It was a special day for Kayla and Ryan Eckelkamp at WingHaven Country Club as both advanced to their respective U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships in qualifying.
By the way, there is no relation between the two.
Kayla, a Washington native and Maryville University graduate, was attempting to qualifying for the USGA event. She would eek out the one qualifying spot by a shot with a 3-over 75 to get by Caroline Rouse.
The 2019 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be played at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Arizona. It will be held Sept. 14-19.
Eckelkamp qualified in 2018 to play at Norwood Hills Country Club so this marks her second time play in the Mid-Amateur Championship.
As Kayla was wrapping up her round, Ryan Eckelkamp just happened to be making the turn at WingHaven. The two were chatting about Kayla advancing, Ryan was pushing his own clubs on a push cart and away Kayla went to push his cart for the back 9.
Ryan would come in posting a 2-under par 70 and find himself in a three-way tie for the final 2 qualifying spots.
John Ehrgott, of Chicago, would earn medalist honors with a 3-under par 69 over the 7,084 yard WingHaven setup. Joining Eckelkamp at 2-under was Chris Kovach and Pat Britt.
Back to 18 the 3 would go for a playoff to decide the final 2 spots. Kovach, an Oakville High and Truman State graduate, would roll in a birdie putt to grab the second spot.
Eckelkamp and Britt moved down to the 10th hole to continue the playoff. Eckelkamp, with Kayla still alongside pushing his cart, would make a par while Britt bogey and earn a trip to the 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
The 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado. It will be held Sept. 14-19.