Jayhawk Golfer Captures Third Tournament of Summer

July 26, 2004


Kansas senior golfer Kevin Ward won the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship by defeating Jayhawk teammate Pete Krsnich, 9 and 7, at Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kan., Sunday to win his third championship this summer.

The Leawood, Kan., native advanced to the final by defeating Tyler Shelton, 3 and 1 in semifinal action, while Krsnich moved on with a semifinal victory over Chris Marbry in 21 holes. The KU teammates were given the chance to play 18 or 36 holes in the final and reached a decision to play 36 holes.

During the final round, the players emerged from the front nine even after Krsnich took the final two holes before the turn to pull even. Ward used the back nine to make his move, making birdie on No. 12 and taking advantage of several Krsnish bogies to take a five-hole lead after the first 18 holes of the tournament final. Krsnish could not close the gap in the finale’s second 18 holes as Ward continued his exceptional play to capture the victory up nine holes with only seven left to play.

Ward, who made only one bogey in Sunday’s final round, now moves on to the United States Amateur qualifier at Milburn, which tees off Monday, and the Western Amateur later this week.