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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

The 2015 Stateline Season Kicks Off at Loch Lloyd

Categories: Headlines, Men's Golf, Results, Spotlight, StateLine Amateur Tour, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: April 13, 2015 | No Comments »

Beautiful Loch Lloyd Country Club hosted the first Stateline Amateur Tour event of the 2015 season today. A strong field of 96 players turned out to battle cool, windy conditions.

In the Senior division, Ed Walsworth fired a solid 76 to win. Walsworth made birdies at #5 and #12 and an eagle at #10. Kurt Lorenzen finished one shot off the pace with a 77. Charlie Schorgl rounded out the top 10 with a 78.

In the Legends division, Dave Harris, won with a 72. Harris, making his Legends Division debut, made three bogeys and two birdies. Mitch Bowen finished second with a 75 and Jim Lodes finished third with a 76. John Pawsat won the net competition with a net 69. Pat Goeke finished second with a net 71.

In the Open Division, John Lovell, playing on his home course, took the win with a 72. After a rough start, with a double bogey at #2, Lovell righted the ship and cruised to victory. Nate Steinwart shot 73 to take home second place.

In the Players Division, Chris Meyer took home first place with a 76, including three birdies. Simon Walley finished second with 79 and Jamie Lyndes finished third with 80. In the net competition, Christian Guild won with 74. Tony Khunnajchian finished second with net 75.

For complete results click here!

 

Infiniti of Kansas City New Title Sponsor

Categories: Headlines, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: April 3, 2015 | No Comments »

The Kansas City Golf Association has a new partner this season. Infiniti of Kansas City has been named the title sponsor of the KCGA’s 2015 season.

Local owners,Jennifer and Richard Webb invite all KCGA members to stop by the beautiful new dealership that is celebrating its second anniversary this summer.

Infiniti of Kansas City spent months designing the new building in Merriam, Kansas with all of the amenities of an upscale, modern dealership. Located near I-35 and 67th Street, the building is reminiscent of a modern art gallery offering car shoppers a sleek, modern showroom and setting the stage for the distinctive car buying experience.

KCGA is proud to have Infiniti of Kansas City as its Title Sponsor this year. Look for them to be featured throughout the season.

2015 KC Cup Fields are Set, Let the Games Begin!

Categories: Headlines, Men's Golf, Player Information, Spotlight, Top Story, Women's Golf | Posted: March 27, 2015 | No Comments »

The metro’s largest golf competition kicked off Wednesday with the 2015 KC Cup Men’s Captains meeting at Infiniti of Kansas City, and the Women’s meeting at Milburn Country Club.   Both the men’s and women’s divisions were drawn as well as tournament information on format changes for the 2015 year.

Infiniti of Kansas City were gracious hosts for the Men’s Captains meeting, and have partnered up with the Kansas City Golf Association to bring the area golfers the best tournament schedule and golf services the industry has to offer.  As the title sponsor of the Kansas City Golf Association, Infiniti of Kansas City brings a whole new dynamic level of support to the KCGA.

The men’s defending champions Wolf Creek Golf Club look to defend their title in 2015,  but they have a tough division to get past with The National Golf Club, Shamrock Hills, and Ironhorse Golf Club.

On the Women’s side defending champions Blue Hills Country Club look to come out strong in the 2015 season. They are competing in division 5 against Milburn Country Club, Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate, 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 8 and will finish up with the finals being on September 22 and 23.

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.

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KCGA Competitions Preview

Categories: Headlines, Junior Golf, Men's Golf, Rules & Competitions, Spotlight, Top Story, Uncategorized, Women's Golf | Posted: February 24, 2015 | No Comments »

As we begin our 103rd year of supporting amateur golf in the Kansas City Metro, the Kansas City Golf Association is pleased to announce the 2015 Competitions schedule is now available on our website at www.kansascitygolfer.org.  Tournament registrations will open on March 3rd, 2015 at 10:00am.  Please contact the KCGA office at (913) 649-5242 with any questions related to KCGA competitions.

Regional Championships

The 100th Kansas City Match Play Championship will be held at Swope Memorial Golf Course May 8th-10th.  The Kansas City Match Play is one of the longest running championships in the area and has a long list of notable champions, including Tom Watson in 1964 and 1967. Phil Bartimus is the defending champion.

The Kansas City Junior Championship is the premier junior tournament in the Kansas City area.  This year’s championship will be conducted at Prairie Highlands on June 2nd and 3rd, and the event will identify the best junior golfers, both boys and girls, in the region.  The boys’ champion will receive an exemption into the 2015 Watson Challenge, under residency requirements. The defending KC Junior champions are Eric Pahls and India Gaume.

The 9th Watson Challenge will be conducted at Mission Hills Country Club on June 12th,13th & 14th.  Last year’s champion, Robert Streb, is in 2nd place in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup points standings at the time of this writing and has been a PGA Tour winner at The McGladrey Classic in October 2014. The Watson Challenge offers the strongest field of amateur and professional golfers in the Kansas City area.  Proceeds from The Watson Challenge benefit The First Tee of Greater Kansas City.

The Prairie Invitational, formerly The Women’s Amateur of Kansas City, is the region’s top event for both amateurs and professionals.  The 2015 event will be played at Staley Farms Golf Club on June 30th and July 1st.  The event was renamed The Prairie Invitational in 2014 with the intent to identify the Best Female Golfer in the Midwest, whether amateur or professional.  Catherine Dolan was the first Prairie Invitational Open champion with a two-under-par 142 total.

The Kansas City Amateur Championship will be held at Shoal Creek Golf Course on July 17th through July 19th.  The Kansas City Amateur is a three-day, 54-hole stroke play event aimed to determine the best amateur player in the Kansas City area.  PGA Tour player Gary Woodland is among the list of notable champions. Zac Dittmer is the reigning KC Amateur Champion.

StateLine Amateur Tour

The StateLine Amateur Tour is a great opportunity for amateurs in the Kansas City regional golf community to compete on some of the best courses in the area in an atmosphere similar to inside the ropes at a big-time tour event or national amateur championship.  All events are one day, 18-hole competitions.  The StateLine Amateur Tour has eleven events on the schedule featuring different divisions of play.  This year’s tour schedule is highlighted by events at Loch Lloyd Country Club, Blue Hills Country Club, The Nicklaus Club at Lionsgate, and Lake Quivira Country Club.

Kansas City Junior Tour

The Kansas City Junior Tour provides opportunities for varying levels of junior golfers.  Two flights separate the Kansas City Junior Tour – the Prep division and the Players division. Junior golfers ages 9-12 may compete in the Prep division, which plays nine holes at each of the events.  Junior golfers ages 13 and older may participate in the Players division, which plays eighteen holes at each event.  The Players division is divided into flights for boys/girls ages 13-15 and boys/girls ages 16 and over and boys varsity.  This year’s Tour Championship will be at Shadow Glen Golf Club.

The KCGA hopes all golfers in the Kansas City Metro will consider competing in a KCGA-sponsored event and support The First Tee and golf in the Kansas City area by attending The Watson Challenge as a spectator.

2015 Kansas City Golf Show is Almost Here

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 16, 2015 | No Comments »

The Kansas City Golf Show is coming up soon! Don’t forget to bring the whole family down to Overland Park Convention Center February 6th – 8th. This year’s golf show is going to help golfers kick off the spring season with incredible savings, fun contests, a free driving range, free lessons and much more. Some of the 2015 Exhibits include: The Golfsmith Testing and Fitting Zone, The Lesson Zone, a Long Drive challenge, a Putting Contest and much more. This is the biggest golf sale of the year in Kansas and a celebration of the region’s exciting golf community. Make sure to take advantage of show-only savings on all name brand clubs and a chance to take home great giveaways. You don’t want to miss out!

Be sure to stop by the KCGA Booth where you will get to experience the history of Kansas City golf along with the historical timeline of the Kansas City Golf Association. We will be providing information on all of our 2015 tournaments and events. You can also get signed up for a USGA Handicap Index and for the chance to win FREE tour memberships into KCGA events for junior golfers and amateur golfers. We hope to see you there!

Ticket Prices: Adult $12, Senior (60+) $10, Kids 12 and under FREE. Additional $1 off to KCGA Members (off the $12 ticket price)

Hours: Friday 11:00am to 5:00opm, Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm

For more info, visit http://kansascitygolfshow.com/

Doug Habel Chosen as New KCGA Executive Director

Categories: Headlines, Spotlight, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: December 17, 2014 | No Comments »

On December 19th, 2014, Doug Habel, 36, was announced as the new Executive Director of the Kansas City Golf Association. Habel had been Competitions Manager for the KCGA since 2012. Previously, Doug had been a PGA assistant pro at three Kansas City area courses. He was at Hillcrest from 2003-2005, Wolf Creek from 2005-2009 and Oakwood from 2010-2011. Doug has since had his amateur status reinstated.

Habel grew up in the Kansas City area and attended Hickman Mills High School and Truman State University in Kirksville. Doug and his wife Laura are the proud parents of four children, ages 4 through 11. Doug replaces Matt Williams who took the Georgia Golf Association Executive Director post on November 16.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity.”, said Habel, “I’ve spent my whole life working in golf in the Kansas City area, and I’ve always admired and respected what the KCGA does. I’m honored to be leading such a fine organization into the future.”

KCGA to Induct Three into Hall of Fame

Categories: Community News, Headlines, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: November 12, 2014 | No Comments »

Local touring professional Bob Stone and renowned amateur Karen Schull MacGee will add their names to the roster of local golf greats when they are inducted into the Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame in the class of 2014.

Joining this duo of great players will be the “The Foursome,” golfing pioneers who took on “Jim Crow” and opened public golf facilities to players of color in the 1950s.

In the early 20th Century, the movement to build municipal golf courses was seen as a way to democratize the game, allowing the poor and middle-class to enjoy the values of health, recreation and camaraderie associated with playing golf. But these same values were denied to men and women of color. Until The Foursome came along.

These four men: George Johnson, Reuben Benton, Sylvester “Pat” Johnson and Leroy Doty changed that in March 1950. They drove “up the hill” from the hardscrabble nine-hole course blacks were allowed to play (Swope #2) to the A.W. Tillinghast designed Swope #1 (now Swope Memorial).

Demanding the “right” to play the course their tax dollars were used to maintain, the four were turned away by the man behind the desk. Unwilling to accept “no” for an answer, they laid their money on the counter and proceeded to the first tee where, to threats of arrest, they took on “Jim Crow” and won. It wasn’t quick or easy, but their heroic first steps eventually opened the gates of city owned facilities to all people, regardless of race.

Bob Stone won more than 45 times as a professional, including the Florida Citrus Open on the PGA Tour in 1969. He found success throughout the country from the mid-1950s to the 1980s always returning to his club professional roots at Rockwood and later, at Crackerneck Golf Club in Independence.

In the 1981 US Senior Open, Stone finished tied with legends Arnold Palmer and Billy Casper. In the 18-hole Monday playoff he surged into an early lead, only to be overtaken by a streaking Palmer, but besting Casper by three strokes.

Stone was a contender in state Open Championships throughout the mid-west winning multiple times in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and Wisconsin. He was Midwest Section PGA Champion four times, US Open Sectional qualifier three times and Senior Open qualifier twice.

Karen Schull MacGee was a graduate of Southwest High School and the University of Kansas. Between 1958 and 1980 MacGee was “the one to beat” in women’s golf in the Kansas City area. She won the Kansas Women’s Amateur five times, the Missouri Women’s Amateur seven times and had twelve Kansas City Match Play and Country Club District championships.

After winning the KC Match Play championship for the eighth time in 1980, MacGee opted to focus on her career in nursing and stepped away from competitive golf.

The Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame was created in 2012 to cap the celebration of the centennial anniversary of the KCGA. The Hall recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of area amateur and professional golfers, teaching professionals, golf course superintendents and pioneers of the game.

Stone, MacGee and “The Foursome” join the golf greats who were inducted in the inaugural class last year. That class included local legend Tom Watson, long-time teaching pro Stan Thirsk, turf grass pioneer and golf course superintendent Chester Mendenhall, Opal Hill accomplished player, teacher and one of the founders of the LPGA, 1927 US Women’s’ Amateur Champion Miriam Burns (Horn) Tyson, former KCGA Executive Director Bob Reid and 25-year Blue Hills professional Leland “Duke” Gibson.

The induction ceremonies will take place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the KCGA Board of Directors on November 15, 2015 at Indian Hills Country Club at 12:00 p.m. For press credentials to the event, please contact Matt Williams at matt@kcgolf.org

Team Kansas Retains the Stateline Cup

Categories: Headlines, Results, StateLine Amateur Tour, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: October 30, 2014 | No Comments »

The Stateline Cup Matches were played on October 30th, on a beautiful day at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, KS. The matches pitted a team of Missouri players against a team of Kansas players. There were six four-ball matches, six foursomes matches and twelve singles matches.

The matches were close all day but team Kansas did what they needed to do to retain the cup for another year, as they ended in a 12-12 tie.

Click here to see the scores…

Terranova Tears Up Back Nine to Win

Categories: Regional Championships, Results, Top Story, Uncategorized | Posted: October 21, 2014 | No Comments »

Wolf Creek G.C. — The course and weather conditions could not be better for the 2014 Kansas City Masters.  The wind was so still, conversations carried hundreds of yards and through the majestic oaks surrounding Wolf Creek Golf Club.  As the final round began, three men shared the lead at two under par setting the stage for a shootout to complete the 2014 KCGA season.

A chaotic leaderboard changed throughout the final round as players jockeyed for position heading into the back nine.  With nine holes remaining a half dozen players had a chance to take home the final crystal of the year.  It looked like Steve Groom and Joseph Winslow in the final pairing were going to duke it out over the home stretch, but both players found trouble early on the back nine.  A double bogey for Groom on ten and back to back bogeys on eleven and twelve put both players in black numbers for the first time.

In the group ahead, Mark Terranova quietly moved up the leaderboard after making a birdie on the par four thirteenth.  Terranova looked like he would drop a stroke at the par three fifteenth hole after a poor approach, but after a ten foot slider and a monster fist pump he escaped with par.  Terranova then birdied to take the outright lead on seventeen at even par.

Heading to eighteen, it looked like it would take at least even par to fend off the challengers.  After a well placed tee shot, Terranova fired his approach to the backstop behind the front hole location on number eighteen.  There was a nervous hesitation as it looked like the ball might stop precariously on the slope, which would have left a nearly impossible two putt, but gravity prevailed and the ball gently drifted back to the hole.  Terranova holed the putt for good measure and capped the victory finishing as the only player under par for the thirty-six hole championship.

“I am very happy for Mark,” said Matt Williams, KCGA Executive Director.  “He has been close so many times in our events and he finally closed it out. His back-nine today was some of the highest quality golf I have seen this year.”

While Groom finished in second, he took home low Senior honors and continues to establish himself as one of the great senior players in the region.

The KCGA would like to thank the staff of Wolf Creek Golf Club for hosting the event.

For complete results click here!

Three Tied for Lead at KC Masters

Categories: Headlines, Men's Golf, Regional Championships, Results, Top Story | Posted: October 20, 2014 | No Comments »

Wolf Creek Golf Club — The 2014 KC Masters began with incredible October weather this morning.  Temperatures started in the mid 60s and hovered around 70 degrees for most of the day.  The weather was a stark contrast to the 2013 KC Masters where the wind and chilly temperatures created extremely difficult playing conditions.

Four players took advantage through the first nine holes and posted front nine, under par rounds. The back nine of Wolf Creek would claim several victims and only three players were able to complete under par rounds.

University of South Florida standout, Joseph Winslow, was one of only a few players to card a back nine better than his front.  With four birdies and a blemish free back nine, Winslow posted 36 – 34 to finish at two under 70.

Former KC Amateur champion, Steve Groom, would match Winslow’s total with a par of 35s to post 70.  Groom’s only misstep was a bogey on the difficult 444 yard eighteenth.

Completing tomorrow’s final pairing will be Craig Broswick.  Broswick led all competitors after nine holes firing a blistering three under 33 on the opening nine. He followed the opening nine with a back nine 70.  His only dropped shot came at the difficult down hill par 3 eleventh.

Twenty-seven competitors will return to Wolf Creek tomorrow in the final regional championship of the season.  Up for grabs are the year’s final player of the year points and positioning for the 2015 Watson Challenge.

For complete results of today’s action click here.