MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State sophomore men’s golfer Cooper Schultz broke an even match through 26 holes by winning four of the next seven holes to capture the 111th Kansas Amateur championship at Crestview Country Club in Wichita.
Schultz – who defeated Brock Polhill of Edmond, Oklahoma, 4&3 – is the first current or former Wildcat to win the Kansas Amateur since Kyle Smell did so after this senior season in 2012.
Schultz tied the 36-hole match with an eagle on No. 18, and the match remained tied through the first eight holes of the second 18. Schultz then won Nos. 9, 10, 14 and 15 to take the match.
A native of Andover, Kansas, Schultz entered the match play portion of the Kansas Amateur by tying for sixth through two rounds of stroke play at 5-under par 139. The No. 7 seed for match play, Schultz won his Round of 64 match, 3&1, his Round of 32 match, 3&2, and his Round of 16 match, 4&3. In the quarterfinals, Schultz won, 4&2, before a 4&3 victory in the semifinals.
Schultz’s victory in the Kansas Amateur continues his impressive summer as he advanced out of local qualifying for the US Open in addition to qualifying for the 121st US Amateur. He will travel to Oakmont Country Club in Verona, Pennsylvania to begin the US Amateur on August 9 with coverage on both Golf Channel and Peacock.