Two Jayhawk golfers tee off today at the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links . The U.S. Amateur gives public-course golfers from around the country a chance to compete in a national tournament. The APL was created in 1922 at Ottawa Park Course in Toledo, Ohio. This year’s men’s tournament will be the 89th and final tournament and is being held at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kansas. The women's tournament is in its 39th year. Women from all over the country travel to the Home Course in Dupont, Washington for the week long battle.
Jayhawk sophomore Chase Hanna qualified as an alternate in the 25 player field at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Missouri on June 17. Hanna shot a 142 in two rounds after entering as a first-alternate. "We had quite a few players and they only had one spot, but as a first alternate I had a good shot to get in." Hanna said. In the 2013-2014 season Hanna led the Jayhawks in scoring in seven events, had five top 20 finishes and led the team in scoring average with just over 73. Hanna’s group will tee off at 1:00 pm on the first tee. The field will be cut to 64 for match play which begins Wednesday.
The Jayhawk women will have a representative at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links this week as well. Minami Levonowich, a senior, finished in first place out of 17 golfers at Drum Farm Golf Club in Independence, Missouri on May 27. Levonowich competed in the qualifying tournament just one week after competing for the Jayhawks at the National Championships in Tulsa. She finished the 2013-2014 season third on the team in stroke average at 76.31 and had five top 20 finishes. Levonowich teed off just before 8:00 am on the tenth tee.
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