ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA rising junior Tanner Gore is among a talented field of golfers competing at the prestigious 114th Trans-Miss Amateur Championship next week in Hutchinson, Kan.
Scheduled for July 10-13, the Trans-Miss Amateur will be played at Prairie Dunes Country Club, labled one of the country's best inland golf courses. The par 70 links-style course is setup for a deceptively long 6,940 yards.
The format of the Trans-Miss Championship calls for 72 holes of stroke play. The 144-player field will be cut to the low 54 scores (including ties) following Wednesday's second round. The final 36 holes will be played in succession on the final day of the tournament, mirroring most collegiate championship formats.
Gore is scheduled to open the tournament Tuesday off the 10th tee and is paired with Yuxin Lin of Beijing, China and University of West Florida rising junior Jacob Huizinga of Orlando, Fla. On Wednesday, Gore will start on hole No. 1 and is paired with a pair of former college standouts in Derek Bard of New Hartford, N.Y. (University of Virginia) and James Anstiss of Hammond, La. (Southeastern La.).
A native of El Paso, Gore was a second-team all-Sun Belt Conference selection following his top 15 finish at the league championships last spring. He led the team in scoring average and posted a season-best fourth place finish at the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate.
Landlocked near the exact center of the continental U.S. might be the last place in the world one would expect to find a links-style course. With its sandy soil, constant wind, rolling hills covered in native grasses and intricate green complexes, however, Prairie Dunes plays much like those famous seaside links in East Lothian. Perry Maxwell, one of the fathers of American golf course architecture, designed all 18 holes 1937. On the heels of the Great Depression, the course owners elected only to build half of the holes at the time. For the next 20 years, Prairie Dunes was regarded as the best nine-hole course in America. In 1957, five years after Maxwell's death, his son J. Press Maxwell completed the Prairie Dunes project with the construction of the final nine holes.
Prairie Dunes has a rich history of hosting elite championships, especially the amateur variety. This summer will mark the sixth Trans-Miss Amateur Championship held at the prestigious club, which also welcomed the tournament in 1958, '73, '87, '96 and 2005. The NCAA Men's Championship was played there in 2014, as were the 2006 U.S. Senior Open, 2002 U.S. Women's Open, 1995 U.S. Senior Amateur and 1988 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Prairie Dunes has hosted the U.S. Women's Amateur three times - 1964, '80 and '91 - as well as the 1986 Curtis Cup.
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