Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Eight former champions will compete in Wyandotte County Open this weekend


Eight former champions are expected to be in the field for the 36th annual Wyandotte County Open Golf Tournament at Sunflower Hills Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12.

Brad Ansley and Donna Reid will be defending the men’s and women’s championships they won last year. A 36-hole stroke play tournament, there will be six flights for men and two for women.

Other former men’s champions include Reece Nigh, the 2010 champion; J.R. Munson, a two-time winner with wins in 2005 and 2009; Denny McWilliams, the oldest champion at age 51 when he won in 1993; and the co-holders of the tournament record of 144, Bob Chatterton and Rich Laing.

Chatterton first set the record in 1985; Laing matched it in 1992 and is coming off winning the club championship this past month with a two-under par 70.

The women’s championship is expected to be a renewal of the tournament’s only four-time champions, Reid and Pat Seber-Bradley.

Reid is the first in either division to win three straight titles (1993-95) and ended Seber-Bradley’s bid for three straight championships last year. In addition to winning in 2009 and 2010, Seber-Bradley won in 1991 and 1997.

The oldest tournament of its kind in the Kansas City area, entries are still being accepted at Sunflower Hills (913-721-2727). The cost is $90 and includes on qualifying round.

Participants will be treated to a luncheon on Saturday courtesy of Farmland Foods and a post-tournament dinner Sunday provided by the Sunflower Hills Snack Shop.