Kansas City Am: Groom prevails
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 15, 2012) -- Steve Groom of Raytown, MO, is the 2012 Kansas City Amateur Champion. Groom held off solid competition over the course of three days at Shoal Creek Golf Course in Kansas City, MO to take the title in the Open division.

Groom was able to finish with a one-under-par 212 for the 54-hole stroke play championship. His nearest finisher was Round 1 leader Austin Conroy of Lee’s Summit, MO, who finished 1 stroke behind at even par 213 for the championship.

Groom started off fast by making birdie on the par-4 second hole and followed it up with another birdie on the par-3 fifth hole before making bogey on the par-4 seventh hole. As Groom made the turn at one-under-par 35, he was one shot clear of Conroy and Mizzou golfer Ryan Zech of Kearney, MO.

He would maintain his lead thru 12 holes with Conroy and Zech still bringing pressure down the finish. Groom would play consistently on the back nine with seven straight pars before reaching the par-3 17th hole at Shoal Creek. Zech would fall out of the hunt once he made double-bogey on the par-5 13th hole.

Conroy’s back nine kept things much more interesting – he made birdie on numbers 10, 11, and 13 before making bogey on the par-4 14th hole, though he would respond by making birdie on the par-4 15th hole. Through 15 holes Conroy had matched Groom at two under par, making the final three holes the decision to the championship.

Conroy, however, found trouble on the par-4 16th hole creating double-bogey and making Conroy fall back to even par for the championship. Groom would then bogey the par-3 17th hole giving him a one shot lead heading into the final hole. After Conroy made a great par save to finish at even par, Groom was left in the driver seat. A seasoned veteran of the game of golf, Groom made a solid par to win the championship over Conroy.

In the senior division, Tom Leonard took home championship honors for 2012. Leonard’s tournament was shortened by the cancellation of the first round due to storms, resulting in no cut for the field after 36 holes. The loss of the first round didn’t affect Leonard, however, as he played consistent golf over the course of the 36 holes firing 70-70 to shoot a 36-hole total 140, two-under-par.

The runner up in the senior division went to Andy Smith who fired a stellar final round three-under-par 68 to edge Ed Walsworth out of runner-up honors by one stroke. Smith’s second round would put him at a 36-hole total score of 141 or one-under-par for the championship.

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