Two Cats Playing in State Amateur Quarters

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State men’s golfers Kyle Yonke and Jason Schulte advanced to the quarterfinals of the 97th Kansas Amateur Championships at Topeka and Shawnee Country Clubs during play on Friday.


Yonke, the 40th seed in the match-play event, defeated Dodge Kemmer of Wichita, Kan., in the round of 32 on Friday morning, 1-up. Yonke pushed through the round of 16 in the afternoon with a 1-up win over former Wildcat and 2001 Kansas Amateur champion, Matt Williams. Yonke, a native of Lubbock, Texas, will face a stiff test in the quarterfinals on Saturday, as he faces the No. 1 seed Wes Stonestreet of Dallas, Texas.


Schulte is the lowest seed to advance to the quarterfinals, as he started the match-play action on Thursday morning as the 46th seed. Schulte defeated one of his current K-State teammates, Spencer Alefs, in the round of 32 on Friday morning, 3 and 1. The product of Mission Hills, Kan., reached the quarterfinals with a 1-up win over Patrick Roth of Prairie Village, Kan. Schulte will take on the 27th seed, Chad Judd of Olathe, Kan.


Other current and incoming Wildcats playing on Friday were the 23rd seed Joe Ida and the 12th seed Kyle Smell. Ida reached the round of 16 with a 5 and 3 win over Andy Smith of Kansas City, Mo. Ida was defeated in the afternoon by the seventh-seed, Matt Ewald of Leawood, Kan., 4 and 3.


Smell, an incoming freshman from Overland, Park, Kan., fell to the 21st seed Ty Sanders of Tulsa, Okla., 4 and 3.


The quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Saturday. The finals are slated for a 36-hole match play event on Sunday. For results of the 97th Kansas Amateur, please visit