Parkville's Dave Cunningham took third place with a two over par 74 at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate in Overland Park, which played host to the State Line Amateur Tour.
Tennis: Welch Demolishes Vasto in "Battle of the Sexes"
A match said to be in the works for more than a year ended with little substance to justify the hype as Kendall Welch needed only 15 minutes to summarily dispatch Mark Vasto 6-0, (ret.) at the National on Thursday, June 7. (Cont'd after the break...)
Welch, an alderman for Parkville's Ward 3 and resident at the National, displayed a consistent, button-downed baseline style of play that her opponent had no answer for. Vasto, publisher in exile of the Parkville Luminary newspaper, displayed tantalizing, multi-second flashes of maybe-once-was-goodness but it was not enough to stop the merciless and efficient beating administered by Welch.
Vasto, who had endorsed Welch's opponent in her alderman race, was on the receiving end of a choice comment from Welch on her Facebook page after she won a close victory. In response, Vasto suggested the two play an exhibition tennis match -- a match which never came to fruition.
All of that changed on Tuesday morning, when Vasto and Welch met by chance at the Parkville Coffeehouse in Downtown Parkville. There he accused her of "ducking" him. Welch texted Vasto a place and time to meet her to play mere minutes after the encounter.
"Bring your 'A' game," she warned.
In blustery, Bobby Riggs-like comments to a friend of Welch's (but not Welch herself) Vasto predicted impending doom -- for Welch.
"I will turn that court into an inescapable cocoon of horror and heartrending despair for Mrs. Welch," Vasto said. "My racket will resemble great Odin's hammer and it will rain destruction while bringing continual ruin to everything that Mrs. Welch once held dear."
After the match -- which lasted slightly longer than the lifespan of a mayfly -- Welch appeared to refrain from laughing outright and graciously said it was clear that Vasto "had to shake off some cobwebs." She did, however, poke fun at his tennis bag -- a Bentley Guitar Studio's guitar case which housed several antique rackets, including a Wilson T-2000 made famous by Jimmy Connors.
Short of breath and seemingly in danger of massive heatstroke, Vasto limply offered that he couldn't find his "other, really cool tennis bag" before the match and suggested a rematch before he was unable to see past the dots which were rapidly filling his eyes.
Welch, who plays regular competitive singles and doubles matches for the National, seemed to keep the door open for the idea.
"Om...yeah...sure...call me," she said politely before energetically bounding off the court.
Vasto, in between knee-clutching dry heaves, nodded and gave a two-finger wave.