Champ claims Trans-Miss at Prairie Dunes, four Oklahomans in top 15

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The way Cameron Champ was playing, the only thing that could stop him was a thunderstorm.

That’s what happened Thursday on the final day of the 114th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship. Severe weather with lightning and thunderstorms washed out the final round. Champ, a 22-year-old Texas A&M senior, won the championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club with a 54-hole score of 9-under-par 201. The Sacramento, Calif., native won by four shots over Stoney Crouch from Mount Juliet, Tenn., and Collin Morikawa from La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.

After completion of the third round Thursday morning, play during the final round was suspended at 3:56 p.m. for a dangerous situation. Lightning and thunderstorms were barreling down on Prairie Dunes. Champ, who led the prestigious championship by one shot after 36 holes, stretched his lead to four on Thursday with five birdies and an eagle on his way to a 4-under 66 in the third round. Before play was suspended, his game was on cruise control. He had birdied four of his first six holes in the now-negated fourth round.

And now he’s a Trans-Miss Amateur champion, joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus (1958, ’59), Ben Crenshaw (1972), Deane Beaman (1960), Bryson DeChambeau (2013) and Charlie Coe (1947, ’49, ’52, ’56)

Hayden Wood of Edmond finished tied for 10th after a round of 71 Thursday morning. Austin Eckroat of Edmond closed with a 69 and was tied for 14th, along with Cody Burrows of Chickasha and Draegen Majors of Tulsa. Majors closed with a 65.



LOW MID-AM: Stewart Hagestad from Newport Beach, Calif., was the championship’s Low Mid-Amateur. With rounds of 74-70-67, he finished at 1-over 211 and tied for 10th place overall.

Playing in his first Trans-Miss Amateur, Hagestad is the reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champ. He also finished as the Low Amateur at the 2017 Masters. Out of a total of 15 mid-amateurs in the starting field, Majors was only other mid-am to survive the 36-hole. Majors finished tied for 14th place with rounds of 76-71-65.

FINAL PD NUMBERS: When all was said and done, the par-70 Prairie Dunes played to a stroke average of 73.94. The 477-yard, par-4 fifth hole was the most difficult hole all week. It played more than a half-stroke over par at 4.62. Eighteen of the week’s 20 total eagles came on the 512-yard, par-5 seventh hole, which plays downwind.

 STAYING POWER: There have only been three head professionals in Prairie Dune’s illustrious 81-year history. They are:

  • Russ Wilson, 1936-1971
  • Charles Craig, 1971-2002
  • John Lanham, 2002-present

NICKLAUS-PALMER CHALLENGE: In the summer of 1962, Prairie Dunes invited Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to play an exhibition match in front of the membership. As the story goes, the members passed the hat and pooled $10,000 to offer as a challenge to them.

All they had to do was shoot even-par for 18 holes. Easy enough for the two greatest golfers of that era, right?

Not so fast.

Nicklaus was 1-under through eight holes with the par-4 ninth jumped up and bit him. He pulled his drive into the left heather grass and needed several swipes to recover. He took a quadruple-bogey 8 and finished a 77.

Palmer, meanwhile, stood on the 18th tee at even-par. A birdie on the closing hole meant he’d take home the money. With the wind at his back and in quintessential Palmer style, he tried to drive the green. His ball ended up tangled in tall grass right of the fairway. He took four shots from there reach the green and one-putted for his 6.

As the scorecard of the match in the Prairie Dunes clubhouse’s Grille Room shows, the golf course won again.


114th Trans-Miss Amateur Championship

Prairie Dunes Country Club

Hutchinson, Kan.

July 13, 2017


Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif. – 70-65-66–201

Stoney Crouch, Mt. Juliet , Tenn. – 67-69-69–205

Collin Morikawa, La Canada, CA – 70-68-67–205

Chandler Phillips, Huntsville, Texas – 69-73-64–206

Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla. – 72-70-66–208

Franklin Huang, Poway, Calif. – 71-65-72–208

Spencer Soosman, Westlake Village, CA – 70-71-69–210

Matthew Perrine, Austin, Texas – 72-72-66–210

Isaiah Salinda, S. San Francisco, CA – 72-71-67–210

Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla. – 70-70-71–211

Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas – 73-70-68–211

Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, CA – 74-70-67–211

Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas – 74-71-66–211

Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. – 75-68-69–212

Douglas Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. – 77-66-69–212

Benjamin Shipp, Duluth, Ga. – 75-70-67–212

Garrick Higgo, Stellenbosch, WC – 75-69-68–212

Draegen Majors, Tulsa, Okla. – 76-71-65–212

Cody Burrows, Chickasha, Okla. – 74-68-70–212

Ruben Sondjaja, Ames, Iowa – 72-69-71–212

Jeff Swegle, West Des Moines, Iowa – 70-72-71–213

Matt Hutchins, Naples, Fla. – 76-66-71–213

Brandon Wu, Scarsdale, N.Y. – 73-70-71–214

Brandon Bauman, Las Vegas, Nev. – 73-70-71–214

Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas – 73-70-71–214

Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. – 72-73-69–214

Jamie Cheatham, Rancho Santa Fe, CA – 70-71-73–214

Daniel Sutton, Sutton Coldfield, WMD – 69-73-73–215

Hunter Richardson, Clarksville, Tenn. – 67-75-73–215

Austin Squires, Union, Ky. – 75-72-68–215

Yechun (Carl) Yuan, Lake Mary, Fla. – 75-70-70–215

Matthew Walker, Ottumwa, Iowa – 68-74-73–215

Stratton Nolen, Austin, Texas – 75-70-70–215

Daniel Wetterich, Cincinnati, Ohio – 77-69-70–216

Luis Gagne, Orlando, Fla. – 75-69-72–216

Jake Fendt, Suwanee, Ga. – 74-70-72–216

Sulman Raza, Eugene, Ore. – 70-75-71–216

Sean Carlon, Albuquerque, N.M. – 74-71-71–216

Kyle Michel, Kialla, VIC – 75-72-69–216

Gray Townsend, Winston Salem, N.C. – 73-71-72–216

Kaiwen Liu, San Diego, Calif. – 74-71-72–217

Reese Ramsey, Austin, Texas – 71-75-71–217

Eric Ansett, Spokane, Wash. – 73-74-71–218

Lawren Rowe, Victoria, BC – 74-74-70–218

Daniel Gale, Castle Hill, NSW – 71-77-70–218

Daniel Connolly, San Francisco, Calif. – 77-71-70–218

Peter Kuest Jr, Fresno, Calif. – 73-74-71–218

Parker Coody, Plano, Texas – 73-75-70–218

Andrew Alligood, Saint Johns, Fla. – 75-73-71–219

Kiran Day, Perth, WAU – 72-72-75–219

Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, Neb. – 73-74-72–219

Jake Staiano, Cherry Hills Village, CO – 75-73-71–219

Chris Nido, Miami, Fla. – 74-70-75–219

Alex Springer, Olathe, Kan. – 72-76-71–219

Tanner Hughes, Livermore, Calif. – 71-77-71–219

Trevor Brown, Austin, Texas – 69-74-76–219

Blaine Hale, Dallas, Texas – 72-72-76–220

Denzel Ieremia, Ames, Iowa – 76-68-76–220

Wells Padgett, Wichita, Kan. – 75-73-73–221

Andy Spencer, Prairie Village, Kan. – 70-78-74–222

James Anstiss, Hammond, La. – 73-75-75–223

Dylan Perry, Aberdeen, NSW – 74-74-75–223

Ben Albin, Santa Fe, N.M. – 75-71-78–224

Garrett May, Hope, Ark. – 72-75-80–227

Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. – 74-74-WD


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