Golf

July 27, 2013

Wichita’s Sam Stevens advances to Kansas Amateur final

Wichitan Sam Stevens cruised to the championship match at the 103rd Kansas Amateur on Saturday, defeating quarterfinal and semifinal opponents by 5-and-4 margins at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills.

Wichitan Sam Stevens cruised to the championship match at the 103rd Kansas Amateur on Saturday, defeating quarterfinal and semifinal opponents by 5-and-4 margins at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills.

Stevens, a Kapaun Mount Carmel senior, will face reigning Kansas Junior Amateur champion Chase Hanna in Sunday’s 36-hole final.

Stevens defeated SMU senior Harry Higgs of Overland Park in his morning match. In the semifinals, Stevens won four of the first eight holes en route to a victory over Fort Hays State junior Trey Herman, the stroke-play medalist and No. 1 seed.

Stevens, a two-time Class 5A individual champion who has orally committed to Oklahoma State, will try to become the fourth member of the successful Wichita golfing family to win the state amateur. His father, Charlie, won the 2010 title at Hutchinson’s Prairie Dunes. Stevens’ grandfather, Johnny, won state amateur titles in 1960 and 1961, and Johnny’s brother, Jack, won the 1974 title.

Hanna, a Shawnee Mission East graduate who will play at Kansas, outlasted Kansas City’s Zach Vandolah in the quarterfinals with a birdie on the 20th hole. Hanna edged Missouri-St. Louis golfer and Tonganoxie native Colby Yates 1 up in the semifinals.

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