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Dodge Kemmer to play The Asian Tour In 2013

After finishing 5-under par in the four round qualifier in Hua Hin, Thailand, Wichita native Dodge KemmerDodge Kemmer qualified for the 2013 Asian Tour. The Asian Tour is the official regional sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia and is the only recognized Pan-Asian pro golf tour in Asia.

Kemmer, at The Independent School in Wichita, was named to the all-state high school team all four years.  He was the 2005 AJGA HP academic All American and in 2001 was the youngest qualifier in Kansas Amateur history (age 13). After high school, Kemmer attended Stanford where he played on the golf team and majored in Human Biology. Kemmer has three amateur victories: 2009 Scratch Players Amateur, 2009 Palo Alto City Championship and 2008 Kansas Junior Amateur.

News from the Clubhouse:

  • Eric Magnuson is the new head pro at Alvamar Country Club. Magnuson previously held assistant pro at Lawrence Country Club, and at Moila Country Club in St. Joseph, MO.
  • Manhattan Country Club has hired Mark McKain as its new golf course superintendent. McKain, who previously worked at Stagg Hill Golf Club, will begin hisWichita CC's Josh Cook duties March 1st.
  • Indian Hills Country Club is now searching for a new golf course superintendent. Current Superintendent, Aaron Willing, submitted his resignation to seek other opportunities.
  • Wichita Country Club assistant professional Josh Cook was named South Central Section PGA Teacher-of-the-Year.
  • Wichita Country Club’s golf shop was among Golf World’s list of the “100 Best Golf Shops for 2012,” this is the ninth time in ten years the shop has been honored. Shops are split into four categories: off-course, private, public and resort while being judged on three sets of criteria. First, the shops are judged on revenue per square foot/ per round. Second, shops are judged on appearance/layout and using supplied photos. Finally, the shops are judged on the articulation of successful promotions and recent initiatives within the last year. The Golf Shop at Wichita Country Club and its staff of PGA golf pros have been honored with multiple local, regional and national awards. Their professional staff has also contributed to various golf publications on customer service, employee training and merchandise philosophies.

National Honors for Sand Creek Station

Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, KS was nominated for course-of-the-year by The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). The NGCOA’s annual conference was held in San Diego and is the golf industry’s largest gathering of owners and operators of daily fee, private, resort and municipal courses.

The award recognizes member-owned courses that excel in four categories.

  • · Course quality
  • · Ownership and management
  • · Contributions to the community
  • · Contribution to the game

Sand Creek Station plays a replica of some of golf’s favorite holes, including the famous Road Hole at St. Andrews and Redan Hole at St. Andrews. The course also contains many old style characteristics and the longest par 5 in Kansas. Staff members of the course-from the golf shop to maintenance crew- are trained to offer outstanding customer service with the goal of exceeding expectations.

USGA Annual Meeting Sites Initiatives to Promote and Improve Golf

The USGA will develop a broad set of initiatives to identify challenges and solutions regarding pace of play issues in the game of golf. At the recent USGA meeting in San Diego, President Glen D. Nagger outlined the main components of the multifaceted program to help pace of play issues.

Analysis of Key of Factors:

  • Factors known to influence the pace of play include course design, course management and setup, play management and the effectiveness of player education programs.

Research to produce pace of play modeling:

  • A major study is underway at the USGA’s Research and Test Center to create the first-ever dynamic model of pace of play based on quantifiable data; a model that will be applicable to competitive and recreational golf.
  • Previous models and programs addressing pace of play have been based largely on observations and anecdotal evidence, while the new model will draw from large-scale real-world inputs, including data from the PGA Tour’s Shotlink system.

Pace Rating System:

  • The USGA Handicap Department will utilize data from the test center model to better customize the Pace Rating System for individual courses.

On-site Assistance at Golf Courses:

  • New programs to help golf Course Managers’ access and improve the pace of play will be delivered by the USGA Green Section through its Turf Advisory Service.
  • The on-site visits will evaluate the overall playing quality of a golf course, of which pace of play is a central component.

Player Education Programs:

  • The USGA will use its communication channels to reach its members and the larger golf community with messages on improving pace of play.
  • Other efforts could include promotion of alternate formats such as match play, foursomes and Stableford scoring.
  • The TEE IT FORWARD campaign will continue to be promoted as a way to speed play and provide more enjoyment.