Wildcats Shine in Opening Day at Kansas Amateur

Former Wildcat Kyle Smell

July 26, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior golfer Ben Juffer recorded a nine-under 135 to tie with Wichita State freshman-to-be Myles Miller for a share of the lead following stroke play and advance to the match play stage of the 102nd Kansas Amateur on Thursday at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.

Fellow Wildcats Alex Carney, Tyler Norris, Kyle Smell and Curtis Yonke also made the opening day cut, in which the top 64 players in the field advanced to the opening stages of match play.

Carney notched a 7-over 151 to finish in a tie for 42nd place, while Norris recorded an 8-over 152 to tie for 52nd place. Smell carded a 1-over 145 to finish stroke play tied for 11th place with former K-State quarterback Zac Burton. A former letter winner for the Wildcats, Yonke tied for 18th place as he fired off a 3-over 147.

In the opening round of match play, Juffer defeated Ross Thorton, 2-1 as the second seed. He will move on to face 34th-seeded Sam Stevens on Friday morning.

Also advancing to the round of 32 in match play was former Wildcat Smell, who knocked off Alex Zuzelski, 4-3. Up next for Smell will be 44th-seeded Cameron Wiltse, who upset fellow former Wildcat Yonke in opening round action.

Both Carney and Norris were downed in the first round of match play as Carney was edged by Kit Grove (2-1) and Norris fell to Park Ulrich (3-2).

The second and third rounds of match play will be held Friday, while quarterfinal and semifinal round action will take place on Saturday. The final round of the 2012 Kansas Amateur is slated for Sunday, with a scheduled start time of 7:30 a.m.

Information and updates from Sand Creek Station GC can be found at kansasgolf.org.