TGA match play tournament reaches quarterfinals

Mac McFarland hits a shot from the bunker during his round of the Topeka Golf Association's match play tournament.

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Area golfers continued the Topeka Golf Association match play tournament on Friday at Shawnee Golf Club.

The top three seeds all advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal round but former Washburn basketball player Brady Sisk, the tournament’s No. 20 seed, knocked off four-seed Matt Carson 2 and 1.

“I’m having a blast out here,” Sisk said. “I wanted to come out here and have some fun, compete again and see where I stood.”

Sisk, who was also an all-state basketball player at Washburn Rural High School, recorded back-to-back upsets to begin the tournament.

“It’s kind of a measuring stick for my game right now,” Sisk said. “I know a lot of guys in (the tournament) and they talked me into playing and I’m pretty excited that I won both of my matches so far.”

The final eight competitors will play two rounds on Saturday. Top-seed Brian Walker faces No. 9 seed Ronnie McHenry while Sisk will meet this year’s TGA stroke play champion Mac McFarland.

“I’m playing about as good as I can right now so we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” Sisk said. “I have a tough opponent tomorrow so I’m just going to go out and have some fun and let the cards fall where they may.”

Other quarterfinal matches include No. 15 seed Zach Hillmer against No. 7 seed Max Halley and former TGA match play champion Chris McGown (No. 3 seed) will face No. 6 seed Tavin Dugan.

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