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The Streaks Continue as Team Missouri Retains Senior Trophies


With a recently-opened venue and on “home turf” the two Kansas senior teams for the Ozark Ozark Senior Challenge - Kansas TeamSenior Challenge and the Association Senior Cup (for the super seniors) had great expectations of winning these goodwill matches for the first time since 2006.

Firekeeper Golf Course was the venue for the mid-October contests.  While the 18 Kansas players had prior experience with the relatively new and challenging links and woodlands golf course north of Topeka, it would be a totally new experience for most of the Missouri players.   And with the additional elements of rain, wind and cool temperatures perhaps the Kansas players would have an advantage.

In the first day with two types of matches, four-ball and foursomes, Kansas leaped out to a confident lead in both competitions.  The Ozark Senior Challenge squad managed to secure 5 of the possible 6 match points in the afternoon foursomes (alternate shot), a format for Association Senior Cup - Kansas Teamwhich Kansas players are notoriously unlucky.  Apparently, playing in the afternoon wind and rain was not Missouri’s strength.  That gave Kansas the overnight advantage of 7.5 to Missouri’s 4.5 points.   The Association Senior Cup team also held the first day lead after their two rounds, Kansas 3.5 to Missouri 2.5.

12 points were up for grabs the final day with head-to-head singles matches of the Ozark Senior Challenge and 6 points in the Association Senior Cup.  Holding the overnight advantage for the first time in the last 7 years against Missouri, the Kansas teams were confident of a victory and rescuing the trophies.

It was not to be.  Missouri went on a “border raid” and took 9 of the 12 singles points by winning 7 matches and halving two others.  If Kansas had been able to turn the tide in just two of those 9 losing matches, the overall result would have swung to Kansas.   Instead, the final tally of Missouri 13.5 to Kansas 10.5 meant the sterling silver trophy would again be confined to tarnish in Missouri hands.

The super seniors fell to the same fate.  Kansas could only win two of the 6 singles matches which meant Kansas was a mere one point short of holding the mini-Claret jug trophy.  The Missouri 6.5 to Kansas 5.5 final tally included two singles matches won by Missouri by the smallest of margins; each at 1 up.  If either of those matches had gone in the Kansas column, the overall result would have been a streak-breaker.

Congratulations to our rivals and good friends from Missouri.  Despite the disappointment, the camaraderie always overshadows the competition.  Maybe Kansas can end the 7-year streak in 2014 when Missouri will host the annual senior team matches.  If not, Kansas may have to “exhaust” our friends by playing the 2015 matches at Southwind!


Another Streak in Kansas Golf

Wichita, Kansas – Wichita golf fans and charities received some great news recently when it was announced that the Air Capital Classic and the PGA TOUR had reached an agreement to extend the cosponsored Web.com Tour tournament three years, through the 2106 event.

22 companies have signed two-year commitments to become Ambassadors, generating over $300,000 in revenue for the tournament, and Aetna has entered into a three-year agreement to become the tournament’s new Presenting Sponsor.   The Air Capital Classic will be the event’s new name and the 2014 tournament will be played in June at Crestview Country Club for the 13th consecutive year.

Wichita is one of only four cities that have annually hosted a Web.com PGA TOUR event since the developmental tour started in 1990.  The other cities are Springfield, MO, Boise, ID, and Knoxville, TN.

For tickets and volunteer opportunities, go to www.aircapclassic.com.


Wanna play for $593.70 a hole?

Cary Cozby played 120 holes of golf at Wichita Country Club on October 24th, walking the entire way.  His motive was to raise over $74,000 in donations from sponsors of his annual Swinging For A Coz charity golf outing.   Now having done this for nine straight years, the Wichita CC golf professional who himself is a cancer survivor has raised over $550,000 for the Cancer Center of Kansas and Victory in the Valley.

There was no mention of his score, but knowing Coz, it was probably under-par!


Worth noting:

  • Former KGA president Mike Morrissey was invited to be on the Rules Committee at the President’s Cup last month.  The invitation came as a result of his service on the Western Golf Association Junior Championship Committee.  Mike did not have to make any rulings in the PGA Tour American stars against the rest of the world matches as he was assigned as an “observer”  to assist the referee.  No pressure, but still inside the ropes and the clubhouse for a great view of the best players in the world!  Congratulations, Mike!
  • Blake Graham will become the new head golf pro at Manhattan Country Club at the beginning of 2014 when long-time head pro Denny Woods moves on to a new career in business.  Graham has been an assistant golf professional at Hallbrook Country Club for many years (he won the inaugural Watson Challenge that was played at Hallbrook) and Woods ends 14 years of service to the members at MCC.  Best of luck to both Denny and Blake.
  • Hallbrook Country Club announced the hiring of its new golf course superintendent as Todd Towery.  Todd had been the superintendent at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas since 2003.  He also has had assistant superintendent positions at Southern Hills CC in Tulsa and Desert Highlands in Scottsdale.   Let’s hope Todd finds Hallbrook less hot or humid than his prior posts!
  • Jim Gregory, the long-time golf pro at Stagg Hill Golf Club in Manhattan, announced his move to Millwood Golf & Racquet Club in Springfield, MO.  Jim served the membership at Stagg Hill Golf Club for 29 years.