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Kansas Golf Associaition

Now on the Tee - Championship Preview

The 2015 KGA competition schedule is set and ready for everyone’s game.  Regardless of age, ability or time availability, there is an event on the schedule for any Kansas golfer with a desire or interest in testing their game – against others or even
against their own goals.

“We are very excited about the events and championships being played in Kansas this year,” stated KGA Executive Director Kim Richey.  “You don’t have to be a single digit handicap golfer to enjoy KGA competitions.  We have something for everyone.”

KGA championships are open for official entry starting on February 1st and that is quickly and efficiently done online at www.kansasgolf.org.  Entry forms can also be printed from the KGA website and then mailed in.   The KGA Senior Series and KGA Mid-Amateur Series is also open for entries, but the KJGA-Junior Golf program begins on March 2nd.

Kansas Amateur returns to Wichita Country Club

Wichita Country Club will host for the seventh time in the last 50 years the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship July 20-26.  The historic venue has recently undergone some changes that will help reduce water usage.  Much of the rough, green surrounds and teeing grounds have been re-turfed with new generation Bermuda grasses.  The finished presentation will also be a better playing surface.   The challenging course routing and putting greens continue to test the best golfers despite all of the advances in equipment through technology.

Last year’s KGA Player-of-the-Year for both seniors and open events, Bryan Norton, is expected to defend his title; one which saw him set a new record for oldest Kansas Amateur Match Play champion at the age of 55.  The runner-up in both 2013 and 2014, Sam Stevens will be a strong favorite to win his first Kansas Amateur.  The Oklahoma State freshman golfer learned to play the game at Wichita CC.

The KGA has increased the number of qualifying sites to seven, including the “Second Chance” qualifier at Alvamar on July 7th.  Golfers in the Wichita are will have two qualifying sites from which to pick; either Reflection Ridge or Sand Creek Station.

The championship field will be 156 of the very best Kansas golfers vying to be named the 105th Kansas Amateur champion.

Konza Prairie Amateur Championship debuts in 2015

The KGA is pleased to announce the newest event on the annual lineup of championships – the Konza Prairie Amateur Championship.

This 36-hole stroke play event using the Modified Stableford scoring format will be played annually on the first weekend following Memorial Day.  Colbert Hills Golf Course, right in the heart of the Konza Prairie, has agreed to host.

“The KGA is honored to partner with Colbert Hills to offer what should be one of the most competitive and enjoyable championships played each year here in Kansas,” according to KGA President Gary Lucas.  “With three different divisions based on either age or skill level using the Modified Stableford format and playing at a great time of year with optimum weather and course conditions, we expect a lot of interest from players around the state.”  Both gross and net scores will be determined for distribution of the prize pool.

This becomes the third KGA championship staged on a weekend in order to afford “working” golfers the opportunity to compete.  The Railer (Sand Creek Station GC) and the High Plains Amateur (The GC at Southwind) are the other two weekend events.

“We Flipped Them”

Reacting to popular demand, the KGA has “flipped” two mid-amateur events on the annual schedule.  The Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship, traditionally the first event of the season played in early May, has been moved to early October.  Taking its place as the season-opener will be the joint championships of the Mid-Am Team and Senior Team.

Also new for 2015 is the format change for the Mid-Am/Senior Team championships.  The competition has been reduced to 36 holes over two days so that players will not need to be away from work for up to three days as in the past.  The daily formats will be Modified Foursomes on day one, followed by Four-Ball on day two.

Terradyne Country Club will host the newly formatted Mid-Am/Senior Team championships on May 4-5, while Milburn CC will host the Mid-Amateur on October 5-6.  Early entry is encouraged to get a spot in what is expected to be a full field in each event.

The Rest of the Story

The remainder of the KGA championship slate continues to offer outstanding opportunities for golfers of all ages and abilities thanks to the support of a great group of member golf clubs.

Wellington Golf Course will host the Kansas Boys Junior Amateur, June 15-18.  The “young guns” might get excited about the apparently short, easier golf course.  But, they will soon find out that this is one of the most challenging venues in Kansas.  Small putting greens with significant slope and pitch are hard to hit and putt, while errant drives will find a place in groves of trees with decades of growth.

Indian Hills Country Club, a classic Tillinghast design and one of the most beautiful, challenging venues in the Midwest, will host the Kansas Senior Amateur, July 27-28.

The Kansas Four-Ball returns to Alvamar Golf Course on June 4-7 with the match play portion being playing over the weekend.

Lake Quivira Country Club will host for the second time the Kansas Father-Son Championship on August 10-11.  This event also has a junior division.  This four-ball event with gross and net prizes is a fun way to get out of town and play some golf between son, dad and/or grandpa!

Of course, The Railer returns to its usual date at Sand Creek Station GC on June 26-28.  The Friday-Sunday 54-hole Kansas Amateur Stroke Play event was played earlier last year to accommodate the staging of the final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.    And the High Plains Amateur will be played for the 21st time at The Golf Club at Southwind, August 29-30.

The Sunflower Girls Junior Championship will bring a competitive field to Hesston Golf Course on August 1-2.

“Got Game?”

Come find out the answer to that question.  Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran amateur golfer, there are several KGA championships with outstanding venues that will test your skill and nerves.  Best of all is the experience and camaraderie with fellow competitors.

“Now on the tee – you’re up!”