Kansas City (KCGA) Masters Championship
First-round leader Tyler Shelton withstood a charge from several other golfers to capture his second consecutive Kansas City Masters title. Shelton made par on the first playoff hole for the victory over Don Walsworth and Bryan Norton.
Shelton had a one stroke lead over Walsworth after the first round with a 1 over 71. Norton was another stroke back at 73 starting the second round. All three players ended the regulation 36 holes tied at 145, 5 over par on the 6,696 yard Kansas City Country Club course.
Sam Allegri, Benn Sledge, and Steve Groom were all two strokes back at 147. Allegri made an early charge to take a 1 stroke lead after 27 holes before falling off the pace.
The Kansas City Masters is the season opener for the Kansas City Golf Association Championship events. The invitation-only field is comprised of the top golfers from the previous season’s rankings.
Shelton ran away with the inaugural event in 2004. He earned the second title in much more dramatic fashion.
Norton was in the group ahead of Shelton and Walsworth. He birdied 17 to take a one stroke to put him in command at 4 over. Walsworth followed with a birdie of his own on 17 while Shelton made par to send them to 18 one stroke back at 5 over.
Norton’s bogey on 18 opened the door for the playoff, but it still required a nifty up and down by Shelton to save par and make it a three-way playoff.
On the first hold of sudden death, all three players missed the green in regulation. Shelton displayed a deft touch again, chipping to 2 feet and sinking the putt for par and another Kansas City Masters championship.