By Geoff Converse
HYANNISPORT, Mass. (Oct. 28, 2012) -- In 2008, a young, unheralded Tyler Kett stunned the Cape Cod golf world with his win in the Cape Cod Amateur Golf Championship.
Since then, Kett, a member at Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich, has been pursuing a career that's put golf on the back burner. This year, he decided it was time to tune up his game and get back into some serious competition.
That decision might not be something the rest of the Cape amateur golf world wants to hear, especially after the 26-year-old blistered the seaside Hyannisport Club layout Saturday for an error-free 4-under-par 67 to capture medalist honors in the 61st edition of the Cape Cod Amateur Championship.
Kett finished three-shots better than runner-up Jared Pane of Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds, who toured the 6,250-yard Hyannisport layout in 1-under-par 70. Finishing third in the qualifying event was defending champion Matt Sheran of Hyannis Golf Club, who shot the day's only even-par round.
In the senior division, Dave Houghton topped the qualifying field with a 1-under 70, an eye-popping six shots better than runners-up Jim Horvath of Dennis Pines, David Kennedy of Hyannis Golf Club and Greg Harden of the host club.
As opposed to most years when the weather is always a factor on qualifying day (last year, an afternoon monsoon drenched the players that teed off after 11 a.m.), the 117-player field played in idyllic conditions with little or no wind and temperatures soaring well over 70 degrees in the bright sunshine.
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