Morikawa runs away in Trans-Miss, McGreevy, Johnston finish strong

ANDOVER, Kan.–Collin Morikawa from La Canada Flintridge, Calif., played a scintillating brand of golf in runaway, seven-shot victory over Philip Barbaree from Shreveport, La., on Thursday at the 112th Trans-Mississippi Championship, played over 72 holes at the enchanting Flint Hills National Golf Club. 

It was a taste of sweet revenge for the 18-year-old Morikawa, who two weeks ago at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions in Sunriver, Ore., watched Barbaree peel away from the pack for a 14-shot victory in one of that tour’s most prominent events. Morikawa finished fourth there, a distant 18 strokes behind Barbaree, who set an AJGA scoring record.
 
"I might have been thinking about that a tad, but not really," said Morikawa, who posted 18-under-par 262 to win going away. "Philip is a great player and a great competitor. It’s always fun playing with him. I guess I felt like he did two weeks ago seeing all those putts go in."
 
The putts fell in bunches for Morikawa, who began his week Tuesday morning with an even-par 70 played in a downpour. Once the skies cleared, Morikawa hit the afterburners and turned Flint Hills National into his personal playground with rounds of 64-64-64. In Thursday’s 36-hole finale he carded 14 birdies against just two bogeys.
 
At one point in the second round, Morikawa, an incoming freshman at California-Berkeley, had picked apart Flint Hills National to the tune of 8-under through 12 holes, on pace to shoot golf’s immortal score of 59. It wasn’t to be, however, after a late bogey and a three-putt from 5 feet on the final round that turned what could have been an 8-under 62 into his first 64 of the week.
 
That score, incidentally, set the competitive course record at Flint Hills National, a sublime Tom Fazio design that hosted the 2001 U.S. Women’s Amateur and 2007 U.S. Senior Amateur.
 
Barbaree, a 17-year-old junior at Shreveport’s Byrd High School, took runner-up honors at 11-under 269. He shot 68-66 in the final two rounds.
 
"I guess Collin wanted to give it back to me after the Rolex," Barbaree said. "I’m happy for him, but it was a good week for me, too."
 
After a Barbaree birdie on the fourth hole and a Morikawa bogey on the sixth, Barbaree got the closest of anyone to the lead on the final day. At that moment, Barbaree was within five strokes of the lead. But that’s when Morikawa stepped on the gas again with birdies on the seventh and eighth holes to stretch out ahead.
 
"Putting has been holding me back for so many years, but it was nice to see the putts go in this week," Morikawa said. "Everything kind of came together for me these past three days. It’s some of the best golf I’ve ever played."
 
KK Limbhasut, who is Morikawa’s teammate at Cal-Berkeley, took third place at 9-under 271. Fort Worth’s Andrew Presley claimed fourth place at 8-under 272.
 
Grady Brame from Hammond, La., made an impressive run in the final round with a front nine 29 that featured seven birdies. Brame got to 7-under overall before a bogey on No. 12 halted his momentum. He ultimately finished in a tie for fifth place at 5-under 275 with Max McGreevy from Edmond, Okla., and Rylee Reinerston from Gibbon, Neb.
 
McGreevy, who will be a junior at the University of Oklahoma, opened with a 73, but then shot 66-67-69 for the top-5 finish.

The top 30 finishers earned exemptions into the 2016 Trans-Miss Championship, to be played next July at famed Olympic Club in San Francisco. Sam Johnston from Edmond, Okla., was the low mid-amateur with a total score of 2-under 278.

Johnston was even-par for the day, shooting rounds of 69 and 71, and finished tied for 12th. He ended up being one of only 17 players to break par in a field that began with 142 players before being cut to the top 56 after the second round.

Trans-Mississippi Golf Association
112th Trans-Mississippi Championship
Flint Hills National Golf Club
Andover, Kansas
July 9, 2015
FINAL RESULTS

Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge – 70-64-64-64–262
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport – 69-66-68-66–269
KK Limbhasut, Berkeley – 69-65-69-68–271
Andrew Presley, Fort Worth – 70-65-69-68–272
Max McGreevy, Edmond – 73-66-67-69–275
Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon – 75-65-64-71–275
Grady Brame, Hammond – 70-68-71-66–275
Andrew Lister, College Station – 69-71-70-66–276
Cristobal Del Solar, Santiago – 70-67-67-72–276
Sean Walsh, Keller – 67-69-67-74–277
Nick Voke, Ames – 71-67-68-71–277
Ryan Zech, Kearney – 73-70-69-66–278
Sam Johnston, Edmond – 69-69-69-71–278
Cheng Jin, Bejing – 70-65-74-69–278
Kyle Weldon, Des Peres – 72-67-68-71–278
Ryan Burgess, Rancho Santa Fe – 67-69-74-69–279
Zach Zaback, Farmington – 72-65-74-68–279
Landon Lyons, Baton Rouge – 70-70-70-70–280
Andrew Ertel, The Woodlands – 71-68-71-71–281
Mike McCoy, Des Moines – 70-68-71-72–281
Tyler Saunders, Sturgeon County – 74-66-75-66–281
Lawrence Allan, Hammond – 70-69-69-73–281
Byron Meth, San Diego – 75-65-72-70–282
Vincent Martino, Southlake – 71-69-72-70–282
Otto Black, Pinckney – 70-67-73-72–282
Daniel Hudson, Western Springs – 68-71-73-71–283
Kolton Crawford, Mansfield – 75-67-69-72–283
Chase Hanna, Leawood – 73-68-69-73–283
Blaine Hale, Dallas – 75-67-68-73–283
Patrick Murphy, Crossfield – 72-67-75-70–284
John Flaherty, Glastonbury – 69-65-77-73–284
Juan Serrano, Knoxville – 72-69-67-76–284
Graham Brockington, Palo Alto – 70-70-76-69–285
Carr Vernon, Poplar Bluff – 70-67-73-76–286
Grant Bennett, Lewisville – 70-71-72-74–287
Henry Simpson, Mission Hills – 71-71-71-75–288
Ben Doyle, La Jolla – 72-71-72-73–288
Sam Horsfield, Davenport – 71-68-77-72–288
Stephen Summers, Dallas – 72-69-75-73–289
Austin Eoff, Benton – 72-69-74-74–289
Derek Oland, McKinney – 71-69-70-79–289
Jonathan Hudson, Western Springs – 72-70-72-75–289
Kiran Day, Perth – 76-66-78-69–289
Wilson Sundvold, Columbia – 71-70-73-75–289
Nathan Weant, Hallsville – 77-66-74-73–290
Draegen Majors, Tulsa – 70-70-72-78–290
Harrison Endycott, Sydney – 74-67-72-77–290
Andre Garcia, Mansfield – 72-68-72-79–291
Sam Russell, Oklahoma City – 68-70-74-79–291
Fernando Cruz Valle, Guadalajara – 70-72-74-75–291
Teddy Jones, Wildwood – 71-72-73-77–293
Garrison Mendoza, Clinton – 72-71-70-80–293
Andrew Romano, Littleton – 73-68-79-75–295
Andrew McCain, Minneapolis – 74-69-76-77–296
Trevor Clayton, Clovis – 69-69-84-76–298
Mario Beltran, Miami – 71-69-73-NC–NC
—————-Missed the Cut—————-
Stephen Griggs, Carmichael – 76-68
Colin Pearson, Fort Dodge – 70-74
Alex Franklin, San Rafael – 74-70
Conrad Walcher, Oklahoma City – 76-68
Nick Heinen, Edmond – 71-73
Grant Houser, Holly Springs – 71-73
Michael Jeffrey Colgate, Kearney – 72-72
Sebastian Smith, Lo Barnechea – 70-74
Danny Pizetoski, Pinehurst – 74-70
Geoff Vartelas, Cromwell – 74-70
Dillon Woods, Jacksonville – 73-71
Maverick Antcliff, Augusta – 73-71
Tayler Termeer, Austin – 75-70
Will Zalatoris, Plano – 75-70
Baxter Ward, Nacogdoches – 75-70
Matthew Lowe, Farmingdale – 74-71
Tony Gil, Vaughan – 74-71
Matthew Green, Lake Lotawana – 74-71
Chris Wiatr, Woodbury – 74-71
Luis Fernando Barco, Lima – 74-71
Sean Yu, Beaumont – 74-71
John Bearrie, Arlington – 76-69
Michael Cotton, Katy – 70-75
Michael Brockington, Laguna Niguel – 72-74
Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach – 73-73
Walker Huddy, Studio City – 74-72
Hayden Wood, Edmond – 72-74
Bryon Shumate, Fort Smith – 74-72
Richard Donegan, Okeechobee  – 79-67
Seth Smith, St. Louis – 72-74
Danny Guise, Greenwich – 77-69
Connor Peck, Ankeny – 77-69
Austin Bautista, Sydney – 75-71
Robert Funk, Canyon Lake – 72-75
Ben Corfee, El Macero – 78-69
Preston Fleenor, Mission Hills – 72-75
Ryan Grider, Lewisville – 75-72
Jimmy Makloski, Pueblo – 78-69
Michael Tolladay, Fresno – 75-72
Brandon Smith, Frisco – 75-72
Gustavo Morantes, Albuquerque – 76-71
Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta – 75-72
Steven Vail, Cedar City – 73-74
Miguel Delgado, Novato – 77-71
Joseph Abella, Plano – 72-76
Anthony Marchesani, Oklahoma City – 75-73
Luke Sheehan, Tomball – 76-72
Andrew Garner, Paradise Valley – 76-72
Brandon Bauman, Las Vegas – 75-73
Sarosh Adi, Plano – 73-76
Alec Heinen, Edmond – 76-73
Connor Knabe, Leawood – 77-72
Garrett Fey, Mesquite – 80-69
Daniel Gale, Castle Hill – 75-74
Blake Cannon, Mesa – 73-76
Matthew Walker, Ottumwa – 79-70
Trevor Ranton, Waterloo – 80-69
Alex Springer, Olathe – 76-73
Connor Black, Humble – 78-72
Eamon Bradley, Hammond – 77-73
Ryan Argotsinger, Lees Summit – 78-72
Andy Spencer, Prairie Village – 75-75
Lawrence Field, Tulsa – 76-75
Matthew Rachey, Waconia – 78-73
Camilo Aguado, Jacksonville – 78-73
Ryan Han, Hollister – 71-81
Dominic Kieffer, Byron – 73-79
Chase Nicolai, Long Beach – 74-78
Justin Newby, Parker – 76-76
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport – 76-76
Ryan Knop, Pleasanton – 81-71
Sam Migdal, Ballwin – 76-76
Brent Brockermeyer, Los Angeles – 75-78
Jacob Bishop, Edmond – 78-75
Brooks Price, Dallas – 74-79
Stephen Stallings, Louisville – 80-73
Alex Higgs, Overland Park – 75-78
Mike Holloway, Wichita – 82-71
Andrew Paysse, Temple – 78-75
Gage Ihrig, Goodland – 80-74
Jordan Cowart, Austin – 75-79
Keelan Kilpatrick, Berkeley – 81-74
Ben Wolcott, Burns – 82-74
Grant Smith, Johnston – 83-73
Cole Nygren, San Luis Obispo – 85-77
Matt Van Zandt, Houston – 87-76
Sam Stevens, Wichita – WD
Peter Kyo Won Koo, Tucson – WD

 

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