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Kansas Golfer Online - February 2019


Foundation Tee Time Auction Opens March 1

Mark your calendars for March 1 – that’s when the 2019 KGF Tee Time Auction opens. And that’s when you’ll have a chance to win a round of golf AND help our Kansas junior golfers go to college.

Winning bidders in our annual Tee Time Auction will get to play golf at outstanding Kansas golf courses such as Prairie Dunes, Flint Hills National, Shadow Glen. So if you’re putting your 2019 golf schedule together and want to play one of these great courses, this is your chance.

Our 2019 auction offers some unique opportunities. If you’re interested in traveling, check out Ballyneal Golf Club package. Your foursome gets 2 days of unlimited golf and overnight lodging at Ballyneal in northeast Colorado. The Tom Doak-designed championship course (ranked #46 by Golf Digest for 2019), a superb par-3 course and a 1-acre putting course. It will be a world-class experience for the winning bidder.

If you want to see how a Tour pro plays, bid on the round of golf with Robert Streb, the PGA Tour winner and K-State alumnus. Last year’s winner of this item raved about the experience of playing with Robert!

And here’s the great part: the auction supports Kansas junior golfers, because all proceeds go to the Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship.  Each year, we give $30,000 in grants to 20 deserving junior golfers attending college in Kansas. Our scholarship really makes a difference, too. We all have heard about student debt increasing at an alarming rate. In Kansas, the average student graduates with student debt of over $27,000, so now, more than ever, Kansas students need financial help to pay for college.

Our auction site is mobile-friendly, making it easy to view and search the auction items, and receive automated bid updates. If you’re the successful bidder, you’ll be notified so that payment can be made securely online.

The auction will open at 8 am on Friday, March 1 and close at 5 pm on Friday, March 8. 9.  Click here to check out the auction website – and mark your calendar so you’ll be ready when the auction starts.


Junior Golf Scholarship Applications Available

Attention high school seniors!  The Kansas Junior Golf Scholarships is open to Kansas high school senior students who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited Kansas college or university following high school graduation.

The KWGA Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more Kansas high school seniors or graduates of a Kansas high school who are enrolled as a full-time student of an accredited college or university.

Deadline for application submission for both scholarships is March 29, 2019.  Winners will be announced in early May 2019.  Click here for more information and to fill out the scholarship applications.


Grier Jones to Retire Following 2019 Season

Wichita State men's head golf coach Grier Jones announced that he will retire at the end of the 2019 spring season. Jones will move into a volunteer assistant coach role for the 2019-20 season.

Jones is in his 24th season at the helm of the men's golf program, where he has obtained more conference championships and NCAA Regional appearances than any head coach in program history.

"We are extremely grateful to Grier for everything he has accomplished at Wichita State over the last 24 years," Wichita State Director of Athletics Darron Boatright said. "He has positively impacted our men's golf program and student-athletes in many ways and we wish him and his family the very best as they move on to the next stage of their life. We look forward to him being celebrated during this spring season for all of his career achievements."

Hired in 1995, Jones rejuvenated the men's golf program at Wichita State.

Jones, the 13-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, has led Wichita State to 15 conference championships and helped take the Shockers' success to the national stage. Wichita State made 13 NCAA Regional appearances under Jones, with the Shockers advancing to the NCAA Championship in 2003 and 2004, their first appearance since 1979.

Jones was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 1996.  Click here to read more.