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Robert Dare, former Kansas Amateur Champion, passes at age 88


Kansas amateur golf was in its “golden era” during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.  During that time at least a dozen prominent names played for the top honors in Kansas.  Bobby Dare of Wellington, Kansas was one of those top players.  Many of the names of that era turned pro (Johnny Stevens, Grier Jones, Jim Colbert, Monty Kaser), but Dare stayed home, raised a family and worked for decades for the yearbook and class ring company Jostens.

Bobby Dare passed away on August 29th.  Except for the last few years, he was a daily fixture at Wellington Golf Course during his retirement.

His greatest accomplishment in Kansas golf was winning the 1969 Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita.  He won the final match over Denny Payne and he was also the Medalist in the stroke play qualifying for the match play bracket.   Ten years earlier in 1959, Dare was the Runner-up.   Ironically, the championship was played at Rolling Hills that year as well.   He lost to powerhouse amateur Bob Vickers in the final match.

Bobby Dare was also an active volunteer for the Kansas Golf Association.  He served as a director on the board for many years and also served a term as the KGA’s president from 1969-1972.

Men like Bobby Dare were instrumental in building the strong foundation for amateur golf in Kansas.