The 103rd Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship concluded on Sunday at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan. Sam Stevens of Wichita, Kan. and Chase Hanna of Leawood, Kan. met for the 36-hole final competition. In the morning match each player won four holes finishing all square.
On the first hole of the afternoon match Stevens hit an errant tee shot off the opening tee, to the trees that line the left side of the fairway. It took two more shots before he could get on the green and then took two putts for a bogey. Hanna made par on the hole to go one up. On the 20th hole Hanna made birdie to Stevens’s par to take give himself a two up lead.
The 21st hole is a 161 yard par three with bunkers front and back. Hanna hit his tee shot to the bunker at the rear of the green. His sand shot ran several feet past the hole and he made two putts for bogey. Stevens hit his tee shot just right of the green and was able to get up and down for par. After three holes of the afternoon match Hanna was one up.
On the 23rd hole Hanna hit his second shot from the rough on the right side of the fairway. The ball ended up near flag high, but left of the green on the side of the hill. Hanna set up his chip shot to the green which landed and rolled towards the cup. The ball continued and fell into the hole giving him a birdie and a two up lead.
On the 26th hole Stevens hit his second shot to a bunker on the right side and just short of the green. On his first attempt at the bunker shot the ball came up short and remained in the bunker. He made a second attempt and the ball landed in the rough on a couple of inches out of the bunker. Hanna was on the green in two and a short distance from the hole. Stevens indicated he was conceding the hole and proceeded to take practice shots out of the bunker. It was determined by the rules official that this was in violation of the rules and in match play the next hole was awarded to Hanna. At the end of 27 holes Hanna was four up.
The 29th hole is a 340 yard par four that is protected by bunkers. Stevens tee shot landed less than a hundred yards to the hole. Hanna hit a tee shot that came to rest on the front of the green. He then two putted for birdie and a five up lead. Stevens got a stroke back on number 30 when Hanna made bogey to his par.
The 31st hole is a short par three that led to another birdie for Hanna taking him back to five up. On the 32nd hole Stevens was able to pull out a par and Hanna made bogey to go back to four up. On the 33rd hole Stevens hit a tee shot to the rough right of the cart path and Hanna put his on the fairway. Stevens hit a second shot to the bunker on the front left of the green. He went on to make bogey par and Hanna a birdie, ending the match with Hanna the champion at five and three.
This is the first time in 50 years that the championship of the Kansas Junior Championship and the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship were held by the same player.