The field has been whittled down to eight players for the 102nd Kansas Amateur after two rounds of match play Friday at Sand Creek Station.


The field has been whittled down to eight players for the 102nd Kansas Amateur after two rounds of match play Friday at Sand Creek Station.

One finalist remains from last year’s tournament — recent Kansas State graduate Kyle Smell of Overland Park.

Smell downed Cameron Wiltse, also of Overland Park, 2 and 1. Smell then downed Thane Ringler of Hutchinson 3 and 2.

“I knew coming into this afternoon it was going to be one of the harder matches of the tournament whether I won this or not,” Smell said. “I needed to be solid. If he beats me making birdies, so be it.

“I went out there, kept my game plan and played well. I keep hitting a 2-iron and hitting it in the fairway. That keeps a lot of stress off you. If you can limit that, it keeps you from wearing down physically as well.”

Smell faces Alex Heinen of Edmond, Okla., of Wichita State, in today’s quarterfinals. Also in the quarterfinals, Indiana University golfer Michael McGee of Kansas City, Mo., faces University of Kansas golfer Chris Gilbert of Lawrence, K-State’s Ben Juffer of West Des Moines, Iowa, faces Corey Novascone of Wichita — the 1996 champion — and Fort Hays State’s Kevin Quinley of Salina faces Missouri-Kansas City’s Park Ulrich of Overland Park.

The semifinals are this afternoon, following the quarterfinals. The 36-hole championship match is Sunday.