Lazzo grabs WGA Medal Play title

Max Lazzo fired a 6-under 68 in the final round of the Wichita Golf Association’s City Men’s Medal Play Tournament to claim the title by one stroke on Sunday at Auburn Hills.

Lazzo, a Kapaun Mount Carmel product, is only the second player to ever win both the City Men’s Medal and City Men’s Match Play in the same year. The last to do so was former Oklahoma State All-American Craig Hainline.

“It feels really good, I’m kind of lost on words right now.” Max Lazzo said. “It feels awesome, I don’t really know what to say besides I’m just super pumped about it.”

Lazzo came into the final round just two strokes behind leader Alec Heinen, a senior at Wichita State. Lazzo shot an impressive 32 on the front nine, putting him 4-under par headed to the back nine holes.

“(The back nine) was pretty intense ... standing in the fairway on the third hole, I was kind of configuring the math in my head,” said Lazzo, a former All-MIAA golfer at Washburn. “I realized I was four back and thought to myself, ‘I’ve just got to make good shots, and keep making putts.’”

After making his final putt for par on the final hole, Lazzo looked over at his older brother, Matt, and smiled.

WSU sophomore Conrad Walcher finished second, losing by one stroke. WSU junior and defending champion Grant Bennett finished tied for third with Charlie Stevens.

“During yesterday’s round, I had some good shots, but couldn’t convert anything,” Lazzo said. “Today was a much better day, I was able to make good shots, and played every hole well.”