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KCKCC golfers make final cut, place 14th in national

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

One of 15 teams to make an unexpected cut in the 2018 NJCAA Division II national golf tournament, Kansas City Kansas Community College moved up to finish in 14th place.

The tournament played at GlenLakes Golf Club in Foley, Alabama, was marred by bad weather each of the final three days and came at the worst times for KCKCC. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, the tournament had lengthy delays as the Blue Devils were three holes from finishing.

After a fast start on Wednesday, the Blue Devils slipped to 15th place before surging past Grand Rapids into 14th Thursday.

“We were only two over after the front nine Wednesday only to have the last three holes get us again,,” said KCKCC coach Gary Shrader, whose Blue Devils lost 21 strokes to par on the back nine and finished with a 311 total. “We had the same problem two days in a row. We had to go back out and just didn’t have it.” The Blue Devils had a 310 finishing round Thursday.

The third round Wednesday was stopped twice because of rain and lightning and almost missed completion.

“They finished in the dark with car lights on the last hole,” Shrader said. “They had two groups to finish so volunteers pulled up their cars and they played the last hole with car lights.”

With more rain forecast for Thursday’s final round, the tournament field was cut in half with the top 15 teams finishing four rounds, the rest of the field heading home. It proved to be the right move. Thursday’s round had a two-hour early afternoon delay because of lightning and rain.

Two Blue Devils, sophomores Micah Morris and Bobby Armstrong, tied for 55th place with 18-over par 306 totals. Morris had rounds of 71, 77, 75 and 83; Armstrong 74, 77, 79 and 76. Freshman Evin Wheaton tied for 76th with a 75-84-78-79-316; frosh Zach Miller was 82nd (85-84-83-77-321) and sophomore Trevor Bauer 88th (85-77-85-82-329).

“We didn’t play as well as we’re capable,” Shrader said. “We got out of contention and I think we started to try to take chances and make birdies and it didn’t work.”

The one team Thursday’s two-hour delay didn’t bother was Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which shot a spectacular 9-under par final round and claim the Bulldogs first ever team championship. The 279 enabled Mississippi Gulf Coast to finish at 2-under par and one shot ahead of conference rival Meridian Community College. Parkland finished third at 1-over and South Mountain fourth at 2-over.
South Mountain‘s Leon D’Souza shot a final round 3-under par 69 to finish 8-under for the tournament and a shot ahead of teammate Jeffrey Miller.

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21st annual Jack West Scholarship Scramble set Saturday, June 9

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Registration is now underway for the 21st Annual Jack West Memorial Scholarship Scramble to be held at Dud’s Dread Golf Club Saturday, June 9.

A four-person scramble, all proceeds will go to the Jack West Foundation which assists students in need of financial aid to continue their educations. A soccer and tennis player at Kansas City Kansas Community College, West was shot and killed while returning home June 11, 1997.

The cost to enter is $400 per team or $100 per individual. Golfers without teams will be assigned to teams as needed. The fee covers green fees, cart, on course refreshments and a post-tournament dinner and sports and gift auction at Dub’s Dread.

Entries including name, home and email addresses and phone numbers for each team member should be mailed to Dan Pratt in care of the Jack West Foundation, 16561 Meadowlark Lane, Basehor, KS., 66007. Those with questions and who want registration information may call 816-590-5739.

Sponsorships are also available. They include major sponsorship, $1,000; corporate, $500; beverage, $200; individual holes, $100; and cart sponsor, $50.

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Blue Devils slip into 13th place tie in national golf tourney

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College took a couple of steps back in the 2018 NJCAA Division II national golf tournament Tuesday.

In a tie for 11th after one round, the Blue Devils fell back into a 13th place tie with Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the 72-hole tourney being played at Glen Lakes Golf Club in Foley, Alabama.

The Blue Devils’ three sophomores, Micah Morris, Bobby Armstrong and Trevor Bauer, each turned in 5-over par 77’s Tuesday while freshmen Evin Wheaton and Zack Miller had 84’s. That left Morris tied for 20th at 148 and Armstrong deadlocked for 37th at 151. Bauer, who posted an 85, moved up to a tie for 90th at 162 but Wheaton fell back to 80th at 159 and Miller was 113th at 169.

The last team off on Monday, the Blue Devils were first off Tuesday and were called off the course twice by rain and a lengthy lightning delay.

“It was pretty wet and the course played a lot tougher but that wasn’t our problem,” KCKCC coach Gary Shrader said.

Water hazards were the problem for the Blue Devils’ two freshmen. Wheaton hit two balls in the water and Miller twice hit balls out of a bunker into the water on an island green and took an 11 on the par 5 hole.

“Actually, we played pretty well except for a couple of holes,” Shrader said.

Meridian (Miss.) Community College charged to a 9-shot lead in the team event. Firing a tourney best 295, Meridian’s 579 is just three shots over par.

Tournament host Mississippi Gulf Coast and Parkland are tied for second at 588 with first round Tyler Community College falling into a tie for fourth at 589. After an opening round 305, KCKCC had a 315 total Tuesday.

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