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Audrain, 17, rallies to win Kansas Match Play title
Sion Audrain (KGA photo)
Sion Audrain (KGA photo)

MAYETTA, Kan. (July 22, 2018) – Sion Audrain, a 17-year-old from Garden City, Kan., captured the 108th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship on Sunday at Firekeeper Golf Course. Audrain, a senior-to-be at Garden City High School who has committed to play college golf for the University of Kansas, rallied from three down to beach Zac Owens, 1 up in, the 36-hole final.

To get to the final, Audrain defeated University of Kansas standout Andy Spencer by a 3-and-1 margin. Owens, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman at Wichita State, bested Park University golfer Evan Shartzer by a 2-and-1 margin.

In the final, Audrain birdied the first then made eagle on the par-5 fourth hole to get to 2 up early. Owens, however, followed with two birdies to square it. Owens finished the first nine with a 1-up lead when Audrain bogeyed the 17th hole.

Audrain got the match back to all square by No. 4 on the second 18, but then Owens went on another run. He birdied Nos. 6 and 7, then Audrain bogeyed the 18th to get to 3 down.

Ultimately, Audrain clawed back with a birdie on No. 12, another eagle at No. 14 and two more birdies at 16 and 17. Owen bogeyed the 18th and it was Audrain’s title.



ABOUT THE Kansas Amateur Match Play

36 holes of individual stroke play qualifying to determine low 64 players advancing to single elimination match play bracket. Any player that is not exempt from regional qualifying must go through one of the five regional qualifying sites or the second chance qualifier to advance to the championship. Open to any male amateur golfer with an active USGA/GHIN Handicap Index through a KGA member club.

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