OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 10, 2016) -- On June 12th Ben Fernandez and Connor Knabe won the Kansas Four-Ball, almost exactly two months later the duo paired together once more to this time claim the Heart of America Four-Ball title.
Playing at Milburn Golf & Country Club the Kansas State teammates completed their run to the title with an impressive 6&5 victory in the title match against former UMKC player Park Ulrich and current SMU Mustang Alex Higgs.
The 36-hole final started a bit slowly for Fernandez and Knabe as they were 1 down after six holes. However, once this duo gets on a role they don't slow down. If you remember back to their Kansas Four-Ball title they shot back-to-back 11-under 61's to win the title.
Fernandez, a redshirt freshman at Kansas State, and Knabe, a senior, began their title match run with a win on the 7th to square the match. The run continued with wins on Nos. 8, 11, 12 and then for good measure 18 to take a 4 up lead after the opening 18-holes.
Following a series of halves Ulrich and Higgs won the 22nd hole to creep within in 3 down but wins on the 28th, 29th and 31st holes closed out the match.
The Heart of American Four-Ball began on Monday with Round of 32 matches and each of the first two days included two rounds of play.
Fernandez and Knabe reached the finals thanks to a 3&2 win over Chase Hanna and Preston Fleenor in the semifinals.
Ulrich and Higgs outlasted Jeff Bell and Jon Platz 2 up in their semifinal match.
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