Beckler rallies to win The Railer

Mark Schnabel
mschnabel@thekansan.com
Andrew Beckler of Topeka shot a three-round total of 215 to claim the title of The Railer, the Kansas Men's Amateur Stroke Play Championships, at Sand Creek Station. The Washburn University senior won for the second straight year.

Down four strokes entering the final round of The Railer, The Kansas Men’s Amateur Stroke Play Championships, Andrew Beckler of Topeka was able to charge back under difficult conditions to claim a three-stroke victory Sunday at Sand Creek Station.

Beckler shot a 75 in his final round for a one-under par 215 total.

Beckler was the sole competitor to finish under par.

“I just kept it in play,” Beckler said. “That was the key today. I just had to stay patient. Everybody was going to struggle out there. I knew I was going to make some bogeys. I just had to keep it in play.”

The leader after the first two rounds — Pete Krsnich of Wichita — shot an 82 in his final round to finish at 218, tied with Cooper Schultz of Wichita and Nick Kagy of Overland Park. Joseph Lemieux of Newalla, Okla., and Brock Polhill of Edmond, Okla., each tied for fifth at 219.

There were 111 competitors in the open division.

The tournament featured high winds in all three rounds. Winds in Sunday’s play topped 30 mph.

“I grew up playing in the wind,” Beckler said. “I grew up playing here. I went to K-State and played at Colbert Hills. It’s always windy at Colbert Hills and that’s an advantage. I had the right mindset coming in. I knew it was going to be windy and it was going to be tough.”

Beckler was a co-champion last year in a weather-shortened tournament.

Beckler will be a sixth-year senior at Washburn University, granted a hardship year of eligibility because of the season shortened by COVID-19. He was a 2013 Class 6A individual state champion from Washburn Rural High School.

He was a Big 12 medalist as a freshman. He was an All-Mid-America Athletic Association selection as a junior. He led the team with a 71.88 stroke average as a senior, before the season was canceled.

He’s had few competitive rounds since March.

“It’s different,” Beckler said. “I’ve stayed pretty competitive in practice with myself and my friends. It’s different coming in here and making a putt that matters to win a tournament.”

His next major competition will be the Kansas Amateur, set for July 21 to 26 at Colbert Hills.

“You just have to be confident in your game,” Beckler said. “You have to trust yourself and trust your swing.”

In the senior division, Tim McKinnis of Lyons shot the low round of the day at 72, moving into a tie for the lead with Sean Thayer of Garden City at 219. McKinnis won the first playoff hole.

It was the first title for McKinnis.

Two-time champion Tracy Chamberlin of Wichita was one stroke back at 220. Two-time champion Steve Newman of Wichita and 2018 champ Don Kuehn of Kansas City, Mo., tied for fourth at 224.

The Railer

Kansas Men’s AmateurStroke Play Championship

Sand Creek Station

Newton

Par 72

Open Division

1. Beckler, Andrew, Topeka 71-69-75—215

T2. Schultz, Cooper, Wichita 73-72-73—218

T2. Kagy, Nick, Overland Park 70-72-76—218

T2. Krsnich, Pete, Wichita 66-70-82—218

T5. Lemieux, Joseph, Newalla, Okla. 73-73-73—219

T5. Polhill, Brock, Edmond, Okla. 71-74-74—219

7. Mason, Nicklaus, Shawnee 68-73-79—220

T8. Sokolosky, Zach, Wichita 77-72-76—225

T8. Bell, Jeff, Wichita 73-69-83—225

T10. Soyez, Elliot, Wichita 77-72-77—226

T10. Strathe, Jared, Owasso, Okla. 75-73-78—226

T12. Allen, Garret, Overland Park 74-78-75—227

T12. Fehr, Brian, Manhattan 77-73-77—227

T12. Harding, Will, Prairie Village 80-73-74—227

T15. Helin, Jared, Manhattan 71-80-77—228

T15. Scheve, Gentry, Emporia 76-72-80—228

T15. Bay, Jake, Shattuck, Okla. 74-73-81—228

T15. Audrain, Sion, Garden City 73-74-81—228

T15. Bender, Ryan, Overland Park 74-72-82—228

T15. Percy, Matt, Ottawa 75-77-76—228

T15. Specht, Trenton, Garden City 72-71-85—228

T22. Sparks, Hunter, Oklahoma City 75-76-78—229

T22. Saffell, Blake, Wellington 73-72-84—229

T22. Courington, Jack, Wichita 72-72-85—229

T22. Glenn, Jack, Stillwater, Okla. 77-75-77—229

T22. Gardner, John, Overland Park 78-74-77—229

T27. Kimmel, Caleb, Olathe 82-74-74—230

T27. Likes, Jackson, Olathe 83-71-76—230

T27. Wilson, Connor, Edmond, Okla. 74-71-85—230

T30. Wallace, Grayson, Guymon, Okla. 72-78-81—231

T30. Lane, Bradley, Lawrence 78-74-79—231

T32. Kasitz, Kyle, Wichita 75-76-81—232

T32. Simons, Tony, Overland Park 79-78-75—232

T32. Lazzo, Matt, Wichita 74-75-83—232

T35. Winslow, Michael, Overland Park 73-77-83—233

T35. Frazzini, Ben, Medina 81-75-77—233

T35. Heinen, Alec, Wichita 72-74-87—233

T35. Fox, Landon, Winfield 76-77-80—233

T35. Powers, Said, Edmond, Okla. 79-73-81—233

T40. Herrenbruck, Grant, Salina 73-78-83—234

T40. Holtzman, Noah, Wichita 73-82-79—234

T40. Bobert, Jordan, Moundridge 74-78-82—234

T43. Lee, Jack, Overland Park 76-76-83—235

T43. Hill, James, Andover 75-76-84—235

T43. Shaw, Kameron, Salina 76-74-85—235

T43. Scheufler, Lucas, Wellington 81-74-80—235

T47. Frederickson, Giles, Overbrook 78-82-76—236

T47. Rose, Parker, Stigler, Okla. 74-83-79—236

T47. Ulrich, Park, Overland Park 76-80-80—236

T50. Vautravers, Randall, Andover 81-79-77—237

T50. King, Andrew, Junction City 73-81-83—237

52. Gilliland, Caleb, Salina 78-79-81—238

T53. Baker, Jack, Wichita 79-80-80—239

T53. Heusel, Zane, Edmond, Okla. 75-84-80—239

T53. Brenneman, Grant, Hesston 76-81-82—239

T53. Austin, Peyton, Derby 74-82-83—239

T53. Gritton, Cole, Manhattan 77-79-83—239

T58. Smith, Davan, Dodge City 83-76-81—240

T58. Williams, Josh, Lawrence 76-73-91—240

T60. Rader, Jackson, Marysville 78-79-84—241

T60. Durst, Logan, Garden City 80-75-86—241

62. Trebilcock, Ian, Wichita 76-81-85—242

T63. Graf, Jonathan, Wichita 75-87-81—243

T63. Reintjes, Brent, Wichita 81-87-75—243

T63. Beaubien, Chris, Kansas City, Mo. 87-80-76—243

T63. Frazzini, Bobby, Medina, Minn. 71-83-89—243

T67. Kasitz, Adam, Wichita 78-80-86—244

T67. Trudo, Tyler, Wichita 73-83-88—244

T69. Goodrum, Austin, Andover 84-81-80—245

T69. Gillund, Austin, Clinton, Mo. 78-83-84—245

T69. Schmid, Caleb, Emporia 80-80-85—245

T69. Adkins, Ty, Hutchinson 74-85-86—245

T73. Gihring, Travis, Newton 81-82-83—246

T73. Vanlandingham, Caden, Wichita 79-82-85—246

T73. McCrae, Tradgon, Plainville 79-80-87—246

T73. Stone, Trey, Pleasant Hill, Mo. 82-85-79—246

T77. Neal, Patrick, Olathe 76-89-82—247

T77. Unruh, Colby, Overland Park 88-74-85—247

T77. Beck, Hayden, Topeka 81-80-86—247

T77. Radley, Stephen, Wichita 83-78-86—247

T77. Gibson, Zach, Andover 79-81-87—247

T82. Zinn, Otto, Mission Hills 78-84-86—248

T82. Sawyer, Drake, Wichita 82-80-86—248

T82. Bessenbacher, Michael, Overland Park 80-87-81—248

T82. Dillon, Calvin, Louisburg 83-76-89—248

T82. Hanrahan, Connor, Overland Park 80-85-83—248

T87. Eickman, Joe, Wichita 81-80-88—249

T87. Langstraat, Joey, Basehor 81-84-84—249

89. Prentice, Kade, Overland Park 83-78-89—250

90. Norris, Josh, Hays 78-88-85—251

91. Ward, Cooper, Wichita 79-79-94—252

92. Porter, Blake, Topeka 81-84-89—254

93. Ruckman, Case, Albany, Mo. 82-93-80—255

94. Jenkins, Mike, Lake Lotawana, Mo. 83-82-91—256

T95. Schurle, Cody, Manhattan 88-90-79—257

T95. Streck, Cole, Great Bend 84-85-88—257

T95. Saporito, Nate, Stilwell 87-80-90—257

98. Krannawitter, Jason, Hays 91-85-82—258

99. Schrock, Jr., Matthew, Wichita 91-85-83—259

100. Mowry, Matthew, Cimarron 85-85-91—261

101. Eickman, David, Kansas City, Mo. 89-81-92—262

T102. Pauls, Tanner, Newton 83-89-92—264

T102. Hedges, Will, Lawrence 83-88-93—264

104. Jenkins, Kobe, Leawood 82-89-95—266

105. Sinks, Michael, Overland Park 84-90-93—267

106. Powell, Wyatt, Basehor 95-85-89—269

107. Piles, Mac, Topela 92-86-92—270

108. Day, Dustin, Manhattan 93-92-94—279

109. Snowden, Grant, Manhattan 95-91-104—290

WD. Gantz, William, Perry 81-WD-injury

WD. Laughlin, Hunter, Mangum, Okla. WD

NS. Reinke, Nick, Wichita NS-93-NS—NS

Senior Division

x-won playoff

1. McKinnis, Tim, Lyons 74-73-72—219-x

2. Thayer, Sean, Garden City 75-71-73—219

3. Chamberlin, Tracy, Wichita 73-73-74—220

T4. Newman, Steve, Wichita 69-77-78—224

T4. Kuehn, Don City, Mo. 74-73-77—224

T6. Holloway, Michael, Wichita 72-76-77—225

T6. Goode, Greg, Salina 73-77-75—225

T6. Jolliffe, Mark, Wichita 70-75-80—225

9. Holden, Darrel, Shawnee 74-77-80—231

10. Kaup, Doug, Phillipsburg 77-81-74—232

T11. Casamento, Michael, Andover 77-77-79—233

T11. Vautravers, Randy, Andover 75-77-81—233

T13. Richey, Scott City, Missouri 74-74-86—234

T13. Bezek, Bob, Ottawa 74-80-80—234

T15. Neal, Darrin, Olathe 75-82-78—235

T15. Randall, Steve, Lawrence 81-79-75—235

17. Nielsen, Tom, Edmond, Okla. 81-80-75—236

18. Hermann, Mike, Wichita 76-83-78—237

19. Hartmann, Bob, Andover 74-80-86—240

T20. Bailey, John, Nashville 81-83-79—243

T20. Bahner, Brent, Wichita 78-80-85—243

22. Bowden, Gene, Wichita 83-79-88—250

T23. Rumler, Bret, Lyons 86-86-79—251

T23. Gates, James, Lake Winnebago, Mo. 82-82-87—251

T23. Linville, Dale, Mulvane 86-82-83—251

T23. Gibson, Michael, Andover 90-79-82—251

T27. Foreman, Patrick, La Cygne 85-82-85—252

T27. Bonewell, Todd, Mulvane 87-83-82—252

29. Porter, Barry, Belleville 77-86-94—257

30. Corning, Curtis, Valley Center 88-84-87—259

WD. Swanson, Brad, Winfield WD-96--WD—WD

Mike Jenkins of Lake Lotawana, Mo., takes a putt during final round play Sunday at The Railer, the Kansas Stroke Play Championships.