Kansas golfer Chase Hanna, a Shawnee Mission East graduate, had a strong start in match play at the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship on Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club. Hanna, who was seeded No. 1 through his top score in stroke-play qualifying, beat David Jackson of Lansing, Kan., 5-4 in the round of 64.
Hanna is the defending champion.
Former KU golfers Tyler Shelton and Conrad Roberts also advanced Thursday. Shelton beat Trenton Specht of Garden City 2 and 1, while Roberts beat Josh Barker of Olathe 5 and 4.
They were joined in the round of 32 by former KU coach Kit Grove, who beat Mark Terranova of Overland Park 3 and 1.
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Aaron Sheaks, another former Jayhawk, was knocked out after 20 holes by Zac Burton, a former backup quarterback at K-State.
As for K-State golfers, well, the two current players that qualified for match play had to square off Thursday. Connor Knabe, who also went to SM East, beat Wildcat teammate Matt Green 2 and 1. Green is an Olathe Northwest grad.
Former K-State golfer Alex Carney lost in 19 holes to Grant Grego of Lee’s Summit.
The rounds of 32 and 16 will be played Friday. The tournament will conclude with the final on Sunday.