Smell Moves to Quarterfinals of Kansas Amateur

Kyle Smell

July 23, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior Kyle Smell survived two rounds of match play Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 101st Kansas Amateur at Hallbrook Country Club in Leawood, Kan.

Smell, the top seed in match play after placing first during two rounds of stroke play, defeated No. 33-seed Chase Thorp, 3&2, Friday morning. In the afternoon, the Overland Park, Kan., product took on No. 16-seed Zac Burton, a former Wildcat quarterback from 1999-2000. The match was all square through 18 holes, but Smell was able to capture the match on the first playoff hole.

Smell will face No. 57-seed Steve Groom, who has recorded three-straight upset victories, in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Junior Chase Chamberlin, the No. 12 seed in match play, won his morning match against 21st-seed Harry Higgs, 4&2, but was topped in 22 holes by Jeffrey Lee in the afternoon and was eliminated from the event.

Earlier in the day, Lee took down another Wildcat, 37th-seeded Ben Juffer, 3&1.

Tyler Norris, the 59th seed who pulled off an upset in the first round, defeated No. 27-seed Zach Kastelic in the morning, 4&2. But the sophomore was downed in the afternoon round by No. 54-seed Bryan Norton, 5&4, to end his run at the Amateur.

Former Wildcat Tyler Cummins, the fourth seed in match play, was eliminated from the event in his morning match by No. 36-seed Jon Platz, 4&3.

Both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be conducted on Saturday at Hallbrook Country Club prior to Sunday’s final match. For more information or live stats for the Kansas Amateur, visit www.kansasgolf.org.