Kansas Amateur: Bishop stays hot

WICHITA, K.S. (July 21, 2008)--Playing in his former college stomping grounds, onetime Wichita State golfer Cameron Bishop continued his red-hot summer by winning the 98th Kansas Amateur 4 & 3 in the match play finale with Kansas University's Patrick Roth.

After never winning an individual tourney in college, Bishop won two of the state events in the last month. He took home the Wichita Match Play tourney on a week ago.

“This is definitely the best summer I’ve had since I’ve been playing,” Biship told the Kansas City Star. “I put a lot of work into it and it’s paid off at the right time.”

The Tulsa, Ok., native finished even with Roth after the first 18 holes, then saw his opponent win the first two holes of the afternoon match.

Bishop eventually erased the lead and took the lead for good on the 8th hole by rolling home an 10-foot birdie putt.

The match turned when both players found the rough on the 9th hole. Roth punched onto the fairway, while Bishop went for the green, lifing a 9-iron over a tree and settling it to within four feet of the pin.

“That to me was the turning point in the round,” Bishop said. “The only shot I had was to try the miracle shot. It just came out perfect, and I got the lucky bounce.”

From there on out, Bishop was not to let Roth back within arms length, winning the tourney in front of Grier Jones, the 1966 State Am champ and his former college coach.

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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