MISSION HILLS, KS . (August 6, 2011) – David Rismiller and Jason Seeman were victorious in the Open Division of the 2011 Heart of America Four-Ball at Mission Hills Country Club. Rismiller-Seeman outlasted the team of David Catt and Josh Weems winning their 36-hole match 3 & 1. The match went back and forth all day but the match took a decisive turn after Rismiller made eagle on the 511 yard par-5 No. 8 hole giving them a 1-up lead in the match. David Catt made a birdie on No. 15 to avoid going dormie, however, the team of Rismiller-Seeman closed the match and the championship on No. 17. This marks the second Heart of America Four-Ball title for Jason Seeman, with the first coming in 2003 at Milburn.
Andy Smith and Steve Groom claimed the Masters Division crown beating the 2010 Heart of America Champions Jeff Hanslickand John Noblit 5 & 4. Leading 3-up after the first 18 holes, Groom-Smith put the pressure on Hanslick-Noblit by extending their lead to 5-up after 24 holes. In the end, the duo of Hanslick-Noblit could not drop enough putts to get back into the match. Andy Smith and Steve Groom have won the Heart of America Four-Ball twice in their careers, also winning the 2009 edition at The National. In addition, Steve Groom collected his second KCGA major championship of the year.
In the Senior Division, Kevin Handlan and Bill Hanger cruised to a 6 & 4 victory in their 18-hole match against Mike Vose andJim Beatson. Handlan-Hanger followed the game plan perfectly getting off to a quick start going 4-up after six holes. Vose-Beatson fought tough in the match but could not make the birdies they needed to get themselves back in contention. The duo of Handlan-Hanger finally walked away with the hardware in 2011 after playing in the final match the previous year. Kevin Handlan also collected his second Heart of America Four-Ball championship winning his first in 2006 at Hallbrook.
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