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Kansas Golf Associaition

News for 2016 KGA Championships


Championship schedule --  KJGA-Junior Golf schedule
KGA Senior Series schedule --  KGA Mid-Amateur Series schedule

The Kansas Golf Association is excited to present the 2016 KGA championships schedule!  We encourage you to review the following changes and additions as you prepare your competition schedule for this year.


The Heart of America Four-Ball Championship and the Kansas Four-Ball Championship


The Kansas Golf Association and the Kansas City Golf Association jointly announced last month that the two amateur golf associations will combine resources to offer a “new and reformatted” Heart of America Four-Ball Championship, which will be held at Milburn Country Club, August 8-10.  Each association will qualify 16 four-ball teams.  The 32 teams will be seeded into a single-elimination match play tournament bracket with KGA teams on the right side of the bracket and the KCGA teams on the left side of the bracket.  The match play only event will have two rounds on both day one and day two, leaving one team from each association to play the 36-hole final match.   The entry fee for the Heart of America Four-Ball will be $200 per team (golf carts will be allowed, but the cost is not included in the entry fee).

Each association will conduct its own qualifying event to determine the 16 teams for The Heart.  The KGA’s qualifying event will be the annual Kansas Four-Ball Championship to be conducted at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence on the weekend of June 11-12.  The Kansas Four-Ball will now be a 36-hole stroke play championship.  The entry fee is $300 per team with the use and cost of a golf cart included in the entry fee.   The Kansas Four-Ball will continue to offer a Masters Division for those teams that have both players at least 30 years old and who do not want to try to qualify for The Heart of America Four-Ball.

The KCGA’s qualifying event will be June 13-14 at two venues in the Kansas City metro.

A golfer’s residential address will determine which association is their “Heart” association.  Golfers residing in Johnson or Wyandotte County, Kansas or one of the three Missouri counties in the Kansas City metro will qualify at the KCGA event.  All other Kansas resident golfers will qualify at the Kansas Four-Ball.  Golfers from the Kansas City area that desire to play in the Kansas Four-Ball may do so but they will not be eligible for one of the 16 Heart of America Four-Ball qualifying spots (this would also apply to teams with “split residence” composition).   Golfers who live outside of Kansas or the Kansas City metro may select either qualifying event.

Please address your questions on the Heart of America Four-Ball and the Kansas Four-Ball to Kim Richey at kim@kansasgolf.org.


Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship


The 106th Kansas Amateur will return to The Golf Club of Southwind this year with an expanded field of 312 contestants.  No qualifiers will be held in 2016.  The championship field will be those players having earned an exemption in 2015 and then the best handicap indexes of the remaining entered players until the total of 312 players is reached.  Those entrants outside the top 312 will be placed on an alternates list.

All players in the championship field will play 36-holes of stroke play with one round at The Golf Club at Southwind and one round at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.  A practice round will be offered for each golf course.   The entry fee is $200 for all entrants.

This two-course format is planned only for the 2016 Kansas Amateur.  The KGA will return to the traditional one-course format in 2017 when the championship will be conducted at Kansas City Country Club.   This is an excellent opportunity for all Kansans to participate in our premier amateur golf championship!


Mid-Amateur Team/Senior Team Championships

This dual championship will be played at Lawrence Country Club, May 2-3 with a new and exciting format.   Participants should be ready for THREE rounds of golf over two days!  The total field size will be limited to 52 two-man teams (a target of 26 teams in each championship, but if one does not fill up, the other championship will assume the additional spots).

All teams will play a Foursomes round in the morning of the first day.   This will be the true “alternate shot” format.  Since each group will only have two balls in play, the pace with teams in golf carts will be very quick.  This will make it possible for all teams to then play an afternoon round using the Modified Chapman Alternate Shot format.  The third round will be four-ball on day two.

Since the field size is limited, interested teams are encouraged to enter early to secure a spot in the field.


Kansas Cup

This popular club team competition returns for the 23rd year.  Teams are placed in divisions of four teams to play home-and-home matches against the other teams in the division.   Division winners (plus some wild card teams) advance to the play-offs with the top four teams participating in a two-day finals at a neutral site.

For 2016 there will be no divisions less or more than four teams.   In other words, the final roster of entered teams will be a number divisible by four.   There is a possibility that some teams that wait to complete an entry will not be accepted and placed in a division.

Teams (and captains) are strongly encouraged to submit the club’s entry as soon as possible in order to secure a divisional assignment.  Entry is accepted via online entry or by downloading the Kansas Cup entry form from the KGA website.

 

The remainder of the KGA’s championship schedule will continue to provide several opportunities for amateur golfers of all age groups to compete at both gross and net competitions.  The Railer, the Konza Prairie Amateur and the High Plains Amateur provide all golfers weekend opportunities to compete within age group divisions.  Outstanding venues will host the Father-Son (Topeka Country Club), the Senior Amateur (Alvamar Country Club), the Senior Four-Ball (Sand Creek Station) and the Mid-Amateur (Firekeeper).

Entries for all KGA championships, KGA Senior Series and KGA Mid-Amateur Series events will open on February 1st.  It’s going to be a great year – hope you’re a part of it!