Lackey puts up tremendous fight against champ

By Steve Sell
July 21, 2016

GARDEN CITY — It would have qualified as one of the biggest upsets in Kansas Men’s State Amateur Golf history.

Unfortunately it didn’t happen despite an amazing round by McPherson’s Jacob Lackey.

The Bullpup senior was matched Thursday morning against defending champion and Oklahoma State golfer Sam Stevens. He put up a tremendous fight and gained a ton of experience for the future by taking Stevens to 16 holes before losing the match, 4 & 2.

Lackey played a tremendous front nine, yet found himself 3-down. He shot a 34, but Stevens burned it up with a 31, which included three birdies and no bogeys.

Lackey got the margin down to two with an eagle on No. 10. But Stevens won holes 13 and 14 before Lackey fired back by winning the 15th with a birdie. Stevens, though, closed the match out with a par on No. 16. Stevens wound up shooting 6-under for the 16 holes and did not have a single bogey, while Lackey was 1-under. He had three birdies and an eagle in  his round.