Kern, Van Cleave advance with 1st round match play wins
Kern cruised into the second round with a 4-and-3 win over Ron Brewer of Leawood. The senior-to-be will face Cameron Bishop of
Kern, the defending Arizona Amateur Match Play champion, opened the tournament by carding a two-round total of 68-72140 (-2) to wrap up the stroke play portion of the championship tied for eighth place.
Van Cleave, who recently completed his senior season at K-State, also made quick work of his opening round opponent, Josh Taylor of
Two other current Wildcats did not fare as well in Thursday’s action as both senior-to-be Tyler Cummins and incoming freshman Spencer Alefs dropped their first round matches. Cummins, who finished stroke play in 16th place, fell 2-and-1 to Steve Gray of
Former Wildcat Jimmy Dietz also dropped his opening round match Thursday and was eliminated from the field. Dietz, who scorched the courses at Colbert Hills and Manhattan Country Club with a two-round total of 5-under par 137 on Tuesday and Wednesday, wasn’t able to keep it going on Thursday as he fell to John Walters of Kansas City, 4-and-3.
Play continues at the 95th Kansas Amateur on Friday, July 15th, with the second and third rounds of match play. The final match is slated for Sunday, July 17th.
Colbert Hills Golf Course & Manhattan Country Club
Match Play Results First Round (K-State only)
(8) Ben Kern def. (57) Ron Brewer 4-and-3
(11) Matt Van Cleave def. (54) Josh Taylor 4-and-2
(49) Steve Gray def. (16) Tyler Cummins 2-and-1
(14) Derek Harrison def. (51) Spencer Alefs 2-and-1
(62) John Walters def. (3) Jimmy Dietz 4-and-3