The 102nd Kansas Amater ended with a clash of Kansas State University golfers.


The 102nd Kansas Amater ended with a clash of Kansas State University golfers.

Kyle Smell of Overland Park, last year’s runner-up, topped K-State roomate Ben Juffer of West Des Moines, Iowa, two-up in the 36-hole final Sunday at Sand Creek Station.

Smell won five of six holes at one point in the second round of play in the finals to overcome a three-hole deficit.

“It feels great … honestly it’s hard to explain right now. I don’t think it’s hit me,” Smell said. “To be from so close last year, being a one seed and feeling really good about it, (losing) was more of a humbling experience and I was glad I could come out of it. To get it done this year it feels awesome.”

Smell is a two-time Kansas Golf Association Junior Player of the Year and was the Junior Amateur champion in 2007.

In Saturday’s semifinals, Smell downed Chris Gilbert of Lawrence 3 and 2; and Juffer downed Kevin Quinley of Salina 2 and 1.

102nd Kansas Amateur

Sand Creek Station

Semifinals

Saturday

Kyle Smell, Overland Park def. Chris Gilbert, Lawrence 3 and 2

Ben Juffer, West Des Moines, Iowa def. Kevin Quinley, Salina 2 and 1

Finals

Sunday

36 holes

Kyle Smell, Overland Park def. Ben Juffer, West Des Moines, Iowa 2 up