Kern, Van Cleave come up short in Kansas Amateur quarters
MANHATTAN, Kan. Strong runs by Kansas State senior-to-be Ben Kern and former Wildcat Matt Van Cleave came to an end Saturday morning at Colbert Hills as both players were edged in their respective quarterfinal matches at the 95th Kansas Amateur.
Kern, who turned in the match of the day on Friday by surviving a 4-down deficit to post a 21-hole win over Wichita’s Ty Cline, ran out of magic in his round of eight pairing vs. top-seeded Jesse Schulte of Hutchinson in a match that went 19 holes.
Kern never trailed in regulation and got off to a hot start, carding an eagle on No. 1 and a birdie on No. 2 to take an early 2-up edge. Schulte, who won the stroke play portion of the tournament, battled back to square the match after eight holes, but the Wildcat senior-to-be quickly regained his 2-up advantage by winning holes 11 and 12 with back-to-back birdies.
However, Schulte would not go away and pulled with in a hole after carding a birdie to take No. 15. He would square the match and force extra play by winning No. 18 with another birdie before finally taking the match on the first extra hole with a birdie on No. 19.
Van Cleave’s match was just a tight, as he and Wellington’s Derek Harrison played all square through the first 10 holes. Harrison used a birdie to win No. 11 for the first lead by either player. A bogey by Van Cleave on No. 13 gave Harrison a 2-up advantage with five holes to play. But Van Cleave was never able to win a hole as Harrison held on for the 2-and-1 win.
Semifinal matches at the 95th Kansas Amateur are scheduled to take place Saturday afternoon. The tournament’s championship match is slated for Sunday, July 17th.
95th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship
July 15, 2005
Colbert Hills Golf Course & Manhattan Country Club
Match Play Results Quarterfinals (round of 8)
Jesse Schulte def. Ben Kern, 1-up (19 holes)
Derek Harrison vs. Matt Van Cleave, 2-and-1
Kansas State and former K-State players in bold