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KU signee Krsnich claims medalist honors

July 11, 2001

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Technically, Pete Krsnich won the Kansas Junior Golf Association Team Sectionals on Tuesday at Eagle Bend. He shot a tournament-low 139, five strokes under par.

But Chris Mabry bested him by one stroke and finished with a score of 138.

Pete Krsnich hits a shot during the Kansas Junior Golf Association
Team Sectionals on Tuesday at Eagle Bend.

Pete Krsnich hits a shot during the Kansas Junior Golf Association Team Sectionals on Tuesday at Eagle Bend.

Mabry didn't win the Team Championship medalist award because he played as an individual and not as a member of a team.

"It's kind of a bittersweet," said Krsnich, who will play golf this fall at Kansas University. "I won, but I didn't."

Mabry was playing two groups in front of Krsnich, whose group was the last of the day, and Krsnich said he did not know anyone in front of him had a score close enough to beat him.

"I was trying to play against the course and not match play," the Wichita native said. "But it really turned into match play along the back nine between myself and Jeff Spradlin, a member of my group. Neither of us knew that anyone had a score near ours. The officials were radioing our scores along, but we weren't getting any back. So we figured it was the two of us."

Mabry, who will be a senior at Shawnee Miege next year, totaled 70 shots on Monday and 68 on Tuesday.

"The difference was that (on Tuesday) I could putt," he said. "I had 34 putts on Monday. It also felt a little cooler today because of the wind."

His performance on the last three holes of the tournament also helped his score. He eagled No. 16, came out even on No. 17 and birdied No. 18.

Mabry will also be one of 16 participants in the KJGA Match-play tournament today and Thursday at Lawrence Country Club. The top 16 finishers from the Team Sectionals will advance to the tournament to earn points in the KJGA Point Cup Championship.

"I'm looking forward to playing for the next two days," he said. "But it's going to be tough playing 36 holes on both days in this heat."

While Krsnich might think that he did not win the individual medalist award outright, there is one award that Mabry has no claim to: the Team Championship. Krsnich's South Central team totaled 1801 strokes, 77 strokes better than second-place Northeast.

The South Central team also did something that KJGA official Rusty Hilst, who has been working at these tournaments for 24 years, has never seen shoot under 900 on one day. The South Central squad tallied 898 shots on Tuesday.

"I don't remember a team ever doing that," he said. "That is pretty amazing."

Andrew Foulston of Wichita placed first in the under-11 age group with a score of 81. Another Wichita native, Dodge Kemmer, took top honors in the 12-13 year old age group after he shot 145. Kemmer is also the youngest person to qualify for a Kansas Amateur golf tournament this year.

Zac Potter of Cheney totaled 146 strokes to take first in the 14-15 division. Ben Gill placed first in the 16-17 division with the second best score of the tournament with 143 strokes. Krsnich won the under-18 division with his 139-stroke effort.

Lawrence High senior-to-be Spencer Wilson tied for 13th overall with a two-round 152 score.

In the 12-13 division, Lawrence's Quinn Klutman finished with 185 strokes for two rounds.

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