Kansas City Match Play History

Ryne Fisher defeated Hank Simpson 2-up to win the 2015 KC Match Play Championship

With origins back to 1902, the Kansas City Match Play has a storied history as a major regional competition, attracting amateur players from all over the regional area.  The championship marks its recorded beginnings in 1946, when it was contested at Indian Hills Country Club. However, many note that the start of the championship may have dated back to 1902. While the Kansas City Match play took a 10-year break, with the revival of the championship in 2013, the event played for the 100th time in recorded history in May 2015, with Swope Memorial playing host in 1958. The history of the Kansas City Match Play and the history of Swope Memorial Golf Course make the course and championship a perfect match.

During its more than 100-year-history, the Kansas City Match Play has played host to some of the greatest players in Kansas City golf history. Some of those players include:

Jim Colbert (1958, 1959)

  • 33 professional wins (8 wins on PGA Tour, 20 wins on Champions Tour)

Tom Watson (1964 Champion, 1967 Champion)

  • 70 professional wins (39 wins on PGA Tour, 14 wins on Champions Tour)
  • U.S. Open Champion – 1982
  • Masters Champion – 1977, 1981
  • The Open Championship Winner – 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983

Mike Peck (1973, 1974)

  • Walker Cup Member – 1979

Tom Pernice (1975, 1976, 1977, 1981)

  • 4 professional wins (2 wins on PGA Tour, 1 win on Champions Tour)

Past Results:

2015 Results

2014 Results

2013 Results

2000-02 Results

1995-1999 Results

1990-1994 Results

1980-89 Results

1970-79 Results

1960-69 Results

1952-59 Results

1945-51 Results

1902 – 1941 Results