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Wyandotte County Golf Tournament tees off Saturday at Sunflower Hills

August 10, 2011

Reece Nigh has a simple secret to winning the Wyandotte County Golf Tournament.

“Keep the ball below the hole, No. 13, No. 15, all of them, you have to keep the ball below the hole,” said Nigh, who will try to defend his 2010 championship in the 35th annual shootout Saturday and Sunday at Sunflower Hills Golf Course.

Nigh has his sights set on another championship, but Sunflower Hills master golf professional Jeff Johnson knows it won’t be easy.

“Reece would probably have to be the favorite, but there’s a whole lot of strong challengers,” Johnson said. “Richard Laing is playing, so is J.R. Munson, along with Jerry Reid, Brad Ansley, Tim Skoria, Bob Chatterton and Tim Nick just to name (a few).”

Not in the field are Steve Groom, a seven-time winner, and Jim Yoakum, who just won the Sunflower Hills club championship but is out of the city and not able to compete.

Munson is a two-time champion, winning in 2005 and 2009, while Chatterton set the tournament record of 144 (even par) and Laing matched it in winning in 1993.

Five-time champion Pat Seber-Bradley is the heavy favorite in the women’s division in her bid to become the third woman to win the event three times in a row. Donna Reid — who finished second last year and won from 1993-95 — is in the field, as is Katie Johnson, who won from 2005-2007.

A field of 80 to 100 players is expected. Tee times will be announced today, and play begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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