LEAWOOD, Kan. - Hunter Sparks never trailed in the first 18 holes and held off Kansas State's Kyle Smell to claim the 101st Kansas Match Play Amateur Championship at Hallbrook Country Club. Sparks, the 3rd seed, defeated top seed Smell 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final.
Earlier this summer Sparks was the medalist at The Railer, Kansas Stoke Play Championship.
Sparks led from the outset, though Smell caught up to tie the match on the 17th hole in the first round. Smell remained ahead until the 11th hole of the second round when his bogey on the 416-yard, par-4 hole allowed Sparks to even the match. Sparks birdied Hole 16 and paired an even-par 17 with Smell's double-bogey to claim the championship.
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