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The KGA and Kansas Golfers Lose One of Its Best in Larry Barrett


The 4th of July is a day of national celebration for Americans.  But, for this summer it was a day of sadness and fond memories for KGA staff, volunteers and Kansas golfers of their friend Larry Barrett who died while doing one of the two things he enjoyed most – working in the yard.  The other, of course, was playing golf.

Born and raised in Missouri, educated in Colorado, and living a successful married and family life in Colby, Kansas, Larry was involved in many local and state issues and organizations.  But for the KGA and the golf world, Larry was best known for his countless contribution to the game as a highly regarded rules official.  He was a fixture at events conducted by the Kansas Golf Association, the United States Golf Association, the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association and the Big 12 Conference.   He annually attended a rules of golf workshop and always had a goal of making a perfect score of 100 on the exam.  He never did, but a 99 was a frequent result!

Larry served on the KGA board of directors for over 15 years.  He was elected by his peers as president of the KGA.  After his term of service in governance of the KGA, he then served on the Board of Trustees of the Kansas Golf Foundation, helping that body to raise money for college scholarships awarded to Kansas junior golfers.

In recognition of his contribution to the game of golf and those who play the game, the KGA award Larry it’s highest honor for a volunteer – the Virgil Parker Award.

Living in Colby and travelling the State of Kansas from Kansas City to Garden City and beyond to lend his positive outlook and golf rules expertise to thousands of golfers over hundreds of rounds, Larry Barrett was an important figure.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to his wife of 53 years, Sarah Jane, who willingly shared this wonderful man with us!