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2008 Kansas Junior Golf Scholars

Ty Burgoon, PaolaTy Burgoon – Paola (Pitt State Univ.)

A multi-sport athlete, Ty skipped golf in his junior year, running track to help with conditioning for football.  But in his senior year, he was back on the golf team with his friends, enjoying the outdoors where “it doesn’t get much better.” Ty found time to prepare younger students for the math sections of the ACT and PSAT, and helped teach a high school algebra class. Ty will attend Pittsburg State University and hopes to be a math teacher and a coach.

Patrick Eland, HoxiePatrick Eland – Hoxie (Univ. of Kansas)

“To look at a golf course,” says Pat, “and all the trouble you might get in, you might never tee off.” Playing golf taught him to take one thing at a time and “work through it”, a skill he applied during his busy high school career: football, basketball, golf, yearbook, student council, coaching, tutoring, even umpiring baseball. Pat hopes to study business at the University of Kansas.

Amanda Holmberg, TopekaAmanda Holmberg – Topeka (Kansas State Univ.)

During her four years of varsity golf, Amanda learned that “one bad round does not make me a bad golfer” so she “decided to focus on the positive.” In her last year, as the only Senior on the team, she used this positive outlook when serving as mentor for younger players, helping them to learn about “enjoying and respecting the game.” At Kansas State University Amanda plans to prepare for a career as a Financial Planner.

Alan Tajchman, ChapmanAlan Tajchman – Chapman (
Kansas State Univ.)

Alan started playing golf in third grade and filled his trophy case with medals over the years. “I enjoy the game of golf,” he says, “but I love the golf courses and the outdoors even more.” His appreciation of golf courses as part of nature sparked Alan to study turf management. Following his first two years at Hutchinson Community College, Alan is now enrolled at Kansas State University in the Golf Course Management program. 

Kathryn Unruh, HaysKathryn Unruh – Hays (Univ. of Kansas)

Every summer, Kathryn dreamed of the typical “teenage girl” summer: staying up late, sleeping in, perfecting her tan. But golf got in the way, and instead she spent hours on the Smoky Hill CC range. “Golf taught me the elements needed to achieve goals: you must be persistent, disciplined, and firm in where you stand” says Kathryn. These traits will serve her well as she attends the University of Kansas, with a dual major in Cognitive Psychology and Human Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in neuroscience.