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Sunflower Golf Trail is Getting “Longer”

Over a dozen public golf courses in Kansas know the value of joining forces to promote their fine venues.   The Sunflower Golf Trail is a consortium of golf courses that allows its members to have the ability to play other courses for a flat fee of $20.00, which also includes a golf cart.  The program has added four new courses for 2013: Custer Hill Golf Course, Hidden Lakes Golf Course, Sunflower Hills Golf Course and Wellington Golf Club.  This privilege would be extended only to the annual rate payer from various public courses in the area with no restrictions of time or day. If you are a member of any of the clubs listed below, you are a member of the Sunflower Golf Trail.

Sunflower Golf Trail Courses for 2013

Carey Park Golf Course, Hutchinson
Custer Hill Golf Course, Fort Riley*
Emporia Municipal Golf Course, Emporia
Hays Municipal Golf Course, Hays
Hesston Golf Course, Hesston
Hidden Lakes Golf Course, Derby*
Mariah Hills Golf Course, Dodge City
Prairie Trails Golf Course, El Dorado
Quail Ridge Golf Course, Winfield
Rolling Meadows Golf Course, Junction City
Salina Municipal Golf Course, Salina
Stagg Hill Golf Club, Manhattan
Sunflower Hills Golf Course, Bonner Springs*
Turkey Creek Golf Course, McPherson
Wellington Golf Club, Wellington*

*New to the Sunflower Golf Trail in 2013

Taking the GCSAA to “New Heights”

The CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Rhett Evans, achieved a monumental task two weeks ago. Evans climbed to the peak of the snow-covered, 19,341 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world; 25,000 people annually attempt to climb to the peak. Roughly less than half reach the top.

Evans has competed in multiple Ironman triathlons throughout his life, and spent lots of time at the gym preparing for this ascent. Evans would show up to the gym every morning with sand-filled trekking boots and a 25 pound backpack and spend hours on the Stairmaster.   As Evans promised before his trip, he brought a GCSAA golf championship flag to leave at the summit and hit golf balls off what he called, “the roof of Africa.”

It took Evan’s and five friends a little over a week to ascend to the top. The GCSAA documented Evan’s experience over twitter, and he used his iPhone to send pictures and give updates. Evans overcame laryngitis and Acute Mountain Sickness during the climb. Luckily, a doctor was assigned to the team of climbers. Acute Mountain sickness is caused by a lack of oxygen at high altitudes.

From the Clubhouse

  • Ryan Martin is leaving The Golf Club at Southwind to become the first assistant at Stonebriar Country Club in Dallas.
  • Steve Wilson is now the golf course superintendent at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park. He was head superintendent at Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club in Prairie Village.
  • Alvamar Country Club has hired Ryan Davis as the new assistant pro. Davis is coming from Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park, KS.
  • Paul Hooser is the new director of instruction for the Alvamar Country Club, leaving his most recent post as the Director of instruction for the City of Overland Park.
  • Jeff White from Lake Quivira Country Club is now the head golf course superintendent at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, KS, site of the 2013 Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship.