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In The News

Normally we spend the month of January watching golf on TV or pouring over our golf magazines and newsletters.  Thanks to Mother Nature we actually had several days of “golf weather” in Kansas this month!  So, when you get off the golf course, here are some Kansas golf items of interest for you:

The City of Valley Center, Kansas has announced that it will build a new 9-hole executive-length golf course with a driving range, a practice putting green and a short game area.  The facility will provide an excellent opportunity for beginner and junior golfers.  Accomplished golfers will also enjoy the opportunity for a quick nine.  The layout sports seven par three holes and two par four holes.
The City is taking an innovative approach with its decision to use artificial turf for the putting green surfaces.  While the initial costs are higher, over time the savings in water and maintenance will be a big savings.  The playability factor is good.  Another great idea is to place five putting green “targets” on the practice range, which can be used as a five-hole loop course for very young or beginning golfers after closing the range hitting stations. The City is conducting a “naming” contest.  To submit your idea, contact Steve Geddes at reccenter@vcrc.kscoxmail.com.

Phillip PrudeWichita Country Club recently announced the hiring of its new head golf professional.  He is Phillip Prude. Phillip, his wife Abby and son Harper are excited to move to Kansas where they will be that much closer to Abby’s dad, Randy Hunt who has had golf industry positions at several  Kansas golf clubs including Prairie Dunes and Milburn.  Welcome Phillip and family!

Randy Hunt
has announced that he will retire in April 2015.  His current post is as Randy Huntgeneral manager of Milburn Country Club in Overland Park where he supervised and led the building of the club’s new clubhouse following a total loss fire.  The “dean” of active Kansas golf pros has made his impact on several courses throughout his successful career including Southwind, Alvamar, Overland Park GC, Falcon Ridge, Prairie Dunes and Milburn. Randy hosted a US Women’s Open and US Senior Open while at Prairie Dunes and he was on the board of directors of the PGA of America.  He candidly states that he wants to step back from the daily routine and time demands of golf management and enjoy time with his family.  Randy, thanks for being such a great friend and supporter of the Kansas golf scene throughout your career!

Don Farquhar, the long-time golf professional and club general manager at Rolling Don FarquharHills Country Club in Wichita, is also retiring in April.  Don is an award-winning golf instructor and he will use his new-found free time to help grow his indoor studio golf instruction business partnership in Wichita.  He has also been the women’s golf coach at Kansas Newman University, a job he will continue in retirement.  Rolling Hills will reach out to Don as a consultant as well.  Don, wishing you the best in your new ventures!

Brian Ward has moved from his post as golf professional at Brookridge Golf & Fitness Club in Brian WardOverland Park to become the new head golf professional at Wichita’s Crestview Country Club effective earlier this month.  Brian is well-known to Wichita area golfers as he had been a popular assistant at Wichita Country Club prior to moving up to Brookridge.  Congratulations, Brian!

The Kansas City Golf Association, based in Overland Park, Kansas, has promoted Doug Doug HabelHabel from its director of rules and competitions to be the association’s new Executive Director effective last month.  The opening was created upon the departure of Matt Williams for the Executive Director post with the George State Golf Association.  Doug has been working for several years in the golf industry as either an assistant golf pro or a golf administrator.  The KGA welcomes Doug to his new position and we look forward to working with him!

For the second year of the highly successful junior golf skills event - Drive, Chip and Putt – the organization has announced an expanded national qualifying site schedule including two Kansas area sites of June 8th at Sand Creek Station GC in Newton and July 20th at Fred Arbanas GC in Lee’s Summit, MO.    The sub-regional will again be held at Tiffany Greens GC in Kansas City, MO.  Parents interested in entering their child in the golf skills competition can get more information at www.drivechipandputt.com.   For those participants that qualify at the sub-regional a trip to Augusta National Golf Club awaits!