A great formula for success is staying consistent.
Such was the case Saturday in round two of the amateur scramble at the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am, as two of the low-round teams from Friday’s play at Buffalo Dunes turned around at The Gold Club at Southwind and battled it out for team title honors.
When all was said and done, it was Team Clarion Inn besting Team Pizza Hut by a single stroke.
Team Clarion Inn (Jim Orr, Tom Mikulka, and HJ, Herb and Austin Swender) shot a 57 (14 strokes under par) Saturday to go with their Friday 55 at Dunes to win with a 112.
That was one shot better than the group of Andrew King, Trevor Watkins, Brady Eakes, Nick Hatcher and Chad Magner. Team Pizza Hut matched the 57 Saturday. Added to their 56 Friday, they finished th3 tournament at 113.
Orr’s group finished the weekend 31 strokes under par under pretty ideal conditions, he said.
“We did pretty well,” Orr said. “We had a couple of holes where we got a little help from our pro (Nick Mason). He made birdie for us a couple times.”
After Friday’s round, Orr attributed the team’s low score to everyone contributing. Saturday was no different.
“There wasn’t anybody who really stood out. It was just everybody doing what they needed to do at the time they needed to get it done,” he said. “It worked out really well. It’s the way a scramble should be. It shouldn’t be all one player. It should be everyone contributing different times. That makes it fun.”
Southwind didn’t really present any more of a challenge Saturday than Dunes did Friday, Orr added.
“Both courses were in great shape. The greens at Southwind were really good. The wind wasn’t blowing, and everything just worked out,” he said.
Playing in the morning after Friday’s late tee time also made it more pleasant before the heat became a factor, Orr added.
Two teams finished tied for third (114). They were Friday co-leaders Anson Garcia, Trevis Vanderpool, Shane Vanderpool, Jimmy Wyderman and Curtis Houser (55-59), along with Chad Koster, Marcus Amerin, Kory Koehn, Mike Wall and Barry Lucas (57-57).
Alone in fifth at 115 (57-58) were Reed Bullinger, Shane See, Lonnie Dearden, Michael Burch and Phil Breidenbach.
Sixth place went to Kevin Colvin, Ryan Cameron, Westin Weeast, Steve Chambers and Barry Ingalls at 116 (59-57).