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Stroke play begins at the 104th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship

Round one of stroke play for the 104th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship took place on Tuesday July 22 at the Mission Hills Country Club. This is the fourth time that Mission Hills Country Club has hosted the event. Contestants will complete the second round of stroke play on Wednesday July 23 and the low 64 players will advance to the 64-player match play competition on Thursday at Mission Hills.

Players face deep white sand bunkers at the Mission Hills Country Club.
Photo by Steve Wilson

Chase Hanna, the 2013 champion, sits atop the scoreboard at the end of day one. Hanna of Leawood, Kan. posted a six under par to take a two-stroke lead into the second round. He made began his round on the 10th hole and made birdie on 11, 12, and 17 before making the turn. He birdied the par 4 first hole before going on to birdie three, five, and six. The only hiccup in a wonderful round came when he made bogey on number nine.

Alex Higgs of Overland Park, Kan. began his round at 8:40 a.m. going off the first tee. Higgs made birdie on two and three, bogey on the short fourth hole, then birdies on eight and nine to go out in 32. He began the back nine with a birdie on 10, and 12. Trouble came on 16 and 17, leading to bogey for each hole. He went on to birdie the par 5 18th hole to finish two strokes back of the leader at four under par.

Two strokes behind Higgs and four off the lead is Wichita, Kan. resident Alex Carney. Carney began his competition on the first hole, making par on the first four before posting a birdie on number 5. He made the turn at one under par 34. On the back nine he made birdie on 12, bogey on 16 and birdie on 18 to finish at two under par and in third place.

Other notables in the field included Jackson Foth at one under par, Jon Troutman of Spring Hill, Kan. at one over par, Raytown, Mo. resident Steve Groom at one over par, Doug Albers of Leawood, Kan. at one over par, at four over par Overland Park, Kan. resident Mark Terranova, Michael Greene of Overland Park, Kan. at six over par, and Zachary Dittmer from Kansas City, Mo. at six over par.

The public is invited to attend the stroke and match play competitions as they continue through the weekend. Parking for the public is at the Pembroke Hill High School parking lot at Shawnee Mission Parkway and State Line Road. The Mission Hills Country Club is running a shutter to and from the parking lot.