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KCGA Welcomes USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern

Categories: Headlines, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: February 28, 2013 | No Comments »


Lauren Pettoruto from Windham, New Hampshire, comes to the Kansas City Golf Association with a background in communications and media. She graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications where she played on both the Valient field hockey and softball teams. Her interest in golf administration led her to the USGA P.J. Boatwright Internship and she looks forward to this opportunity working with the KCGA.

“We are excited to have Lauren working with the KCGA this year. We feel that her strengths will add to the team and make 2013 a great season.” -Doug Habel

StateLine Amateur Tour Sees Frosty Start, Bright Finish

Categories: Headlines, StateLine Amateur Tour, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: April 9, 2014 | No Comments »
Senior division member Don Kuehn

Senior division member Don Kuehn prepares to tee-off at the first StateLine Amateur Tour event of the season at Sycamore Ridge Golf Course.

Despite beginning the day with a frost delay, the StateLine Amateur Tour got off to a sunny start Wednesday at Sycamore Ridge Golf Course.

The start of the 2014 StateLine Tour experienced a one-hour and five-minute delay, but finally saw 69 golfers tee-off and begin their tour seasons. The competition field saw five divisions compete including the men’s players, open, senior and legends groups, as well as the women’s division.

Michael Greene, Overland Park, Kan., captured the men’s open division. Greene shot 1-under, 71, including a 85-foot par saver on hole 9 after being forced to play an unplayable-lie from the trees. The 18th proved to pay off for Greene, as he recorded his final birdie, one of three on the day, which secured his open player’s title.

Finishing behind Greene was John Lovell, Lee’s Summit, Mo., with a 74, and then a tie for third place by Mark Terranova, Overland Park, Kan., and Derek Nicholson, Kansas City, Mo., with a 76 a piece.

The senior division title went to Charlie Schorgl, Leawood, Kan., who put together a 2-over, 74. Schorgl birdied holes 2 and 4 en-route to his senior-title.

Steve Groom, Raytown, Mo., finished in second place for the seniors with a 75, while another tie occurred between Don Kuehn, Kansas City, Mo., and Greg Loteckie, Raymore, Mo., who both shot 76.

A 5-over, 77 from Audrey Judd, Olathe, Kan., captured the women’s division while Grant Renne, Prairie Village, Kan., claimed his stakes of the legends division with a 4-over, 76.

Ron Brewer, Leadwood, Kan., shot a 77 as the legends’ runner-up, while Pat Goeke, Paola, Kan., recorded a 78 for third place.

The players division ended with a tie-for-first between Jamie Lyndes, Kansas City, Mo., and Greg Hillman, Kearney, Mo., with a round-score of 78. Finally, Jim Thompson, finished in third place for the players with a 79.

The KCGA’s next StateLine Tour event is April 23 at Staley Farms Golf Club.

To the view the full list of StateLine Amateur Tour events visit the schedule here.

Frost Delay at Sycamore

Categories: Headlines, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: April 9, 2014 | No Comments »

Starting times are delayed at 1 hour 5 minutes for today’s Stateline Amateur event at Sycamore Ridge. The first group will start at 8:35am.

Rules..Rules..and More Rules……

Categories: Community News, Headlines, Rules, Spotlight | Posted: March 31, 2014 | No Comments »

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Yes, the Rules of Golf can be fun.  The Referee likes to spend evenings perusing through the Decisions on the Rules of Golf for the strange, interesting and sometimes funny facts.

Here’s the latest I like to refer to as:

Things just keep getting better …

Decision 13-2/0.5

Meaning of “Improve” in Rule 13-2

Q.Rule 13-2 prohibits a player from improving certain areas. What does “improve” mean?


In the context of Rule 13-2, “improve” means to change for the better so that the player gains a potential advantage with respect to the position or lie of his ball, the area of his intended stance or swing, his line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole, or the area in which he is to drop or place a ball. Therefore, merely changing an area protected by Rule 13-2 will not be a breach of Rule 13-2 unless it creates such a potential advantage for the player in his play.

Examples of changes that are unlikely to create such a potential advantage are if a player:

· repairs a small pitch-mark on his line of play five yards in front of his ball prior to making a 150-yard approach shot from through the green;

· accidentally knocks down several leaves from a tree in his area of intended swing with a practice swing, but there are still so many leaves or branches remaining that the area of intended swing has not been materially affected; or

· whose ball lies in thick rough 180 yards from the green, walks forward and pulls strands of grass on his line of play and tosses them in the air to determine the direction of the wind.

Examples of changes that are likely to create such a potential advantage are if a player:

· repairs a pitch-mark through the green five yards in front of his ball and on his line of play prior to making a stroke from off the putting green that might be affected by the pitch-mark (e.g., a putt or a low-running shot);

· accidentally knocks down a single leaf from a tree in his area of intended swing with a practice swing, but, as this was one of very few leaves that might either interfere with his swing or fall and thereby distract him, the area of intended swing has been materially affected; or

· pulls strands of grass from rough a few inches behind his ball to test the wind, but thereby reduces a potential distraction for the player, or resistance to his club, in the area of his intended swing.

The determination as to whether a player has gained a potential advantage from his actions is made by reference to the situation immediately prior to his stroke. If there is a reasonable possibility that the player’s action has created a potential advantage, the player is in breach of Rule 13-2.

2014 Stateline High School Previews

Categories: Headlines, Junior Golf, Top Story | Posted: March 27, 2014 | No Comments »

The state line between Missouri and Kansas is once again surrounded by both talent and highly competitive high school squads.

Last year’s state competitions crowned multiple area programs with either state titles or top-10 finishes. Blue Valley West captured the highest honors, earning a Kansas 6A state title.

In all, five Missouri squads in the Kansas City area placed in the top-10, while 10 local Kansas programs claimed spots in the state’s top-10 standings at the state level.

This season sees the return of numerous Missouri and Kansas state-qualifiers and medalists to local programs. Headlining the group is 6A state champion Andrew Beckler, a junior, of Topeka-Washburn Rural, who posted a round of 71 at the state meet a year ago.

Close behind Beckler was Blue Valley West’s junior James Henderson. A round of 73 earned Henderson a three-way tie for fifth place.

Missouri saw its share of local talent take the stage at the state championships, led by Kearney senior Adam Lechner who shot a two day score of 149, good enough for a share of sixth place at the Class 4 level. Lechner is also a Kansas State golf commit.

Barstow made a strong showing at the state level, placing third as a team in Class 3. Junior Alec Adkins, who finished in a tie for 14th place, leads a high school squad which has two top-five finishes at state in as many seasons. Barstow made it clear that a state title is the team’s ultimate goal heading into this spring.

While the state competitions are months away, many of the area programs and power houses share a common challenge. Inexperience and line-up uncertainty top the lists of the many hurdles local coaches must clear prior to focusing on state championships. However, once coaches and programs can slip past the early season challenges, the state competitions arrive at a blistering speed.

Missouri hosts its state championships May 19-20. Class 4 travels to Dalhousie Golf Course in Cape Girardeau. The Class 3 title runs through Freemont Hills and the Freemont Hills Country Club, while Class 2 heads south to Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar.

The area 6A Kansas schools travel to Topeka Country Club, while Wichita Country Club hosts the 5A state championship. The Kansas state competitions are May 27.

To view the complete Missouri high school preview click here.

The Kansas high school preview is found here.

KC Cup Field is Primed and Ready

Categories: Headlines, Men's Golf, Top Story, Women's Golf | Posted: March 27, 2014 | No Comments »

The metro’s largest golf competition kicked off yesterday with the 2014 KC Cup Captains meeting at Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club. Both the men’s and women’s divisions were picked yesterday as well as tournament information on format changes for the 2014 year.

The men’s defending champions Shoal Creek Golf Club look to defend their title in 2014 but they have a tough division to get past with Lawrence Country Club, Tiffany Greens Golf Club, and The Nicklaus Club at Lionsgate.

On the Women’s side defending champions The Deuce Golf Club look to come out strong in the 2014 season. They are competing in division 6 against Staley Farms Golf Club, Overland Park Golf Course, and Brookridge Golf & Fitness.

Both the men’s and women’s captains began setting match play dates with the teams in their divisions. The first round of matches should be completed by early May with the final divisional match in late August. The playoffs will start August 26 and will finish up with the finals being on September 23 and 24.

The competition is going to be tough this year in both the men’s and women’s division of the KC Cup. Beginning now ten matches separates the field from kissing the prestigious KC Cup

To following the action live throughout the season make sure to follow the KCGA on twitter at @thekcga or look for the hashtag #kccup.

For complete information on divisions and results visit the KCGA KC Cup web page by clicking here.

2014 Season Preview Released

Categories: Community News, Headlines, Junior Golf, Men's Golf, Top Story, Women's Golf | Posted: March 11, 2014 | No Comments »

Click the link below to see our 2014 Season Preview.

First Ever Heart of America Four Ball Champion Passes Away

Categories: Headlines | Posted: March 11, 2014 | No Comments »

Ken Lanning, longtime Missouri golf legend, passed away in Mexico, MO last week.  Ken Lanning had strong ties to golf in Kansas City and was a three time champion of the Heart of America Four-Ball Championship.  Lanning paired with Don Carter to win the inaugural Heart of America Four-Ball Championship in 1961.  He then won again with partner Rodney Horn in 1963 and won nearly a decade later with yet another partner in Bruce Hollowell.

Lanning’s obituary appeared in the Rolla newspaper and can be found here:


Rules Rules Rules…I Just Saw It…

Categories: Rules, Spotlight | Posted: March 11, 2014 | No Comments »

rulebookYes, the Rules of Golf can be fun.  The Referee likes to spend evenings perusing through the Decisions on the Rules of Golf for the strange, interesting and sometimes funny facts.

Here’s the latest I like to refer to as:

I only did it once, I swear…


Decision 13-4/9

Player Creates and Smoothes Footprints in Bunker Prior to Making Stroke

Q. A player’s ball lies in a bunker and a rake has been left in another part of the bunker. Prior to making his stroke in the bunker, the player retrieves the rake. Having lifted the rake, the player smoothes the footprints that he has just created, and some others in the process. What is the ruling?


There is no penalty provided the smoothing was done for the sole purpose of caring for the course and nothing was done to breach Rule 13-2 in relation to the player’s next stroke (see Exception 2 to Rule 13-4).

If, however, a player is regularly creating and smoothing footprints close to his ball prior to making strokes from bunkers, it would be appropriate to question the player about the purpose of the smoothing. In such circumstances, the smoothing might be for the purpose of gaining knowledge of the condition of the bunker rather than being for the sole purpose of caring for the course. If so, the player would be in breach of Rule 13-4a for testing the condition of the hazard.

New Champions Tour Event to Affect Watson Challenge Dates

Categories: Headlines, Men's Golf, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: February 27, 2014 | No Comments »


RIDGEDALE, Mo. – The 2014 Watson Challenge has been pushed back one week by one of the most unique events the PGA Tour has ever produced.  After a seven-year collaboration between one of the nation’s most passionate conservationists, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, and three of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport has resulted in the creation of a spectacular new golf course that will now host one of golf’s most quirky events.

The Champions Tour’s newly-named Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops, a two-man team competition conducted over 54 holes, will be played June 2-8, 2014 on the resort’s Par-3 Top of the Rock course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and the 18-hole Buffalo Ridge Course (formally Branson Creek GC), freshly redesigned by Tom Fazio. The tournament, which debuted in 1978, was held in Savannah, Ga., the past 11 years. This will be the first PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to use a par-3 course in official competition.

“At Big Cedar Lodge you have all the elements to make the Legends of Golf a unique tournament and to show fans that golf, even for professionals at the highest level, doesn’t have to be played on long, 18-hole courses,” Watson said. “I’m proud to have lent a hand in the creation of such a special place and am enthusiastic about Top of the Rock and hope this innovative approach will inspire new golfers, who have limited time on their hands, to take up the game.

Watson’s passion for making the game more accessible, coupled with the event’s proximity to Kansas City, made this an event he felt he must support.  “I could not be happier that this event will be in Missouri and will showcase a time friendly format,” Watson continued.  “I am very glad that the team at Loch Lloyd has been able to accommodate this late change.  Families and kids barely have time to consider golf, but a nine-hole par-3 course is a perfect option to get started in the game and that is why I am supporting this event in Branson.”

The Watson Challenge will fall to the new dates of June 13-15th which is one week later than previously scheduled.  This year’s event will be held on the Loch Lloyd, a Tom Watson Signature Designed Facility.   

USGA Announces Local Qualifying Sites For 2014 U.S. Open Championship

Categories: Headlines, Men's Golf, Top Story | Posted: February 26, 2014 | No Comments »

FAR HILLS, N.J. – Representing the start of an exciting and dramatic process in which thousands of golfers from around the world will pursue the title of America’s national champion, the United States Golf Association today announced local qualifying sites for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship. The U.S. Open will be contested at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in Village of Pinehurst, N.C., on June 12-15. Local qualifying, conducted over 18 holes at 111 sites in 42 states, will take place between May 2-19.

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