Another great season at the Kansas City Golf Association has come to a close with the conclusion of the Kansas City Masters, an invitation only, two-day tournament where the best of the best fight for their last chance at a title.
This year’s Masters was held at Wolf Creek Golf Club and it certainly did not disappoint. In great condition and a reputable atmosphere, Wolf Creek provides a difficult, yet fair test for the best golfers in the KC area.
40 players accepted an invitation and ages ranged from 16 year old high schoolers Justin Wingerter and Joe Bultman to our reputable senior players Steve Groom and Jim Seward. It’s a unique event that allows great representation of the talent we have.
Day one of competition showed the difficulties of Wolf Creek as only three players carded rounds under par. Justin Wingerter, Greg Diederich and defending champion Park Ulrich all came in with rounds of 69 (-3). Fourteen birdies were carded on day one between the three of them and lead the field by three.
Heading in to day two of competition, Parker Miller and Jeff Bell sat in a tie for fourth place after shooting even par rounds with Joe Bultman on the outside looking in after a round of 73 (+1).
Day two brought a lot of changes in the leaderboard as scores seemed to be consistently lower than round one with everyone chasing the leading group. Some notable scores from day two included a two-under round from Mark Terranova, a one-under round from Ed Brown and a three-under round (69) by Jackson Foth.
The leading group struggled a bit on the final day of competition to create a little bit of excitement as the tournament came down the stretch. Both Parker Miller and Joe Bultman carded even par rounds of 72 to become the leaders in the clubhouse at 144 (E) and 145 (+1). With the final group still out, both Bultman and Miller waited to see how their scores would hold up.
Greg Diederich and Park Ulrich would both struggle down the stretch with a few bogeys to leave the door open for Justin Wingerter. Despite a few bogeys on the back nine, Wingerter’s great play on day one would be enough to hold off the field. Wingerter’s final round of 74, (+2), would bring him to a total score of 143 (-1) and beat out Parker Miller, 144, for first place. Joe Bultman would finish in third place with his one-over total score of 145.
Greg Diederich shot a final round of 77 (+5) to finish tied for fourth with Mark Terranova (146). Park Ulrich shot a final round of 78 (+6) to finish tied for sixth with Jackson Foth (147).
With the season finally ended, we would like to thank everyone who makes what we do possible. We have a great group of volunteers who donate their time to support our events throughout the season. We also couldn’t do what we do without the players who continue to support us and choose to play in our events all season long.
Thank you for the continued support and we will see you all in April!