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Williams wins High Plains Amateur in a comeback
Josh Williams (Kansas Golf Assoc. photo)
Josh Williams (Kansas Golf Assoc. photo)

DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 26, 2018) – Josh Williams of Lawrence, Kan., posted 4-under par 67 in the final round of the High Plains Amateur to stage a comeback win at Mariah Hills Golf Course. Williams started the day four shots back of first-round leader William Gantz, but ended up two shots ahead of the field at 3-under 139 after posting the only under-par round on a day when winds topped 35 mph. Gantz finished second at 1-under 141.

Williams was 5 under in the first 10 holes until he made his first of two bogeys on the day at No. 11. Gantz birdied his first three holes, but too many big numbers followed. He went 5 over from Nos. 7-10.

Two-time defending High Plains Amateur champion Sion Audrain and Dodge City Community College golfer Saksit Jairak finished tied for third. When he won in 2016 Audrain became the youngest champion of this event. He then went on to defend his title. Now there’s a new champion.

In the Masters Division, Andrew King of Junction City, Kan., was victorious after edging Shawn Audrain of Garden City, Kan., by one shot. King finished at 8-over 150.

In the Senior Division, Salina's Greg Goode continued his dominate play in 2018 with another victory. Goode posted an even par 71 in the final round to finish at 3-under par 139 total. Round one co-leader Carlos Prieto of Garden City finished second at 2-over par 144 total. Garden City's Sean Thayer finished in third place.

ABOUT THE High Plains Amateur

Format: 36 Holes of stroke play with Open, Masters and Senior divisions.

Eligibility: Members of the Colorado, Kansas, Sun Country Golf Association who have an officially verified USGA handicap index.

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