Kansas Mid-Amateur Jeff Bell
MAYETTA, KS (October 3, 2016) -- Overland Park's Jeff Bell claimed the 28th Kansas Mid-Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta. Bell, a former KU golfer, posted a second round 1-under par 71 to go with his opening round 3-under par 69 to take a two shot victory over Wichita's Charlie Stevens.
Bell fell all the way back to even-par with a 3-over 39 on the frontside before rebounding to post a 4-under 32 on the inward nine. The rally began on No. 10 with a birdie and then continued in a big way with an eagle on the par-5 11th. A bogey on No. 12 stopped the momentum ever so briefly but birdies on Nos. 14 and 17 helped Bell close his round in fine fashion.
Runner-up Charlie Stevens recorded back-to-back 1-under par 71's to finish at 2-under 142. Stevens reached 3-under after birdies on two his first three holes. However, three bogeys dropped him back to even-par. Stevens did make a to a little to late move with birdies on each of the last two holes.
Topeka's Ben Moser and Lawrence's Bradley Lane finished in a tie for third place at 1-under par 143 total. Wichita's Jack Courington and Jon Troutman of Spring Hill finished in a tie for fifth at even-par 145.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Overland Park's Jeff Bell leads at the 28th Kansas Mid-Amateur Championship at Firekeeper Golf Course following a first round 3-under par 69 to take a one shot lead. Bell, a former Kansas golfer, rolled in four birdies and only bogeyed once during his opening 18-holes.
Salina's Greg Goode is one-stroke back after a 2-under par 70. Goode got off to a rocky start with a 2-over 38 front nine but was able to rebound coming in with a bogey-free 4-under 32. The birdies came on Nos. 10, 11, 14 and 15.
In third place it is a tie between Lawrence's Tyler Cummins and Wichita's Charlie Stevens, both at 1-under par 71's. Cummins came flying out of the gates with three birdies in the first six holes before sliding back with two back nine bogeys.
Stevens used a back nine rally to move into red figures. After turning in 1-over 37 Stevens surged with three birdies to just one bogey coming in. Stevens concluded his round with an 18th hole birdies
Just three shots back and sharing fifth place are Lawrence's Bradley Lane and Joplin's Kyle Long at even-par.
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