OLATHE, KS (May 9, 2006) -- Tyler Shelton, 33, of Fairway made it three in a row with a final round 73 in the Kansas City Masters. Shelton won the inaugural Kansas City Masters in 2004, won again in 2005, surviving a sudden-death playoff. In 2006, he made it three titles in a row with a 2 over par total of 146 on the 6,884 yard Shadow Glen Golf Club course. Dick Landon, 64 of Olathe, and Jay Hepler, 34 of Overland Park tied for second, four shots back at 150. Landon in addition to being runner-up earned the honor of Low Senior beating Andy Smith by 1 shot.
Shelton’s steady play allowed him to weather several charges from Landon and Hepler. After a Hepler birdie at the 16th, Shelton held a slim one stroke lead. However, Shelton finished the job by making birdie on both 17 and 18 to give him a four shot victory. I started out a bit unsteady today, “stated Shelton, however towards the middle of the back side I began hitting my irons really good and made a few putts.”
Rounding out the top ten was Don Walsworth of Leawood, Andy Emerson of Overland Park, Jon Plats of Olathe, Bill Mears, of Blue Springs, Tom Bachelor of Olathe, 2005 Kansas City Amateur Player of the Year Steve Groom, Kris Casburn of Blue Springs, Tony Winslow of Overland Park and Rob Gleissner of Overland Park. Next up for many of the top finishers will be U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Blue Hills Country Club next Monday.
The Kansas City Masters is one of the premier championships of the Kansas City Golf Association. To play in the championship, a player must be in the top 32 players on the Lathrop and Gage Player Rankings, the host club’s club champion or a special invitee.
For complete results, click on the tournament link above.