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KGA Ireland trip date change

In April 2014 the KGA is taking a group of avid golfers to Ireland!  The initial travel dates seen on the promotional information has been changed in order to arrive home before the Easter holiday weekend.  The new travel dates are April 10th to 17th.

If you are interested in experiencing six great Southwest Irish golf links, food and culture, go to the KGA website (www.kansasgolf.org) and click on the ad on the right side of any page (wait for it to cycle through), or email kim@kansasgolf.org to receive the reservation form and itinerary.   The spots are first-come, first-served based upon the payment of a reservation deposit.

If you have ever dreamed of playing golf in Ireland, this is your chance!


Larry Barrett receives KGA Award

Past KGA present Larry Barrett of Colby, Kansas recently received the KGA’s highest Larry Barrettvolunteer distinction.  During the late April dinner gathering of the rules committee for the Big 12 men’s golf championship at Prairie Dunes, KGA Executive Director Kim Richey, presented Larry with the Virgil Parker Award.  He becomes the sixth KGA volunteer since 1998 to receive this recognition for outstanding service to the golfers of Kansas.  Thank you, Larry for all that you have done and continue to do for the game in Kansas!


Kansas golfers’ accomplishments

The KGA is always pleased to see and report the honors or wins by our fellow Kansas golfers:

Thane Ringler, Hutchinson was named to as a first team All-American by the NAIA.  Ringler attends Masters College in California.   Third team All-American status was earned by Shane Gilbert at Southwestern University (Winfield) and Ben Johnson who plays for Bethany College (Lindsborg).

Alex Forristal recently finished 6th at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national golf championship held in Lubbock, Texas.  His Johnson County Community College team finished 4th.


It All Started in the Sand!

If you have never played golf on sand greens, you should just once to experience what American golf pioneers played as golf.  If you have, then you know how simple and fun the game can be.  Check out the following article appearing recently in the Wall Street Journal regarding sand greens golf in Kansas,   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323728204578515661811319052.html#articleTabs%3Darticle

Kansas ties to 2013 US Amateur Public Links

Two golfers with ties to the Kansas State Wildcat golf program are recent qualifiers for the US Amateur Public Links Championship that will be held in July in Lorton, Virginia.   Kyle Weldon from St. Louis has been a top K-State golfer the last two years.  He travelled across the river to take medalist honors at Clinton Hill Golf Club in Swansea, Illinois with a 36 hole score of 134.   Meanwhile, Matt Williams, a K-State alum and the 2001 Kansas Amateur champion who is the current executive director of the Kansas City Golf Association, was the top qualifier at the Kansas City event held at Fred Arbanas Golf Course.