Wildcats find success at Kansas Amateur

MANHATTAN, Kan. Past and present Kansas State men’s golfers found success on day one of the 97th Kansas Amateur Championship held at the Topeka and Shawnee Country Clubs on Thursday.


Six of the seven Wildcats participating in the Championship won their match-play events, including current student-athletes Spencer Alefs, Joe Ida, Jason Schulte and Kyle Yonke.  In fact, Alefs, Schulte and Yonke all posted wins over higher-seeded players on Thursday.  Both Alefs, the 51st seed, and Yonke, the 40th seed, earned wins after two-hole playoffs, as Alefs defeated 14-seed Sam Wempe of Topeka and Yonke beat 25th seed Derek Dultmeier of Topeka.  The 46th seed Schulte tallied a 4 and 3 win over 19-seed Gary Lucas of Topeka, while the 23rd seed Ida collected a 5 and 3 victory over 42nd seed and former Wildcat quarterback Zac Burton of Manhattan.


In the round of 32 on Friday, Yonke plays 8-seed Dodge Kemmer of Wichita at 7:48 a.m., Ida plays 10-seed Andy Smith of Kansas City at 9:09 a.m. and Alefs and Schulte face-off at 9:27 a.m.


In a battle of former Wildcats, 24th seed and 2001 Kansas Amateur champion Matt Williams posted a 4 and 3 win over 41st seed Jay Kramer.  Williams advances to the next round to play 56th seed Michael Hawken of Lenexa, Kan., at 7:57 a.m. on Friday.  


The highest-seeded Wildcat in the championship, incoming freshman and 12-seed Kyle Smell needed extra holes to defeat 53rd seed Drew Lethem of Overland Park, Kan., as he won after a two-hole playoff.  Smell now advances to play 21st seed Ty Sanders of Tulsa, Okla., on Friday at 8:33 a.m.


The Kansas Amateur continues on Friday and will conclude on July 22 with a 36-hole match play championship.  For more results from the tournament, please visit www.kansasgolf.org.


In other news, two other Wildcats lost their respective state amateur championships lately. 


Rising junior and Edmond, Okla., product Robert Streb lost the Oklahoma Amateur Championship in his hometown to third-seeded Daniel Mitchell of Oklahoma City 2 and 1 on Thursday afternoon.  The tournament’s eighth-seed, Streb began the day with a 3 and 1 win over 29th seed Mark Austin of Norman, Okla. 


Rising sophomore Mitchell Gregson fell in the finals of the 100th Missouri Amateur Championship on June 24 at the Jefferson City Country Club.  The Waterloo, Ill., native lost to Connor McHenry of Jefferson City in the championship match.