memorial Golf Course.

Phil Bartimus hitting out of the sand in the championship round.
Phil Bartimus hitting out of the sand in the championship round.Photos by Steve Wilson
Match play concluded at Swope Memorial Golf Course.
Match play concluded at Swope Memorial Golf Course.Photo by Steve Wilson

In the first semifinal match, Hank Simpson took on Phil Bartimus. Bartimus was the first player to move into the championship bracket, beating Simpson 5 and 4. The second semifinal match saw Cy Moritz go 20 holes before losing to Josh Weems.

Bartimus drew first blood in the championship match scoring a birdie on the second hole and taking a one up lead over Weems who made par. On the third hole, Weems again made par taking the score to all square as Bartimus made bogey. The match remained all square to the seventh hole where Bartimus made par and Weems made bogey to give Bartimus the one up lead.

On the par 4 10th hole Bartimus hit his second shot from the fairway into the hazard, giving up the hole to Weems for the match to go to all square. On the par 5 12th hole Bartimus hit his second shot long down the hill at the back of the green. Weems second shot came up short and he chipped to about a 20-foot uphill put. Bartimus hit a miraculous chip to drop the ball less than two feet from the cup. Weems clutch put was hit perfectly climbing the ridge and dropping to keep the match at all square.

On the 13th hole, a 190-yard par 3 Bartimus landed his tee shot on the green and two putted for par. Weems tee shot landed off the green and considerably right of the pin. He made bogey giving Bartimus the one up advantage. On the 17th hole, Bartimus hit his second shot over the green, giving him a difficult chip shot. Weems hit his second flag high and chipped to a short putt that was conceded by Bartimus, who then made an outstanding putt to keep the score at all square.

On the 18th Bartimus hit his second long of the green with a simple chip to the flag. It looked as if Weems may have a chance to take the match to extra holes when Bartimus flubbed his chip dropping it on the fringe only a couple of feet from the original shot. He was able to settle himself and chip within a couple of feet. Weems made par and lost the match to Bartimus when he dropped his par putt into the cup.