Nigh, Sieber-Bradley win WyCo Open
Reece Nigh turned in the best round of his Wyandotte County Open career at the most opportune time on Sunday, Aug. 8. He offset two bogeys with a pair of birdies and posted a par-72 to claim a four-stroke victory in the 34th annual event at Sunflower Hills Golf Course.
Nigh’s strong final round was necessary to overcome 16-year-old Parker Miller, who was attempting to become the youngest champion ever. Even after a good start to his final round, Nigh still trailed by two strokes with six holes to go.
Nigh pulled even when Miller double bogeyed the 187-yard par 3 13th when his tee shot on the perilous sloping green left him with a difficult two-putt.
Both missed a chance to go ahead at No. 14 when both bogeyed before Miller suffered the toughest of breaks on the 480-yard monster par 4 15th hole. Both missed the fairway, but Miller’s ball stopped dead against a tree on the right side of the fairway while trees blocked Nigh from any chance of reaching the green on his second shot.
Miller was able to chip out into the fairway but was wide left from 200 yards, chipped 20 feet past the hole and made double bogey while Nigh was able to get his second shot short of the green and then knocked in his third shot to within 18 inches before taking a two-shot lead.
“That pretty well took the air out of the tank,” Miller said. “I couldn’t do anything (on his second shot) and it was pretty much down hill from there.”
Nigh added another shot to the lead at the par 3 16th, two-putting from 40 feet while Miller missed the green and made bogey.
He had a chance to get a shot back at the par 5 17th when he was able to reach the fringe in two while Nigh had to maneuver through several trees to get back to the fairway on his second shot. However, he chipped his fourth shot from in front of the green to within a foot for par while Miller’s chip from the fringe came up short and he two-putted.
Nigh then wrapped it up by flying his second shot from the rough on No. 18 to six feet for an even par round of 72 and 149 total that was six shots in front of Jerry Reid, who birdied the final three holes to finish runnerup at 155.
For the 43-year-old Nigh, the championship was his first after many years of competing. He started playing in the WyCo Open in the mid 80’s and was pretty much a regular except for a five-year stretch from 2003-08.
In the women’s competition, Pat Sieber-Bradley stood alone at the top of the leader board.
Paired head-to-head with another of the tournament’s three-time winners, Donna Reid, Sieber-Bradley used the best round of the women’s tournament to become the first four-time winner. Finishing with an 87 in the final round, Sieber-Bradley finished with a 179 that was well ahead of Reid’s 193 and a 205 by Billie Aulthouse, a two-time champion.
A regular in the Wyco Open almost since its inception 30 years ago, Sieber-Bradley won her first championship in 1991, added another in 1997 and then made it two in a row after getting her third crown last year.