Tim McKinnis Wins 2016 Railer Championship
51-year old Tim McKinnis bested the field to win the 2016 Railer, Kansas Stroke Play Championship at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton. McKinnis, the current KGA Senior Amateur champion, posted a final round 4-under par 68 to finish the 54-hole championship at 5-under par 211 total. Kansas State University golfer Jack Rickabaugh and Kansas University golfer Alex Moorman finished in a tie for second at 1-under par 215. Max Lazzo and Tyler Chapman, both of Wichita, finished at even par 216 to round out the top five. In the Senior Division, defending champion Tracy Chamberlin of Wichita posted an impressive 6-under par 66 in the final round to cruise to an easy six shot victory. Steve Newman finished in the runner-up position at 2-under par 214 total.
Thank you to the patrons and staff at Sand Creek Station and to the full field of players for participating in the 2016 Railer! Click here for more information including the player memo, pairings and results.
Blake Allen Wins 57th Boys Junior Amateur
Blake Allen overcomes a two shot deficit to become the 57th Boys Junior Amateur Champion. Allen was one shot out with just two holes to play, but birdies at 17 and 18 gave him the championship. His birdie putt on hole 18 was from about 30 feet and when it fell, the crowd let out an unexpected roar. His final round 71 held off the charging Bradley Beykirch of Pittsburg, who finished overall runner-up while also capturing the 16 age division crown. Other age division winners are as follows: Davis Cooper, 14 & under, Will Harding, 15 yr old division, and Cole Gritton, 17 yr old division.
The Kansas Golf Association would like to thank the Crestwood Country Club staff and its members for allowing us to use such a great facility. Also, special thanks to Eagle Beverage Co. for supplying bottled water to all the players, and the City of Pittsburg. We look forward to coming back soon!
Fernandez & Knabe Win 28th Kansas Four-Ball
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Kansas State University teammates Ben Fernandez & Connor Knabe claimed the 28th Kansas Four-Ball Championship title on Sunday at Eagle Bend Golf Course. Knabe & Fernandez posted back to back 11-under par 61's to finish at 122 total and three shots better than round one leaders Chase Hanna and Charlie Hillier. Hanna & Hillier, teammates for the Kansas Jayhawks, finished in second after a final round 66 put them at 19-under par 125 total for the 36-hole championship. In the Masters Division, Ward Zerger & Kurt Lorenzen were victorious after finishing at 6-under par 138 total for the championship. KGA veterans Bob Bezek & Dick Stuntz finished one shot back at 5-under par 139 total.
New in 2016, the Open Division of the championship will also serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Heart of America Four-Ball Match Play Championship which will be held August 8-10 at Milburn Country Club. The top 16 available teams from the Open Division results will be invited to enter the Heart of America Match Play. Tournament and entry fee payment information will be made available to qualifying teams after the Kansas Four-Ball.
Thank you to the City of Lawrence and the staff of Eagle Bend Golf Course for hosting the Kansas Four-Ball! Click here for final results.