Kent State honors US Senior Amateur golf champion Dr. Doug Hanzel

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer

Kent State honored 2013 USGA Senior Amateur champion and 1979 graduate Dr. Doug Hanzel during a timeout late in the first half of Saturday's men's basketball game against Central Michigan.

Hanzell carried the US Senior Amateur Trophy onto the court as he was greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd of 2,528 at the M.A.C. Center.

"What a great celebration Saturday was for Doug," said KSU director of golf Herb Page. "He and his wife Nancy, who is a 1978 graduate, are obviously very loyal Kent State people. They sent their son and daughter up from Savannah to graduate from Kent State. So many of Doug's friends and former teammates, including Ned Weaver and Dan Muller, came back. His old roommate from Kent State came up. It was a whole weekend to celebrate. And it was nice for our current team to get to visit with Doug and see that trophy. This is one of the rewards of coaching people don't always get to see."

With the major championship victory he won at Wade Hampton Golf Club in North Carolina in September, Hanzell continued a stellar amateur career. Just two years ago he became the only player in USGA history to qualify and reach the match-play stages of the U.S. Men's Amateur, the U.S. Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur.

In both 2012 and 2013, Dr. Hanzel qualified to face the top professionals in the world at the United State Senior Open, making the cut both times and finishing as the low amateur.

While at Kent State, Hanzel was a member of the 1977 MAC championship team, and he was the captain of Page's first team in 1978-79.

Dr. Hanzel and his wife Nancy continue to be great supporters of Kent State University, and have made a generous gift to endow a golf scholarship in their name.

In two months, Dr. Hanzel will represent the United States team in the first Concession Cup, captained by Jack Nicklaus. The event is a Ryder Cup-style format pitting the best senior amateurs from the United States against a team from Great Britain and Ireland that will be captained by Tony Jacklin.

n Former Kent State star Ryan Yip earned his Asian Tour card by finishing in a tie for 13th at 7-under par (71-67-70-70) in the final tour qualifying tournament last weekend.

SOFTBALL

Kent State junior Kim Kirkpatrick was named Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week.

Kirkpatrick led the Flashes with nine hits, six runs scored, three doubles as they opened the season 4-1 in Cal.

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