Garden City juniors compete in KGA tourney


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Garden City's Sion Audrain, a 14-year-old eighth-grader to be, fashioned a two-day, 36-hole total of 146 (72-74) to finish in a tie for 13th overall at the Kansas Golf Association's Junior Boys' Championship on Wednesday and Thursday at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence.

Audrain's total was good enough to share first place in the 14-and-under age division.

Taylor Larsen had rounds of 75-72--147 and finished in 17th place. Garden City's third golfer in the tournament, Daniel Gaspar, had rounds of 79-77--156, and was in 55th place overall.

Larsen's score was good for second in the 15-year-old division and Gaspar placed sixth in the same age group. Audrain's 146 total shared first place in the youngest age division with Grant Herrenbruck of Salina.

Wichitan Sam Stevens, who is headed to Oklahoma State University next year to compete for the Cowboys, had rounds of 64-69-133 to win by five shots. Stevens was runner-up in the 2012 Junior at Buffalo Dunes to Travis Mays of Overland Park.

Stevens' victory added to the lore of the family golfing history as he joined his grandfather, Johnny, and his father, Charlie, as KGA Junior champions. Johnny won the inaugural tournament in 1960 at MacDonald Park Golf Course in Wichita while Charlie won the title in 1986 at Rolling Meadows Golf Course in Junction City. Both Johnny and Charlie went on to win Kansas Amateur titles during their career.

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