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Former KGA President and long-time volunteer Miles Nichols passes away


Former KGA President and long-time volunteer Miles Nichols passed away on January 25th at the age of 83.

Golf was a large part of the life story for Miles.  He was an original member of Wolf Creek Golf Links which was founded in 1971.  As a leader at that club he was an ideal choice to serve as its representative on the board of directors of the Kansas Golf Association.  Miles was first elected to the KGA board in 1991 and ultimately he was elected its President in 2004 and served a one-year term.

“Miles was the face of the KGA for many years,” recalls Kim Richey, KGA Executive Director. “For events in the northeast part of Kansas, Miles was always our Starter.  He set the tone for the day with the players.  He was always welcoming and fun.  He did his job in an efficient and professional manner but he always made the guys feel good – which for some with the ‘first-tee jitters’ was a blessing.”

Miles volunteered his time with the KGA through the 2013 golf season when he had to admit that the long hours standing at the first tee was a bit too difficult.  That would have been over 20 years of service to golfers in Kansas.  The number of golfers he met and announced at the tee would be easily in the thousands.  Hundreds of them would consider Miles to have been their friend.

A memorial service for Miles T. Nichols will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21st at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Chapel, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

According to the family, Miles had left directions that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Kansas Golf Foundation (1201 Wakarusa Drive, Suite B5, Lawrence, KS 66049).

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Obituary

Miles T. Nichols, 83, Lenexa, KS passed away January 25, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Miles was born October 26, 1931 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He attended Hale Cook Grade school and was a Cub Scout and Eagle Scout in Troop 50, and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He graduated from Shawnee Missouri Rural High School (now North). He began his studies at KU in 1948 where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and was Rush Chairman in 1951. Miles graduated from KU, January 17th, 1953, and was drafted into the Army where he served two years. He retired in 1995 after 40 years in the general insurance business.

Miles became a board member of the Kansas City, Missouri Junior Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of the Miss Kansas City Pageant. He was also president of the Delta Tau Delta Alumni Association, KC Golf Association, KC Breakfast Club, and the Kansas Golf Association where he spent 20 plus years as a starter for the Kansas Golf Association events.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years Sandra Myer Nichols. Miles is survived by his two sons Kevin and Gregory Nichols, and by his former wife Sue Nichols.