Phil Miller, Kansas City - Executive Director
Phil Miller has served as volunteeer Executive Director of the Kansas Golf Foundation since November, 2003. Born and raised in Parsons, Kansas, he received both his Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kansas, where he played on the golf team in 1971. After 24 years of private law practice in the Kansas City area, Phil is now a self-employed mediator. He began volunteering for the KGA as a Committeeman in 1999 and is currently a member of the USGA Junior Amateur Committee, regularly serving as a Rules official at USGA and local events. A two-time Parsons Country Club Champion and former club champion at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, Phil now plays golf at Mission Hills Country Club.
Phil was instrumental in developing the Kansas Junor Golf Scholarship program. "We believe junior golfers learn important values and skills that serve them for life. Our Junior Golf Scholarship helps send deserving junior golfers to college right here in Kansas."
Phil is married to Janet Miller, a native of Hutchinson. They live in Kansas City and have one son.
Bryan Norton, Mission Hills - President
Bryan was born and raised in Salina, learning the game under the tutelage of Salina Country Club Golf Professional and Kansas Golf Hall of Fame member, Wally Beets. Bryan played golf at Oral Roberts University, contributing to a team that included four All-Americans players and finished 2nd in the NCAA in 1981. Bryan was twice a 2nd Team All-American, finished 4th individually in the 1980 NCAA Championship, and won his first Kansas Amateur Championship in 1980.
After college, Bryan played professionally for 10 years: five on the PGA European Tour, one year on the PGA Tour, one year on the Ben Hogan Tour (now the Nationwide Tour), and won the Kansas Open in 1984. After retiring from professional golf, Bryan settled in Kansas City, where he now works for Lockton Companies. A reinstated amateur, Bryan has continued to compete. He won the Kansas Amateur for a second time in 2002. In 2003 Bryan was runner-up in the US Mid-Amateur and earned stroke play medalist honors at the British Mid-Amateur. He led the Kansas team that won the USGA Men's State Team Championship in 2010, and won the Kansas Senior Amateur Championship in 2010 and 2011.
Bryan was named to the Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008. He is married to Julie and they have three children.
Gary Lucas, Topeka - Secretary Treasurer
Gary was born and raised in Sublette, Kansas and started playing golf on Sublette's nine hole sand green golf course when he was five years old. Before he was nine the Sublette's nine holes had turned into only five. Luckily, his father and friends played golf together on weekends and would take Gary along to Plains or Buffalo Dunes.
Randy Hunt was the first golf professional at Buffalo Dunes and Gary participated in his junior golf program. From junior golf at Buffalo Dunes, Gary went on to play one year at Dodge City Community College where he was and All-Conference selection his freshman year. After his freshman year at DCCC, he went on to play three years at Wichita State University. While at WSU he was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Team his sophomore year and two years later graduated with a degree in Business Managment.
Gary has been at State Farm Insurance Agent for 20 years after a short stint in the golf business at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita. He currently lives in Topeka with his wife Kris and two children, Chance and Megan. Gary has been an active member of the Topeka South Rotary Club and involved with the KGA for over 10 years. Golf has been a major asset to Gary throughout his life, helping him get through college and giving him the opportunity to meet many great people along the way. He hopes to give back to the game as much or more than the game has given to him by being involved with both the KGA and KGF.
Bill Maness, Wichita
Bill was born and raised in Augusta, Kansas and attended Butler County Community College before heading off to Baylor University where he majored in football and golf. He is currently the President of Syndeo Outsourcing in Wichita, a Human Resource and Payroll service, and owner of BGM Sports Marketing, which has the radio broadcasting rights to the Wichita State University sports programs. Bill is a member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) government affairs committee, a past president of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Kansas, a member of the East Wichita Rotary and a member of Flint Hills National in Andover.
An avid golfer and traveler that often plays courses all over the country has qualified for the 2004 USGA Mid-Amateur and was an alternate for the 2008 US Senior Open. When asked what his goal is while serving as a KGF trustee he said, "To give back to the game that has so richly enhanced my life's esperiences. I look forward to serving as a member of the board and beginning the process of giving back."
Bill is married to Linda, his wife of 25 years. They have four children and 3 grandchildren.
Steve Sloan, Pittsburg
Born and raised in Wichita, Steve learned to play golf through the Wichita Junior Golf Association’s junior golf program. After graduating from the University of Kansas, where he played golf for two years, Steve spent 11 years working for Koch Industries around the country. In 1995, he settled in Pittsburg, where he now leads Midwest Minerals, Inc., a family owned business involved in the aggregate and ready mixed concrete industry.
Steve remains an active and accomplished player, having won the Crestwood Country Club Championship six times, and qualifying for the 1991 USGA Mid-Amateur. He is also a member of Flint Hills National Golf Club and Wolf Creek Golf Links. “I’m delighted to serve on the Foundation Board of Trustees”, says Steve. “It gives me a chance to give something back to the game that has meant so much to me my entire life.”
Steve and his wife, Becky, live in Pittsburg and have three children.
Larry Barrett, Colby
Jeff Burey, Overland Park
Bob Burris, Overland Park
Gary Conover, Wichita
Sean Dougherty, Overland Park
Tom Dower, Wichita
Matt Gogel, Mission Hills
Meghan Houtsma, Syracuse
Craig Jorgensen, Lenexa
Frank Kirk, Prairie Village
Bill Knox, Salina
Eric Sexton, Wichita
Jerry Waugh, Lawrence