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Kansas signee falters

Krsnich drops second-round match

July 12, 2001

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A day after winning the Kansas Junior Golf Assn. Team Sectionals, Pete Krsnich fell short in another tournament.

He won his first-round match in the KJGA Match Play tournament on Wednesday at Lawrence Country Club, but fell to Simon Thompson during the second 18 holes and was bounced to the loser's bracket.

Simon Thompson follows through on his drive off the fourth tee at
Lawrence Country Club. The Shawnee Mission East golfer won his
match against Wichita's Pete Krsnich on Wednesday.

Simon Thompson follows through on his drive off the fourth tee at Lawrence Country Club. The Shawnee Mission East golfer won his match against Wichita's Pete Krsnich on Wednesday.

Thompson, who totaled five birdies to Krsnich's three, took an early lead and Krsnich, who was seeded No. 2 in the tournament could not catch the Class 6A state champion from Shawnee Mission East.

A golfer can't win every tournament just ask Tiger Woods and regardless of Krsnich's play on Wednesday and today, Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall is not about to revoke his offer to let Krsnich play for the Jayhawks.

"Pete is a good golfer," Randall said. "He's been one of the better amateur golfers in the state for the past few years. He's indicated to me that he wants to come and start for us next year and we'll have to see what happens."

Krsnich said making the Jayhawks' traveling squad is one of his goals something he does not take lightly.

"I'm looking forward to playing right away," the 18-year old from Wichita said. "Instead of red-shirting I want to play. Some people don't give themselves enough of something to shoot for."

Achieving goals is something Krsnich knows well. He played for the varsity all four years at Wichita Kapaun, helping the Crusaders win state championships his freshman and sophomore years.

"That was a great experience for me," he said. "I got to play with some of the best golfers in the state for four years and with my older brother for two years."

Krsnich has been competing in KJGA tournaments for nine years and knows just about everybody associated with KJGA.

Pete Krsnich putts on the second hole during the KJGA Match Play
Tournament at Lawrence Country Club Wednesday.

Pete Krsnich putts on the second hole during the KJGA Match Play Tournament at Lawrence Country Club Wednesday.

And it seems everybody knows Krsnich, too.

All day long on Monday and Tuesday golfers trickled in to the scoring table at Eagle Bend. After signing their card and comparing scores with friends and golfers in their age group they nearly always asked the question, "How's Pete doing?"

"Pete is a great kid," said KJGA official and former Hutchinson High coach Rusty Hilst. "Kids look up to him and everybody knows who he is and likes him. He's not loud, but he's a quiet jokester who's got a dry sense of humor."

Krsnich said if younger golfers look up to him, that's a bonus.

"I've been coming to these for nine years and I've met an incredible amount of people," he said. "If little kids look up to me, that makes it gratifying."

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