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Thanks for the Memories, Coach!

KSU coach Tim NorrisIn 1997 Tim Norris arrived in Manhattan, Kansas to assume the head men’s golf coaching position at Kansas State University.  Admittedly, it was a program that was not keeping pace with the high-powered golf schools in the Big 8/Big 12 Conference.  He had the credentials as a winner on the PGA Tour and the financial backing of K-State alumni like Jim Colbert.

Under his tenure, the longest-running of any current Big 12 men’s golf coach, the K-State program has been built to a level of respectability and success.  Colbert Hills Golf Course is the home course to train and test the Wildcat teams and an indoor training facility there gives the golfers a place to practice during the cold days of the Kansas winter.

Tim Norris recently announced his retirement as the K-State men’s head golf coach effective at the end of the current 2013-2014 college season.  There are dozens of K-State graduates who learned how to be a gentleman golfer with Coach Norris, including Kansas Amateur champions Matt Williams and Kyle Smell.

Congratulations, Coach Norris and best wishes in your retirement!

Woody Wins

Woody Austin, the recent buyer of Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita, is still one of the best golfers on the PGA Tour.  The WIchitan won the Sanderson Farm Championship and here’s aWoody Austin victorious! portion of the story from PGATOUR.com:

By Rusty Hampton, Special to PGATOUR.COM

MADISON, Miss. -- Woody Austin birdied the first playoff hole to beat Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays to win the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday at Annandale Golf Club, ending a six-year victory drought for one of golf’s most colorful characters.

Austin, 49, last won in 2007, at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He had played in just three PGA TOUR events this season, missing the cut in all three, while concentrating mainly on the Web.com Tour.

“It’s been a long road and a long time,” said Austin. “This is only my fourth event, so I’m really ecstatic. Now I’ve got a job again.”

Austin caught fire on Saturday, shooting a combined 11 under while completing his second round and then firing a 5-under 67 third round in the storm-plagued event.

He kept it going Sunday, hitting 13 of the last 14 greens in regulation on the way to another 67. He, Beckman (67) and Summerhays (69), who led after each of the first three rounds, were tied at 20 under after 72 holes.

Austin, who turns 50 in January, is the eighth-oldest PGA TOUR winner and oldest since Fred Funk won the Mayakoba Golf Classic at age 50 in 2007.

In the playoff, Austin reached the par-5 18th in two shots and two-putted from 85 feet, rolling in an 8-footer for birdie. Summerhays’ second shot of the playoff found water and Beckman missed a 6-foot birdie try after Austin’s make.

“Congrats to Woody,” said Summerhays, 29, who came up just short while playing in the final group for the second straight Sunday. “That was an amazing putt he made. You gotta be kidding me. Forty-nine years old and kicking all of our butts. Hats off to him.”

Did you hear about this one?

Wichita's Tyler ChapmanTyler Chapman from Wichita traveled to Gothenburg, Nebraska to play for the Kansas team in the state’s first experience with the Midwest Cup.  The course was Wild Horse, built in the sand dunes of western Nebraska.  While Kansas was finishing third among the eight states represented, Chapman pulled off a very rare golfing feat – he eagled the same hole (the 364-yard par four #7) on consecutive days using the same two clubs (a three wood from the tee and a gap wedge into the hole).  Groundhog Day, anyone?