Men's Golfers Advance in Match Play at Kansas Amateur

Tyler Norris

July 22, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Four Kansas State men's golfers won their matches and advanced to the field of 32 Thursday at the 101st Kansas Amateur at Hallbrook Country Club in Leawood, Kan.

Senior Kyle Smell, who was the medalist after two rounds of stroke play, defeated teammate and No. 64-seed Curtis Yonke in a highly-contested match. The two were all square through 11 holes until Yonke went 2 up after the 13th hole. Smell quickly came back to tie the match with victories on No. 14 and 15 and the match remained even through No. 17. Smell won the match on the 18th hole with a par as Yonke bogeyed the hole. Smell will now face No. 33-seed Chase Thorp on Friday.

No. 12-seed Chase Chamberlin defeated No. 53-seed Ryley Haas, 6&5. A junior for the 2011-12 season, Chamberlin will take on 21st-seeded and SMU golfer Harry Higgs on Friday.

In one of two upsets for the Wildcats on Thursday, Ben Juffer, the 37th seed, topped No. 28-seed Charlie Schorgl, 4&2. On Friday, Juffer will take on another upset-winner, No. 60-seed Jeffrey Lee.

Tyler Norris, the No. 59 seed after stroke play, won a back-and-forth match against sixth-seeded Michael Gellerman, 2&1. Norris' opponent on Friday will be No. 27-seed Zack Kastlic.

Former Wildcat Tyler Cummins, who was the fourth seed entering stroke play, advanced with a 7&6 victory over No. 61-seed Michael Kreamer. Also advancing was No. 16-seed Zac Burton, a former Wildcat quarterback from 1999-2000, who defeated 49th-seed Grant Vollertsen, 4&3.

The field of 32 will be trimmed to eight on Friday with two rounds of match play. For more information or live stats for the Kansas Amateur, visit www.kansasgolf.org.