The Girls Performance Initiative Mission:
1.) Conduct a regional amateur women’s competition which allows Kansas City area residents and junior golfers the opportunity to gauge their abilities to the area’s best players – The Prairie Invitational.
2.) Provide exposure to the best players in the world by offering junior players an all expenses paid trip to international women’s competitions through 2018 and future years. Selected junior players will attend the following:
The 2015 Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship – Rogers, Arkansas
The 2016 Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship – Rogers, Arkansas
The 2017 Solheim Cup- Des Moines, Iowa
The 2018 PGA Women’s Championship – Long Grove, Illinois
3.) To offer local development and playing opportunities for the area’s best junior players.
– Mid America Junior Cup (The junior competition between Kansas City and St. Louis.)
– Kansas City Girls’ Match Play (to be played each spring)
The KC Golf Foundation Girls Performance Initiative
Trip to the 2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, AR
June 22nd – 28th, 2015 The Prairie Invitational will benefit the Girls Performance Initiative and all proceeds will go to the Golf Foundation of Kansas City. This year, the KCGA will select a group of four girls to attend an all expenses paid overnight stay for the 2015 NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, AR. These girls will be selected by the KCGA for their dedication to women’s golf in the KC area and for their participation in Kansas City Junior events. These junior golfers will get a chance to meet LPGA stars, get autographs and watch some of the best players in the game. The girls also had the opportunity to witness the ceremony of changing the caddie bib for a new World #1 player. The caddie of the current World #1 wears a different bib from all other caddies, and there is a brief ceremony changing the bib on the first tee when a new World #1 competes in an event.
June 23rd – 24th, 2016 A group of four high school golfers attended the practice round and first round of the Northwest Arkansas Championship. They had the opportunity to meet many LPGA stars, who were all very gracious to sign autographs, take photos, and visit with the girls during the practice round. They met Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, Paula Creamer, and Morgan Pressel along with many other players. They also had the opportunity to hit their first shots inside the ropes at an LPGA tour event with Caroline Masson’s pro-am group. On their free evening, they relaxed with a trip to BITE NW Arkansas, a food festival that featured the best chefs in the region presenting some of their specialty dishes, earning their aprons for visiting all the stations.
Other GPI Milestones:
- Conducted a College Golf Recruiting Night for area junior golfers and their families with coaches from UMKC, Kansas State, Baker University, William Jewell College, and the University of Central Missouri
- Assisted a junior golfer with travel expenses to the LPGA National Leadership Academy
- Anticipate a sold-out Prairie Invitational at Milburn CC in July with the strongest field in the history of the competition