Shoal Creek golfer wins KC Amateur title

07/15/2014 1:22 PM

07/15/2014 1:22 PM

Touting his blue Bridgestone visor and a focused face throughout the day, Zac Dittmer appeared poised to hold onto his lead at the Kansas City Amateur Championship golf tournament on Sunday.

And that’s exactly what he did as he walked around Shoal Creek, his home course, for a three-round score of 9-under-par 205; it also ended up being his second straight title.

“I definitely have an advantage out here,” Dittmer said. “I play out here every day. I live on the course. I’m always out here and know everybody here so it’s just a comfortable.”

Dittmer showed calm presence around each shot he took in the round. He made sure to keep that same demeanor.

“I just don’t let anything bother me too much,” he said. “I just try to move onto the next shot.”

A college golfer at Faulkner State in Alabama, Dittmer has said the summer events have helped him continue a good string of play.

“I’ve been really consistent all summer and shot a lot of rounds under par,” he said.

This leads to Dittmer playing the percentages with many of his shots. He’s looking for the proper spot in the fairway or on the green to place his shot.

“You don’t want to play defensively, but you don’t want to play stupid either,” Dittmer said.

Overall, Dittmer knows that a tournament like this will help him throughout the rest of the tournament.

“I just take away the confidence and experience playing in the last group,” he said.

Matt Barry, from Parkville, finished in fourth place with a 214 overall score.

There was also some strong play in the Senior Division; Steve Groom from Raytown, continued to show his ability in the local golf scene with a three-day aggregate score of 206, seven under par.

The closest opponent in his division was Andy Smith, a Gladstone resident, who had a 3-under-par aggregate of 210.

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