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When the Presidents’ Cup begins play on October 3rd at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio the world will be treated to team match play between the top 12 PGA Tour players from the USA against an international team of top pros.   The USA leads in the series 7-1-1.  Kansans will be watching the drama, but one Kansan will have a great seat.  Former KGA president and director Michael Morrissey will be serving on the Rules Committee.

The invitation according to Morrissey came to him as a result of his tenure as chairman of the Western Junior Committee.  Working “inside the ropes” with clubhouse access, he will have an up close view of the action and the strategy.  Congratulations to Michael – we’ll be expecting some good stories for the October edition of Kansas Golfer!

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Last month’s Colbert Charity Classic held at Colbert Hills GC in Manhattan was a 72-hole professional event on the Adams Golf Pro Tour.  Former Kansas Amateur champion Kyle Smell got a needed lift to his young professional career by taking advantage of his course knowledge gained from four years on the K-State golf team to finish in third place at four-under par 284.  His paycheck was $3,898.  Colbert grandson Curtis Yonke finished in a tie for 14th earning $1,346.


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The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship is on the agenda for October 5-10 at the Country Club of Birmingham (Alabama).  Local qualifying was held at two nearby sites.  The Prairie Dunes CC qualifier drew a maximum field of 78 players and 2013 U.S. Senior Open general chairman Patrick Duffy of Omaha was one of five golfers tying at 73 for one of the four spots available. The three other spots went to non-Kansas players.  Bradley Lane, newly of Lawrence, is an alternate.   Another local qualifier was held at Blue Hills CC in Kansas City where 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Brian Norton of Mission Hills was medalist posting a five-under par 67.  Norton advanced all the way to the 36-hole final match in ’03 and sustained a pulled calf muscle on the ninth hole of the morning round and was forced to concede the match to Nathan Smith giving him the first of his now four U.S. Mid-Amateur titles.  Phillip Bartimus earned the second spot at the KC area qualifier.

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Marty Streiff, president of Proformance Golf, Inc., last month announced the company’s latest golf course acquisition; Falcon Ridge Golf Course in Lenexa, Kansas.   Other golf courses in the company’s portfolio include Falcon Lakes Golf Course (Basehor), Stone Canyon (Blue Springs, MO), Royal Meadows (Kansas City) and Painted Hills (Kansas City, KS).

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The 2014 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship will be held at Prairie Dunes Country Club, May 22-28.  It will be the first time this championship is televised and The Golf Channel will be the place to watch it.  However, if you want to see the action live, the event will be open to the public each day.  And if you want to get really close to the action, you should consider becoming a volunteer.  For details, see the graphic ad on the home page of the KGA website  at www.kansasgolf.org or the Prairie Dunes website at www.prairiedunes.com/2014-ncaa-mens-golf-championship-volunteer-form/

 

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An experienced and competitive team of Kansas golfers will head to Gothenburg, Nebraska next week for the biennial Directors’ Cup to be contested at Wild Horse Golf Course.  This event, played in the years opposite the USGA State Team Championship, involves 8-member teams from Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.  The host team has always won this event in its prior six contests.  Kansas nearly won in 2011 at the Iowa venue when the ultimate winning team prevailed on the final hole with the final putt!

Kansas team members are Charlie Stevens (Wichita), Sam Stevens (Wichita), Jack Courington (Wichita), Aaron Sheaks (Wichita), Zac Burton (Manhattan, captain), TJ Vilkanskas (Manhattan), Ben Lowman (Manhattan) and Conrad Roberts (Lawrence).

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The KGA trip to Ireland is still accepting reservations for the golf trip from April 10th through 17th.  Details are available on the KGA website by clicking on the home page picture ad.  The tour organizer recently announced that Ballybunion will be removed from the schedule as the club is doing major renovations this winter and the course will not have reopened by the time our KGA group arrives.  In its place, our group will play the equally beautiful and challenging Dooks Golf Club.   If you have been considering a golf trip to Ireland, this is your chance to cross one off the bucket list!