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It was an eventful first year for Central Links Golf, the newly merged association between the former Kansas City Golf Association and Kansas Golf Association. Despite the pandemic, the association saw a record number of golfers registered for events.
Players of the Year have been determined for the 2020 season. It was a hard-fought battle between many golfers for their titles. Players of the Year are decided based on performance at events and points earned. Points lists can be found here>>
Men’s Players of the Year
Kansas City Men’s Player of the Year, Kansas Player of the Year, and Kansas Mid-Am Player of the Year – Park Ulrich
In Kansas City:
Park Ulrich was the runaway winner of the 2020 KC Amateur Player of the Year. Park finished over 500 points ahead of this year’s runner up. Park started his run in June by finishing 3rd in the Kansas City Four-ball Championship which he and his partner turned into a Heart America Four-ball Championship in September at Lawrence Country Club. In July, Colbert Hills was the site of his first title in 2020, the Kansas Amateur. Park claimed the trophy after an impressive run through a strong field. Just two weeks later he finished 4th at the Kansas City Amateur Championship. Park made a deep run in the KC Match Play championship before another top-6 finish at the Kansas Mid-Amateur championship in late October. Park also qualified for his first USGA Championship this year when he and is partner were medalists at the US Four-ball Qualifier at Canyon Farms. He will play in the championship at Chambers Bay in May.
Ulrich became the first player to claim both the Kansas Player of the Year and Kansas Mid-Amateur Player of the Year in the same year in 2020. Ulrich dominated the Kansas golf scene in both individual and team competitions. On the team competition side, Ulrich was part of two winning teams at the Heart of America Four-Ball Match Play Finals with Davis Cooper in August and the Mid-Amateur Team in September with Doug Albers. Ulrich captured the 110th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship in July at Colbert Hills. Ulrich also recorded a runner-up finish at the Kansas City Amateur in August and a top ten finish at the Kansas Mid-Amateur in October to round out his dominating season.
Kansas City Senior Men’s Player of the Year – Steve Groom
Steve Groom has been one of the top players in Kansas City for many years. Steve claimed yet another Senior Player of the Year title in 2020. Steve won two major titles in 2020: the KC Amateur Championship and the KC Senior Match Play Championship. In addition to multiple top 3 finishes in StateLine events, he had a strong top 10 finish in the Kansas Senior Amateur Championship in August.
Kansas Senior Men’s Player of the Year – Sean Thayer
Garden City’s Sean Thayer captured the 2020 Kansas Senior Player of the Year award by edging two time defending Senior Player of the Year Greg Goode of Salina in a very close points race that came down to the final event of the season. Thayer recorded victories at the Konza Prairie Amateur in June, Senior Series Championship in September and teamed with Greg Goode to take the Kansas Four-Ball Masters Division title in June. Thayer also posted top five finishes at the Kansas Senior Amateur, High Plains Amateur and the Railer Stroke Play Championship. Thayer also was medalist at six Senior Series events and posted top ten finishes in seven others. In the season ending Kansas Mid-Amateur, Thayer tied for low senior honors with Greg Goode to take the 2020 Kansas Senior Player of the Year crown by a slim 24 point margin over Goode.
Women’s Players of the Year
Senior Women’s Player of the Year – Martha Linscott
Martha Linscott wasted no time garnering her first Senior Women’s Player of the Year Award after becoming eligible only this year. Linscott has been an exceptional competitor in this area for many years having competed in 11 USGA Championships in her career, so this award is a fitting accomplishment.
She opened the season with a strong finish in the Kansas City Women’s Match Play Championship against a field of mostly collegiate players, advancing to the quarterfinals. She followed that performance with a 7th place finish at the Kansas Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. She was the only senior golfer to make the cut at The Prairie Invitational, earning her first Low Senior award at that championship. She cemented the award with her stellar play in September with a tie for 6th place at the North & South Senior Women’s Championship at Pinehurst, NC, and a victory at the Kansas Women’s Senior Championship at Manhattan CC. Congratulations Martha!
Women’s Player of the Year – Audrey Judd
The Women’s Player of the Year points list was surprisingly dominated by mid-amateurs. Audrey Judd of Olathe, Kansas narrowly edged fellow mid-amateur Katy Winters or Wichita, Kansas for the Player of the Year honors.
After taking a year off from competition after completing her collegiate eligibility at the University of Nebraska, Audrey Judd opened strong at the Kansas City Women’s Match Play. She was the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying round and advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Kansas Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Carmen Titus, in the round of 16. She just missed advancing to the semifinals with a 2&1 loss to active University of Kansas player and 2020 Missouri Women’s Amateur Champion, Abby Glynn. She followed that performance with a T3 at the Kansas Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, earning a spot in The Prairie Invitational. Her competition wrapped up with a Runner-Up performance at The Prairie Invitational in what was a very strong field of golfers including the best collegiate players and mid-ams from the entire region. Congratulations Audrey!
Junior Players of the Year
Boys Player of the Year – Davis Cooper
The 2020 Junior Boys Player of the Year is Davis Cooper of Overland Park, Kansas. Cooper had a fantastic season that was highlighted by a victory in the Kansas City Junior Championship and Heart of America Four-Ball Championship with his partner Park Ulrich. Cooper finished runner-up in the Kansas Junior Amateur at Salina Municipal and finished as a quarterfinalist in both the KC Junior Match Play and Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship at Colbert Hills. He finished out his summer season as a pivotal member of the KS/NE Junior Cup team that defeated Nebraska at Prairie Dunes CC. We wish Davis all the best as he has joined the Kansas University’s Men’s Golf team this fall and embarks on his college golf career!
Girls Player of the Year – Julia Misemer
The 2020 Junior Girls Player of the Year is Julia Misemer of Overland Park, Kansas. Misemer had another strong season this year, winning the Kansas City Junior Championship at Swope Memorial and defending her 6A State Championship title at Hesston Golf Course by four shots. Misemer also placed tied for third at the 2020 North & South Junior Championship at Pinehurst and finished third at the Kansas Junior Amateur Championship. She capped off a great summer by qualifying for the 2021 Women’s Four-Ball Championship with partner Brooke Biermann and was an important member of the 2020 Mid-America Junior Cup team that recently retained the Cup against St. Louis. Julia is in her junior year of high school at Blue Valley West and we can’t wait to see what she does next season!
The Quarantine Quiz is a challenging set of Rules situations presented each week to test all Rules officials and players alike. Todd Stice and Taylor Albritton hold a weekly webinar open to anyone to review the answers and interact with any questions attendees may have.
Check out all the Quarantine Quizzes and the weekly review webinars.
Video: Review of Quiz # 1 — LIVE March 27, 2:00 PM
Video: Review of Quiz # 2 — LIVE April 3, 2:00 PM
Video: Review of Quiz # 3 — LIVE April 9, 2:00 PM
Video: Review of Quiz # 4 — LIVE April 17, 2:00 PM
Video: Review of Quiz # 5 — LIVE April 24, 2:00 PM
Video: Review of Quiz # 6 — LIVE May 1, 2:00 PM
Video: Review of Quiz # 7 — LIVE May 8, 2:00 PM
Join us for women’s golf conversations, virtually.
We are feeling the itch to get out and play some golf, however, we know that might not be possible for most women throughout KC and KS.
We will be hosting a weekly webchat with Central Links Golf staff and area female golf professionals covering all things golf – Rules, Handicapping, swing tips, fitness, stretching, drills, and more. Get your golf on with our golf nerds.
Sally Krystyn – Tuesday, March 31
Courtney Mahon – Tuesday, April 7
Penny Hickman – Tuesday, April 13
Kristen Samp – Tuesday, April 21
Wendi Brandt – Tuesday, April 28
Registration is free. All webinars will be held from 9:30-10:15 AM
Session One Recap
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Red & Yellow Penalty Areas
Back on the Line Relief Procedure
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Session Two Recap
Session Three Recap
Session Four Recap
Session Five Recap
The USGA announced this afternoon that scores with any modified hole are permissible and should be posted for handicap purposes. This announcement comes in response to the many different safety measures golf facilities are taking at this time. These recommendations will be in effect throughout the United States until further notice by the USGA.
Click here for Covid-19 Rules and Handicapping FAQs. (Includes information regarding bunkers/bunker rakes, scorecards, local rules regarding the flagstick, etc.)
Breaking Down Registration One Step at a Time
Do You Have an Active GHIN Number?
To be eligible to play in any CLG events, players must have an active GHIN number. Players can get a GHIN number through their golf club or through an online eClub.
For instructions on how to get/renew a GHIN number through our various eClubs, visit here: https://www.golfnations.com/central-links-golf/
When doing so, please make sure to select the eClub that matches the county/zip code you live in. Under each option a drop down will allow you to see what counties are associated with each eClub.
To renew your GHIN number at your local golf club, contact the pro shop directly.
Log In to Your Player Profile in Golf Genius
In order to register for tournaments, players must have a player profile through our tournament management program called Golf Genius. If you played in CLG events before, your log in information will be the same as last year.
To access the player profile registration page, visit here: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/1297184
If you did not have a profile with CLG, you will need to register and create a player profile using your GHIN number and last name.
Once you have filled out the required fields, click “Register”. At this point, players will need to read through the CLG and USGA Terms and Conditions. Click the two boxes to show that you acknowledge each Terms & Conditions and click “Next”.
Please read over the instructions on the registration page if unsure about what to do or contact a CLG staff member at (913)-649-5242 or (785)-842-4833 so you don’t accidentally create a duplicate profile.
Purchase a Membership Program
If you plan to play on any of our various tour programs such as Stateline Amateur, Senior Series, Mid-Am Series or Junior Tour, you must first register for that membership program before tournaments are available to you. Below are the fees for each membership program. Click on the name of the program to learn more about it before registering.
Once you have completed your player profile or are logged in under your old profile, click on the Purchase Membership Program tab. You will see all five of our membership programs listed. Click the “Add to Cart” button next to the membership program you would like to play on.
A “Membership Programs Cart” button will appear in the right-hand corner prompting you to “Click to Checkout”. It will ask you for information in order to bill for payment. Once you have completed the information and billing tabs, you will successfully be signed up for your membership program.
If you have questions regarding a membership program, please reach out to a staff member before signing up for it.
Todd Stice – Stateline Amateur Tour – firstname.lastname@example.org
Casey Old – Mid Amateur Series and Senior Series – email@example.com
Taylor Albritton – KC Junior Tour and KS Junior Tour – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Up for Individual Tournaments
To sign up for individual events, hover your mouse over the “Register for Events” tab. Under this tab, you will see a list of categories for all our events. You can search for an event based on category such as Juniors or Men’s events or you can click on “All Events”. On this page, you will be able to scroll and see every event the CLG will host this season.
Find the specific event you want to register for and click on the name of the event. It will take you to an information page, where you will see a “Register Now For ____” button on the left margin. Click “New Registration” on the following page and follow the instructions for that event.
Continue this process for each event you wish to register for. If you try to sign up for a junior tour event or a senior series event without first purchasing the membership program you will not be able to sign up for an individual tournament.
Sign Up for Team Events
When signing up for team events, both players must have a player profile in order to enter the event properly.
Contact the CLG Staff with Any Questions
Give us a call at (913) 649-5242 or (785) 842-4833. Any extension will be available to help you with this process. We look forward to a great 2021 season!
By Taylor Albritton, KCGA Boatwright Intern
The 2018 Kansas City Match Play Championship kicked off Friday, May 18th with a full field of 78 players teeing it up at Swope Memorial Golf Course.
With a beautiful opening day and optimal conditions, the golfers fought for the chance to make match play after 18 holes of stroke-play qualifying Friday morning. The top 32 scores advanced to match play later that afternoon with the cut line at 75 (+3). Five players carded a 75 on their round tied at 29th and a playoff was required to narrow down the field. Five players went off at #5 at Swope Memorial, battling for four spots left for match play.
Mark Terranova, Blake Mullen, Scott Schaeffer, Ritch Nigh, and Alex Downing fought through a 3 hole playoff, and ultimately Alex Downing was left on the outside looking in. Some other featured names who made match play include Ryne Fisher, Matt Kelley, Luke Lutgen, and defending champion Travis Mays.
With the match play field set, the round of 32 began Friday afternoon. As the 32 seed, Terranova pulled off the upset by defeating the 1 seed, Park Ulrich. A few other upsets included Ryne Fisher, 24 seed, over Ryan Faherty, 7 seed, and Blake Mullen, 30 seed, over Nick Nash, 3 seed.
The round of 16 began Saturday morning after a two hour rain delay. Terranova and Mullen continued their upset bids by beating Jim Seward, the 16 seed and Luke Horseman, the 19 seed. Cam Wiltse took out Doug Albers 3 and 2 and the round of 16 saw defending champion Travis Mays lose to Jay Gregory 6 and 5.
The quarterfinals began that afternoon between the top 8. Terranova went up against Jeff Mason and secured a spot in the semi-finals 2 and 1. Cam Wiltse defeated Jay Gregory 4 and 2 while Michael Madrigal took out Blake Allen 2 and 1. The last quarterfinal match between Jackson Foth and Blake Mullen was decided handily by Foth 7 and 6.
Championship Sunday began after another brief weather delay in the morning. Mark Terranova went up against Cam Wiltse in the first semi-final match of the day. Wiltse struggled on the opening few holes, and Terranova took advantage. Never losing his lead, Terranova won his way to the championship match 3 and 2.
The second semi-final match between Michael Madrigal and Jackson Foth saw a competitive first nine. Both players battled back and forth, but Foth ultimately made the turn at 1 up after a birdie on #9. After a few mistakes by Madrigal on the back nine, Foth came out on top 4 and 2 with five birdies and an eagle on his round.
The championship match was set between Mark Terranova, the 32 seed, and Jackson Foth, the 22 seed. Foth got off to a early lead after three birdies in a row. Terranova continued to fight back throughout the front nine, but after a couple more birdies, Foth made the turn at 2 up. Terranova and Foth were step for step through the first four holes on the back nine. After a bogey on 14 by Terranova, Foth saw himself 3 up with four holes to go. After a great 20-foot birdie make on the Par-3, 16th, Foth became the 2018 Kansas City Match Play Champion at 3 and 2.
Both players played great golf all weekend, along with the many others who joined us for this weekend. It was a great championship, and a big congratulations to the new KC Match Play Champion: Jackson Foth.
As always we couldn’t do any of this without the many volunteers who help us as well as Swope Memorial Golf Course for hosting. We can’t wait to see everyone back next year!
As we begin our 103rd year of supporting amateur golf in the Kansas City Metro, the Kansas City Golf Association is pleased to announce the 2015 Competitions schedule is now available on our website at www.kansascitygolfer.org. Tournament registrations will open on March 3rd, 2015 at 10:00am. Please contact the KCGA office at (913) 649-5242 with any questions related to KCGA competitions.
The 100th Kansas City Match Play Championship will be held at Swope Memorial Golf Course May 8th-10th. The Kansas City Match Play is one of the longest running championships in the area and has a long list of notable champions, including Tom Watson in 1964 and 1967. Phil Bartimus is the defending champion.
The Kansas City Junior Championship is the premier junior tournament in the Kansas City area. This year’s championship will be conducted at Prairie Highlands on June 2nd and 3rd, and the event will identify the best junior golfers, both boys and girls, in the region. The boys’ champion will receive an exemption into the 2015 Watson Challenge, under residency requirements. The defending KC Junior champions are Eric Pahls and India Gaume.
The 9th Watson Challenge will be conducted at Mission Hills Country Club on June 12th,13th & 14th. Last year’s champion, Robert Streb, is in 2nd place in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup points standings at the time of this writing and has been a PGA Tour winner at The McGladrey Classic in October 2014. The Watson Challenge offers the strongest field of amateur and professional golfers in the Kansas City area. Proceeds from The Watson Challenge benefit The First Tee of Greater Kansas City.
The Prairie Invitational, formerly The Women’s Amateur of Kansas City, is the region’s top event for both amateurs and professionals. The 2015 event will be played at Staley Farms Golf Club on June 30th and July 1st. The event was renamed The Prairie Invitational in 2014 with the intent to identify the Best Female Golfer in the Midwest, whether amateur or professional. Catherine Dolan was the first Prairie Invitational Open champion with a two-under-par 142 total.
The Kansas City Amateur Championship will be held at Shoal Creek Golf Course on July 17th through July 19th. The Kansas City Amateur is a three-day, 54-hole stroke play event aimed to determine the best amateur player in the Kansas City area. PGA Tour player Gary Woodland is among the list of notable champions. Zac Dittmer is the reigning KC Amateur Champion.
StateLine Amateur Tour
The StateLine Amateur Tour is a great opportunity for amateurs in the Kansas City regional golf community to compete on some of the best courses in the area in an atmosphere similar to inside the ropes at a big-time tour event or national amateur championship. All events are one day, 18-hole competitions. The StateLine Amateur Tour has eleven events on the schedule featuring different divisions of play. This year’s tour schedule is highlighted by events at Loch Lloyd Country Club, Blue Hills Country Club, The Nicklaus Club at Lionsgate, and Lake Quivira Country Club.
Kansas City Junior Tour
The Kansas City Junior Tour provides opportunities for varying levels of junior golfers. Two flights separate the Kansas City Junior Tour – the Prep division and the Players division. Junior golfers ages 9-12 may compete in the Prep division, which plays nine holes at each of the events. Junior golfers ages 13 and older may participate in the Players division, which plays eighteen holes at each event. The Players division is divided into flights for boys/girls ages 13-15 and boys/girls ages 16 and over and boys varsity. This year’s Tour Championship will be at Shadow Glen Golf Club.
The KCGA hopes all golfers in the Kansas City Metro will consider competing in a KCGA-sponsored event and support The First Tee and golf in the Kansas City area by attending The Watson Challenge as a spectator.