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Hunter Sparks wins Kansas Amateur

July 25, 2011

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— Wichita State golfer Hunter Sparks beat Kansas State’s Kyle Smell, 2-and-1, in the championship match of the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship on Sunday at Hallbrook Country Club.

“It means a lot, especially with my mom here … it’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever won,” said Sparks, a 20-year-old from Oklahoma City, Okla.

Sparks battled Overland Park’s Smell to a draw through 33 holes in the finals, before a couple of errant tee shots cost the Wildcat senior. Sparks had a conceded birdie on Hallbrook’s par-4 16th hole (their 34th of the day) and then won No. 17 with a par to close out the match.

Sparks, the 2010 Amateur medalist at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, was the third seed this year.

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