Kansas City Masters: Iliff and Schorgl win
LEAWOOD, Kan. (Oct. 16, 2012) -- The Kansas City Golf Association wrapped up the 2012 season today with the Kansas City Masters held at Leawood South Country Club. The top 18 open players and top 9 senior players off the Bushnell points list competed for the final title of the year. Brett Iliff of Olathe, KS, added his name to the winner’s circle as the final champion of the 2012 season with his stellar two round total of 138, four-under-par.
The first round leader started his round on fire today, with an eagle 3 on the par-5 opening hole. Six pars and one bogey would allow Iliff to go out in two-under-par 34 on the front nine at Leawood South. Five straight pars on the back nine led him to an ultimate five shot victory over the always-tough competitor in Bryan Norton of Mission Hills, KS. The 2011 Kansas City Masters champion, Norton, played consistent golf over the two-day event, finishing at one-over-par 143 to claim runner-up honors. A two-way tie for 3rd place between former Mizzou golfer Kris Casburn and Kansas City Amateur champion Steve Groom at 148 would round out the top 3 places.
The Senior division came down to the wire to name its champion in a day that produced nearly 30 mile per hour winds on a narrow course with out of bounds on nearly every hole. Charlie Schorgl of Leawood, KS, ultimately would repeat as Kansas City Masters Senior champion with a one-shot victory over Kevin Handlan of Leawood, KS.
Schorgl entered the day with a two-shot lead, but would see it disappear on the early holes of the back nine, with Handlan making birdie on the par-4 11th hole to bring them to even with 7 holes to play. Schorgl would then make back-to-back birdies on the par-4 14th hole and par-5 15th hole to defeat Handlan by one-shot.
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