Thayer, Emerson Win Senior Series Titles

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Senior Cup Teams

The 2020 Senior Series program wrapped up on Tuesday with two wonderful days of weather at Firekeeper Golf Course.

Garden City’s Sean Thayer – Senior Champion

Garden City’s Sean Thayer continued his stellar play this year with another victory in the Senior Division. Thayer posted a final round 4-under par 68 to finish at 5-under par 139 total. Wichita’s Tracy Chamberlin took second at 2-under par 142 total. John Bailey, Michael Rack, Sam Walker and David Oetken rounded out the top five.

The 2020 Ozark Senior Challenge cup team was named following the Senior Series Championship. The Ozark Senior Challenge is an annual Ryder Cup style team event against the Missouri Golf Association for players age 50 to 64. The 2020 competition will be held at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club in Joplin, MO on October 13-15. Click the link above to see the gross and net qualifiers and the captain picks.

In the Super Senior Division, Baldwin City’s John Emerson claimed his first tournament title. Emerson’s final round 3-under par 69 elevated him to the top after finishing at 1-under par 143 total. Basehor’s Sam VanLandingham finished two shots back. Doug Kaup, Joe Rothwell and Tom Nielsen all tied for third place.

Baldwin City’s John Emerson – Super Senior Champion

The 2020 Association Senior Cup team was named for the Super Senior Division following the Senior Series Championship as well. The Association Senior Cup is an annual Ryder Cup style team event against the Missouri Golf Association for players age 65 & older. The 2020 competition will be held at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club in Joplin, MO on October 13-15. Click the link above to see the gross and net qualifiers and the captain picks.

Champions Crowned at Mid-Am Team/Sr Team Championships

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A full field of teams battled tough playing conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday at the 2020 Mid-Am Team & Senior Team Championships at Falcon Lakes Golf Club in Basehor.  Warm summer conditions gave way to cold, overcast and damp conditions during opening day of the championship and persisted until the final putt was holed at the 54-hole event.

In the Mid-Am Team, Overland Park’s Park Ulrich and Leawood’s Doug Albers teamed up for the first time and put together a dominating performance of the rest of the field of teams.  Ulrich and Albers finished at 18-under par which was good for a nine shot victory over the teams of Matt Kelley/Jordan Smith and Pete Krsnich/Tyler Chapman. 

It was the third championship of the 2020 season for Ulrich who captured the 110th Kansas Amateur in July and the Heart of America Four-Ball last week with partner Davis Cooper.  It was the second time that Albers has won the Mid-Am Team.  He won the 2010 event with partner Jason Seeman.

In the Senior Team Championship, the Wichita duo of Tracy Chamberlin & Michael Holloway edged Brian Burris & Randy Vautravers by one shot.  Chamberlin/Holloway finished at 10-under par 206 for the 54-hole championship. 

In the Super Senior Division, past champions Tom Bachelor & Gary Roles partnered up for an eight shot win.  Bachelor/Roles finished at 14-under par 202 total.  Greg Goode & Don Kuehn finished in second at 6-under par 210.

Thank you to the membership and staff at Falcon Lakes Golf Club for hosting the rescheduled 2020 championship.  We look forward to seeing everyone in Wichita in May 2021 for the Mid-Am Team & Senior Team Championship!

Ulrich and Cooper win HOA Four-Ball

A great two days of competition at Lawrence Country Club concluded today with the team of Park Ulrich and Davis Cooper winning the Heart of America Four-Ball Championship. Ulrich and Cooper defeated the team of Zach Sokolosky and Grant Herrenbruck in the final match by a result of 4&3. The final match was an intense one, highlighted by the exciting finish – on hole 14, a drivable par 4, Grant Herrenbruck made a birdie but was matched by Davis Cooper with a chip-in, which kept the side of Ulrich and Cooper 3UP at that point. On the 15th hole, which ended up being the final hole, Davis Cooper continued his momentum by holing a 20-footer for birdie to close out the match. After the round, Ulrich and Cooper was ecstatic to have won: “I’m so glad we won – I’ve wanted to win this event real bad, it’s one I haven’t won, so for Davis and I to come out on top was awesome”, Park Ulrich told us.

In Tuesday’s round of 16 and round of 8 matches, the team of Ulrich/Cooper defeated the team of Flanagan/Kagy by a result of 3&1, followed by a 3&2 victory over the team of S. Mason/Sapporito. The team of Herrenbruck/Sokolosky defeated the team of Hermeston/Wiltse by a result of 3&2, followed by another 3&2 victory over the team of Grove/Williams.

In the semifinal matches on Wednesday morning, the team of Ulrich/Cooper won their match by a result of 2&1 over the team of Clifford/Frederes in style, with Davis Cooper chipping in for a birdie on the 17th hole to close out the match. In the other semifinal match, the team of Herrenbruck/Sokolosky defeated the team of McHenry/Beckler by a result of 2&1 in a round that included 7 birdies and an eagle made by the winning squad of Herrenbruck/Sokolosky.

Thank you to Lawrence Country Club and all our volunteers for making this event possible! To view the final results, click here:

Hillier Wins High Plains Amateur


University of Kansas golfer Harry Hillier took the 2020 High Plains Amateur Championship on Sunday at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City. Hillier, a native of New Zealand, used a final round 6-under par 66 to best the field on his way to victory. Hillier finished the 36-hole championship at 7-under par 137 total.

2019 High Plains Amateur champion and Washburn University golfer Andrew Beckler of Topeka finished in the runner-up position. KU golfer Sion Audrain, Manhattan mid-am Brian Fehr and Washburn golfer Dawson Wills rounded out the top five in the Open Division.

In the Masters Division, Wakeeney’s Justin Sherfick posted a final round 5-under par 67 to take the division championship by two shots over past champion Sean Robertson of Salina.

In the Senior Division, Salina’s Greg Goode continued his winning ways with a two shot victory of Garden City’s Sean Thayer.

Thank you to the full field of players and to the staff at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course for hosting the 2020 championship! We look forward to seeing everyone at Mariah Hills Golf Course in Dodge City for the 2021 High Plains Amateur.

Jolliffe, Goode Take Kansas Senior Amateur Titles

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Wichita’s Mark Jolliffe added his name to the Dick Scholfield Trophy by besting the full field of players at the 40th Kansas Senior Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Crestview Country Club (North Course). Jolliffe, 51, posted rounds of 73-68–141 to edge 2019 Senior Amateur Champion Michael Holloway and 2015 Senior Amateur Champion Tim McKinnis by a single shot. Garden City’s Sean Thayer and Wichita’s Steve Newman rounded out the top five.

In the Super Senior Division, Salina’s Greg Goode added to his trophy case with another championship win. Goode, the 2018 & 2019 Kansas Senior Player of the Year and 2018 Kansas Super Senior Amateur Champion lapped the field for a three shot win. Goode posted rounds of 72-69–141 to win by three shots over Council Grove’s Tim Tyner. Lawrence’s Dick Stuntz took third in the Super Senior division.

Thank you to the membership and staff at Crestview Country Club for hosting the 40th Kansas Senior Amateur! We look forward to seeing everyone at Falcon Lakes Golf Club in 2021 for the 41st Kansas Senior Amateur.

Stous Wins Prairie Invitational

The weather couldn’t stop Rachel Stous from winning The Prairie Invitational on Wednesday.

Rachel Stous, Topeka, was crowned as the 2020 Prairie Invitational Champion. She found herself coming from behind going into today’s round after an uncharacteristic 77 during round one.

The 2019 Player of the Year, opened her round with back-to-back birdies on holes one and two followed by two more birdies on the front nine. As she made the turn, Stous bogeyed hole 11 and followed up with birdies on 13 and 15. On the 17th hole, play was suspended due to weather; the rain delay did not slow her down. Once she was back on the course, Stous held a three-shot lead going into her last hole. Despite a bogey on the 18th hole, she finished her round three-under-par and won by two shots over Audrey Judd.

Judd had three consistent rounds shooting 75-75-73. As a member at Shadow Glen Golf Club, she certainly knew how to play the course. She made an impressive birdie on hole 18 today to finish in second place.

Megan Lucas also made a run for the title during her round. Lucas, a member of the Wichita State Women’s Golf Team, shot even-par today. Lucas shared third place with Katy Winters. Winters, a former golfer at The University of Kansas, also shot even par today. On her back nine, she made three birdies in a row on holes 15, 16, and 17.

Round two leader, Madison Slayton, finished tied for fifth with Gianna Augustine.

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Grant Wins Player’s Division

Round 2

The Player’s Division

Today marked the final round of the Player’s Division. After a great first round, Beth Grant found herself in the lead heading into round two.

“I was thinking that I needed to play an under control and consistent round today. My lead felt great at the time, but I had to remind myself that the tournament was far from over,” Grant said.

Grant and Sheri Rehmer tied after 36 holes with two-day-totals of 164. Grant made a long putt on the 18th hole to send her into a playoff with Rehmer.

“[Making that putt felt] exhilarating, I never felt anything like it before,” said Grant.

They headed back to the 18th tee to begin their playoff. Both hit the green on their third shots. Rehmer had a long putt that she left short and Grant nearly made her 15-foot putt. Rehmer missed her short put coming back, giving Grant the Player’s Title. Grant also won the KC Junior Match Play earlier in July, making this her second Central Links Golf Championship Title of the summer. This marked the first playoff in Player’s Division history.

Although Rehmer did not win the Gross Title, she did take the crown in the Net Division. “Today I just wanted to strike the ball well. Playing against myself. My drives put me into a position to attack most holes,” Rehmer said.

The Open Division

Madison Slayton shot 68 yesterday giving her the lead going into round two. This morning she had a few bogies but made up for them on her back nine, shooting 78. She is tied for the lead with Rosie Klausner. Consistency has been key for Klausner as she shot two rounds of 73.

Stacy Dennis fired a 71 (-1) during today’s round. Dennis, the Executive Director at the Texas Golf Association, had the only round under par carded for the day.

Home course favorite, Audrey Judd, also posted two solid rounds of 75, putting her in solo fourth place.

With a crowd tied for fifth, it’s really anyone’s chance for the title going into the final round tomorrow.

Note: there was a cut for the Open Division after Round 2 that included the low 18 players & ties.

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Slayton Fires 68 in Round One at The Prairie Invitational

The Open Division

OLATHE, KS – Madison Slayton, Wichita, leads The Prairie Invitational after Round One of three. Slayton opened her round with a birdie and never slowed down. She birdied holes 10, 13, and 14 on the back nine. She made an uncharacteristic bogey on 15 and followed it up with another birdie on the 16th hole.

“A lot of my birdies came from making some good putts, but I think my birdie on 13 stood out the most. Going into the round, I knew par was going to be a good score on that hole, so to birdie it was a plus,” Slayton said. She totaled six birdies on her day, shooting 68 (-4).

Four golfers are tied for second place with rounds of 73 (+1). Bri Bolden, Mokena, IL, had a consistent birdie to bogey ratio throughout her round. Rosie Klausner, Olathe, had a steady round making two birdies on her day. Anna Jensen’s, Dubuque, IA, round was highlighted by six birdies. Olivia Sobaski, Sedalia, MO, shot one-under on the front nine and held strong on the back despite two bogeys.

2019 Kansas Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Katy Winters, holds solo-sixth after shooting a round of 74 (+2). Winters, a resident of Andover, made four birdies on her day. Most notably, back-to-back birdies on holes 7 and 8.

The Player’s Division

The Kansas City Girl’s Match Play Champion, Beth Grant, finds herself in the lead after shooting 78. Grant had three birdies on her round.

Barbara Cusick, Prairie Invitational Committee Member, is tied for second place with Sheri Rehmer, shooting 83.

Sarah Brookfield, Prairie Invitational Committee Member, made a Hole-In-One on the 8th hole. Brookfield is in 17th place.

Play will begin at 7:30 AM on Tuesday.

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Support Youth on Course on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, no matter who or where we are.

GivingTuesday will start on Tuesday, May 5th to bring together the community and inspire millions of people worldwide to volunteer, perform acts of kindness, and donate their voices, time, money and goods. On the last GivingTuesday, December 3, 2019, the global giving day generated $2 billion on giving, just in the United States.

This campaign is taking place from its regular scheduled annual event on December 3rd as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Central Links Golf urges golf lovers and supporters to take this opportunity to give to our local golf programs such as Youth on Course – a great junior golf program designed to allow kids to play at participating golf courses for $5.

You can support Youth on Course in Kansas City by donating to the Golf Foundation of KC here. You can also donate via check.

During a time where everyone is affected and experiencing effects from this global pandemic, we can use this opportunity to remain connected through generosity.

For more information on the #GivingTuesday campaign, please see here.

USGA | Announcement

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 to view the USGA Announcement.

Click here for Covid-19 Rules and Handicapping FAQs. (Includes information regarding bunkers/bunker rakes, scorecards, local rules regarding the flagstick, etc.)

Coronavirus Press Release

March 20, 2020 

Central Links Golf Community –  

At this time, the Board of Directors and staff for Central Links Golf have decided to suspend competitive golf activity though May 17th

This includes the following events: 

  • Kansas Senior Series/Mid-Am Series at Crestview (North) – April 13 
  • Kansas Senior Series/Mid-Am Series at Crestview (South) – April 14 
  • Stateline Amateur Tour at Milburn – April 20 
  • Kansas Senior Series/Mid-Am Series at Ironhorse – April 29 
  • Kansas Senior Series/Mid-Am Series at Mission Hills – April 30 
  • Kansas Women’s Spring Triple Threat at Rolling Hills – May 4
  • Kansas Mid-Am Team & Senior Team Championships at Falcon Lakes – May 4-5 
  • Watson Challenge Qualifying at Stone Canyon – May 5 
  • Kanza Players Cup at Flint Hills National – May 11-13 
  • The Kansas Cup 
  • The Kansas City Cup 

The Kansas City Match Play Championship has been rescheduled for September 25-27 at Swope Memorial. We will make every effort to reschedule the remainder of the affected events. 

If you are currently registered for any of these events, please do not log in and withdraw. We will reach out with options to transfer your entry to another event or get a refund. 

It is with the health and safety of our players, volunteers and staff that we reluctantly make this decision. We will reevaluate in late-April to determine whether additional suspensions are necessary. 

In the meantime, we hope that you are getting out and supporting your golf facilities during these tough times. Here are some ways to keep yourself safe, while still enjoying the game: 

  • Stay at least 6-feet away from your playing partners
  • Walk and carry your own clubs, rather than ride 
  • If you must ride, sanitize the cart often 
  • Avoid touching the flagstick, bunker rakes, etc… 
  • Eliminate handshakes, high-fives and hugs 

Central Links Golf staff is still working (mostly from home), so please let us know if you have any questions or if we could help. 

Thank you for your support and patience, 

Doug Habel 

Executive Director 

Central Links Golf 

The Prairie Invitational 2020

The Prairie Invitational Committee has been hard at work planning for the 2020 championship and beyond.  They are announcing some changes to the tournament beginning with the 2020 championship which are designed to better align with the mission of the championship which is to “determine the best Female Golfer in the Midwest”.  The 2020 championship is scheduled at Shadow Glen Golf Club on July 27-29, 2020.  The changes in the championship are outlined as follows: 

  • The field is reduced to a total of 78 players
  • All play will be in starting times off the #1 and #10 tee beginning at 7:30am on July 27 and July 28; starting times on July 29 will all be off the #1 tee beginning at 7:30am 
  • All play will be in threesomes 
  • A Player’s Reception will take place on Sunday, July 26th in the evening 

These changes are designed to create a championship with the highest caliber players in the region while improving the player experience.  Golfers in the Players Division will all begin on the #1 tee on Tuesday and finish on #18 in true championship fashion. Awards for the Players Division will take place immediately following the completion of play on Tuesday, and the cut to the low 18 players and ties in the Open Division will be announced at that time as well. 

The Prairie Invitational Committee sent invitations to compete in the 2020 championship on February 1, 2020.  Registration will open on March 2, 2020.  The committee anticipates that the championship will fill within a few days of open registration.  Golfers who do not receive an invitation to compete may apply to play in the championship, and those applications will be reviewed beginning on June 1, 2020.  Places in the championship field will be allowed to applicants not on the invitation list if there is still space available in the tournament. 

The Prairie Invitational Committee will issue invitations to the 2020 championship based on the following criteria with the six-state area defined as Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oklahoma: 

  • Champions and Runners-Up in state or regional golf association major championships (such as Women’s Amateur, Girls Junior, Women’s Match Play, etc) 
  • Champions and Runners-Up in high school state championships 
  • All female PGA and LPGA professionals 
  • USGA National Championship Qualifiers 
  • Members of the Girls 4-State Teams 
  • Members of the Women’s Fore State Teams 
  • Any player who has completed 54-holes in the two prior Prairie Invitationals 
  • Players who reside in or play collegiately in the 6-state area who have a World Amateur Golf Ranking 
  • Top 10 in previous years: Women’s Player of the Year Points List, Senior Women’s Player of the Year Points List, and Girls Player of the Year Points List 
  • In addition, invitations will be extended to the champion or highest finisher not currently registered for the following events in 2020: 
  • Kansas City Women’s Match Play
  • Kansas City Girls Junior 
  • Kansas Junior Amateur 
  • Kansas Women’s Mid-Amateur 
  • Kansas Women’s Amateur 
  • Kansas Girls Match Play 
  • Kansas City Girls Match Play 

Please contact Jacque Madison ( or 913-649-5242, ext2) with any questions regarding The Prairie Invitational.