Five Wildcats Qualify for Match Play at Kansas Amateur

Chase Chamberlin is the 12th seed for match play

July 21, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Led by senior Kyle Smell, all five Kansas State men’s golfers at the 101st Kansas Amateur qualified for the match play championship at Hallbrook Country Club in Leawood, Kan.

The first two rounds on Monday and Tuesday consisted of stroke play with 156 competitors in the field. The top 64 players after stroke play advanced to the match play championship to be conducted Thursday through Sunday.

Smell took home medalist honors during stroke play as he fired a 36-hole score of 8-under par 136. Backed by a 7-under par 65 on Monday, Smell carded a 1-under 71 on Tuesday to edge Kansas men’s golf coach Kit Grove by one stroke.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Smell will face 64th-seed and K-State teammate Curtis Yonke. Yonke, a junior, was one of nine competitors that tied for 60th during stroke play at 7-over par 151, but was one of five players at 151 to advance to the match play championship.

Junior Chase Chamberlin is the 12th seed in match play after carding consecutive scores of 71 to tie for 11th at 2-under par 142. Chamberlin will face 53rd-seed Ryley Haas.

Another junior, Ben Juffer, tied for 33rd during stroke play with a 3-over par 147 (70-77). The 37th-seeded Juffer will take on Charlie Schorgl, the 28th seed, in the first round of match play.

Sophomore Tyler Norris carded a 6-over par 150 (76-74) in stroke play to tie for 49th. The Manhattan, Kan., product is the 59th-seed and will play sixth-seeded Michael Gellerman in the first round.

Also qualifying for match play was former Wildcat golfer Tyler Cummins, who finished fourth at 5-under par 139.