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Kansas Golf Associaition

Media Release


HISTORIC MERGER SET FOR JANUARY BETWEEN
THE KANSAS GOLF ASSOCIATION AND THE KANSAS WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

Lawrence, Kansas. November 10, 2017 – The two leading amateur golf associations serving Kansas golfers for over 100 years have announced plans to complete a full merger of their membership, operations, programs and services beginning on January 1st.

The Kansas Golf Association (KGA), founded in 1908, with executive offices in Lawrence, Kansas since 1985, will welcome the members and volunteers of the Kansas Women’s Golf Association (KWGA) into a joint effort to bring professionally administered golf programs, services and events to all amateur Kansas golfers of any age or ability through a complete merger of the two organizations on January 1st.   The KWGA was organized in 1915 and conducted its first state championship for women in 1919.  Over the decades the KWGA grew to provide golf handicap services to as many as 5,000 women golfers and to conduct an annual slate of championships and competitions for women, including senior and junior golfers.

The board of directors of the two Kansas golf associations met separately within the last two weeks and unanimously agreed to approve the written merger agreement which provides among many points that the merged association will be known as the Kansas Golf Association.   The KGA board of directors now has six new directors from the KWGA board and the last KWGA president, Jayne Clarke of Hays, Kansas, will be the KGA’s next treasurer.

The KGA will be soon moving its executive offices to Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence.  There a full-time and seasonal administrative staff, along with many volunteers throughout Kansas, will continue to bring exciting and competitive golf events and programs to golfers in the Sunflower State.   The merged KGA will have over 12,500 member golfers receiving handicap computation services and playing at over 160 member facilities.   Up to this year the KGA offered 18 multi-day amateur golf championships along with an extensive program for both junior and senior golfers.   Now, with the addition of the KWGA events, the annual days of competition will increase from 135 to over 170.

“The KGA is considered a small golf association by national standards, but we have always tried to act big in the way championships and programs are presented,” commented KGA Executive Director Kim Richey.  “Now with this historic merger, the KGA will reach all amateur golfers in Kansas and the opportunities will be great for everyone.”

Clarke, who was involved in the joint discussions leading to the merger agreement, commented that “the future of golf for women and girls in Kansas is a bright one and a much stronger one with this merger of the KWGA and the KGA.  The decision to merge was not made lightly by the KWGA membership, but made in the best interest of the individual golfer and volunteer.  Our membership is excited about all the possibilities that will come with a combined, staff supported golf association.”

In his first few days after being elected KGA president, Sean Thayer of Garden City, echoed the sentiment in saying that “all golfers of Kansas will benefit from the simplicity of one golf organization in our state, and while it will take several years to fully realize the synergies of this merger, there will be an immediate positive impact from the central administration of both men’s and women’s golf events statewide.”

This merger will result in more opportunities for volunteers to “give back to the game”, provide efficiency of administration and staffing, bring communication with Kansas golfers into a central source and eventually one website, and give member golf clubs a single location to seek year round service and assistance.

To learn more about the KGA, go to www.kansasgolf.org.   The KWGA’s website at www.kwga.org presents the association’s current information.