NEWTON, Kan. — The 102nd Kansas Amateur Championship got underway Tuesday at Sand Creek Station Golf Club in Newton.
Not surprisingly a player with recent success at the challenging Sand Creek Station course was the leader in the triple-digit Kansas heat at day's end. Southern Methodist golfer Harry Higgs shot a 6-under 66 in the first of two rounds of stroke play qualifying and is halfway to earning medalist honors before match play begins.
Overland Park's Higgs shot 69/73 to share the lead after two rounds and finished second at last month's Railer, Stroke Play Championship of Kansas held on the same Sand Creek Station layout. Tuesday morning, the 20-year-old Higgs opened with a 35 on the back nine and closed his round on Sand Creek Station's front side, shooting a 5-under 31 which included an eagle at the par-5 fourth and birdies on both par 3's.
"It really suits my eye. Today the wind was up but it was still pretty score-able. The course was in great shape. It's just kind of a tee shot golf course. You have to keep it in front of you; keep it in play and then you can go ahead and score from there today was a good putting day though. I made absolutely everything I looked at," said Higgs, a junior SMU sports management major who plays at Royal Oaks while in Dallas and at Overland Park's Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. "At no. 4, the tee shot was kind of left to right and down (wind). I hit a good tee ball. I had 250 or so. The flag was on the right. I landed a hybrid just a little short and it ran up to about 10 feet below the hole and I made the putt. It was kind of a nice way kick start to my (second) nine."