New Sponsor For Kansas City Championships

Granite Garage Floors to Sponsor Kansas City Championships

Our Kansas City Championships will have a new face this year, Granite Garage Floors, a Prairie Village-based company will sponsor the six Kansas City-based events: KC Match Play, KC Women’s Match Play, KC Junior Match Play, KC Amateur, KC Junior, and KC Four-Ball.

Owner of Granite Garage Floors, Greg Slicker, has been a long-time supporter of Central Links Golf and formerly the Kansas City Golf Association. His kids have played in many junior golf tournaments, and he is a member of Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kansas.

We are very excited for this new partnership with Granite Garage Floors and Greg Slicker. Both Greg’s enthusiasm for amateur golf and Granite Garage Floors’ commitment to quality work are things we value greatly in partner companies. We’re looking forward to a great relationship.

Doug Habel, Executive Director of Central Links Golf

Get to Know Greg Slicker

Tell us about yourself

I grew up in Nebraska and my Dad introduced me to golf at a young age.  I played golf throughout high school and was fortunate to play golf in college (West Texas State & Nebraska) as well.  We were members at Meadowbrook CC for years until it closed and a few years ago, we joined Indian Hills CC

Why did you want to partner with CLG?

CLG is a great local organization that supports our community and aligns well with our company’s values and goals.  CLG has provided a ton of opportunities for both of our kids (Ben-17, Ella-14) during the past 10-12 years, and being able to support CLG via our GGF sponsorship is a WIN for both our family and our small business.

What is Granite Garage Floors?

Granite Garage Floors is an industrial epoxy and polymer floor coatings business.  We specialize primarily in coating & restoring residential garage floors, but also coat concrete in residential basements and commercial environments as well.  We started our business in 2008 in KC and now have 17 locations nationwide.  We pride ourselves on being a locally-owned, Prairie Village-based business that prides itself on integrity, impeccable customer service, and installing a quality product that is an exceptional value for KC homeowners.

What is it like running a small business?

Golf and running a small business are similar in that they are both extremely difficult, lonely at times, and come with a lot of ups & downs.  However-the process of learning to overcome the challenges of both to see the fruits of your labors is extremely satisfying and not comparable to many other things in life. 

What are your top golf experiences?

My personal experiences in golf have been wonderful – still can’t explain how in awe I was the first time I walked onto Augusta to see a Masters practice round in the late 90’s or the pure feeling of playing a great course like Bandon Dunes.  However most of the top golf experiences my wife, Erin, and I have had have been with our kids.  Being a part of helping them learn the game, caddying for them, seeing them compete at a high level, and now having them both beat me like a drum has been so fulfilling.

Slicker Family at USKIDS Worlds in 2019

Granite Garage Floors is extremely grateful to be a part of the CLG team and honored to partner with our local KC-metro golf community in the coming year!

Greg Slicker, Owner of Granite Garage Floors

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February Funding Drive for Youth on Course

Did you know that Central Links Golf is responsible for funding Youth on Course in our region? Help us expand Youth on Course throughout the state of Kansas! Our goal is to raise $30,000 this February. Please consider donating $10 or more to support this initiative.

2022 Season Spotlight

The 2022 season is approaching quickly! Central Links Golf can’t wait to see everyone out on the golf course after the long off-season. Interested in playing in an event for the first time? Whether it’s junior, senior, men, or women’s event you are looking for, here’s a quick guide to some of our events!

Click here to sign into your Golf Genius player account to enter online for events.

Women’s Events:

KS Women’s Amateur | Topeka Country Club | July 11 & 12

The KS Women’s Amateur is open to female amateur golfers with an active handicap with CLG. This event includes 54 holes of stroke play and play between 5800 to 6200 yards.

KC Women’s Match Play | Hillcrest Golf Club | June 20 – 22

This championship is open to any female amateur golfers with an active handicap with CLG. Ladies will participate in an 18-hole stroke-play qualifying round and the top 32 scores will advance to match play in the Championship or Silver Bracket.

Tee Fore Two Championship | Salina Country Club | August 29 & 30

This fun, team event includes one round of four-ball and one round of Chapman alternate shot. Bring a friend and play as a team in one of our more laidback events! The field will be split into flights based on team handicap index and includes net winners as well as gross.

Men’s Events:

KS Four-Ball | Eagle Bend Golf Course | June 11 & 12

One of our most popular team events, the KS Four-Ball also serves as a Heart of America Match Play qualifier. Teams of two compete in two rounds of four-ball with gross scoring only and in two divisions: open and masters. This event is open to all male amateur golfers regardless of age or affiliation. The top 8 teams will qualify for the HOA Championship.

KC Amateur | The Golf Club at Creekmoor | July 29 – 31

This city amateur includes 54 holes of stroke play over three days with five different divisions players can compete under: open, senior, players, super seniors, and legends. Players will compete in gross and net scoring depending on the division and there is a cut after the first 36 holes.

Senior Events:

KS Senior Amateur | Terradyne Country Club | August 15 & 16

This stroke play event is open to male amateur golfers aged 50 or older. Players will compete in 36 holes of stroke play in one of two divisions: senior and super senior. Players that wish to compete in the overall championship must enter the senior division.

KC Senior Match Play | Hillcrest Golf Club | July 6 – 8

This match play event is open to senior male amateur golfers aged 50 or older and with a GHIN handicap index of 8.0 or lower. The field is limited to 30 players. Players compete in an 18-hole stroke-play qualifying round and the top 16 scores will advance to match play.

Junior Events:

KS Junior Amateur | Ironhorse Golf Club | June 13-15

Our premier junior event of the summer includes 54 holes of stroke play over three days. This event is open to any junior amateur golfer with an active handicap index with CLG. Male golfers will be placed into a division based on their age and the girls will play in one division together. A cut after the first 36 holes is made in each division.

Sadie Park Sunflower Girls Championship | Emporia Golf Course | August 5 & 6

A newer event is offered to any female amateur golfer with an active handicap with CLG. A fun event that includes 36 holes of stroke play over two days and played at a Kansas High School State golf site. This year it will be held at Emporia Golf Course. All levels are encouraged and there is no handicap index requirement. This is a fun event for all girls to play in before school starts back in the fall.

KC Junior Tour | KS Junior Tour | June & July

Between the two tours, CLG offers over 30 events for junior golfers during the summer. For more information on junior tour registration and schedule, please see our junior tour page here.

These events are just a few options available for all golfers. For a full slate of events offered, click here!

The Kansas City Golf Show is Back

Michelob Ultra welcomes the Kansas City Golf Show

Golf is booming Feb. 25-27 at the Kansas City Golf Show – 80-plus golf exhibits, sales and experiences await the golfer

Questions on the show? Contact the Show Producer, stephens@varsitycommunications.com

One of the signals that golf is booming and ready for spring is the Connecticut Golf Show each year and 2022’s show may be one of the most special in the nine-year history of the event.

Responsibly sidelined due to COVID in 2020, the Kansas City Golf Show is back Feb. 25-27 at the Overland Park Convention Center and the show producers are bringing all they have to produce an exciting, memorable and safe show.

The Golf Show is carefully following all COVID protocols for the region. The show is also closely watching and following best practices evidenced daily at NCAA, NHL, NBA, NFL events, and other expos operating successfully now.  Professionalism, safety, and fun are the highest priority.

As always the show is highly interactive and brings lots of value to the show attendees. Here are some of the show’s upcoming highlights:

• 80-plus exhibits all three days

• Golf MD Equipment Testing and Fitting Zone and Sale area. Test and buy from:  Callaway, Cleveland, Mizuno, Odyssey, PING, Srixon, TaylorMade and more.

• F.I.T. Muscle and Joint Clinic and additionally StretchZone will have  Wellness Zones – both are new and exciting areas focused on the golfers needs for training, rehab, strength. The show will have Titleist Performance Institute professionals on hand.   

• Simmons Bank Short Game Central chipping challenge.

• Edward Jones Long Drive Challenge

• Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail KP Contests all weekend

• Olathe Ford Lincoln KC Putting Championship

• The Michelob Ultra 19th Hole and Main Stage where lessons, seminars and out indoor bar give golfers a relaxation station

• First Tee Junior and Midwest PGA Family Golf Zones

• Imperial Golf and Mind 2 Motion will be teaching at the show!

• Chicken N Pickle Pickleball Court

• There are other great interactive and lesson zones – see KansasCityGolfShow.com for details, info and COVID protocols and updates.

TICKETS AND BONUSES

The show has many front door bonus offers with the General Admission ticket and the Players Tour Pass has over $300 in golf value in the VIP ticket offering. Details on the show site.

Saturday of the show weekend will again be Family Day where there will be special programming and focus on youth golf and family fun. Kids under 12 are free always at the show.

Stay informed by following KansasCityGolfShow.com and the show on Facebook. If your are interested in volunteering or exhibiting at the show, contact Tiffanie Neyens at tiffanie@varsitycommunications.com .

This year’s sponsors are a who’s who list of golf.

WELCOMING SPONSOR: Michelob Ultra

PRESENTING SPONSORS: Advent Health Championship, Avid Golfer, Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail, Tee Times Magazine, Michelob Ultra, MGI Carts, Golf MD, Radmor Golf, Midwest Golf Innovations, Mules National, Olathe Ford Lincoln, Old Kinderhook, Simmons Bank, 810 WHB, X Golf Leawood, Xtreme Green and Cutwater Spirits.

SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Chicken N Pickle KC, Edward Jones, F.I.T. Muscle & Joint, Flag Assist, Imperial Golf, Leupold Golf, Mind 2 Motion, Shangri-La Golf Club, Still 630, Stretch Zone, Swing U and Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

PATRON SPONSORS: Hello Garage, Holiday Inn and Suites ,OP Convention Center, KC Hemp Co., Renewal by Anderson, RMI Golf Carts, T Mobile, Wilson

ENDORSED BY: PGA Midwest Section, First Tee of KC, Central Links and MO Golf Association

Learn more >> https://www.kansascitygolfshow.com/

Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame Inducts Four

On Saturday, November 20th, the Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame welcomed four outstanding honorees as the Class of 2020. The induction ceremony had been on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The inductees are Rob Wilkin, Head Professional at Heritage Park GC;  Amateur standout Steve Groom of Raytown ; the late David Fearis, superintendent at Kansas City’s Blue Hills Country Club from 1985 to 2000; and Mary Jane Barnes, the first woman to lead the KCGA as President.

These four individuals enter the Hall on a vote of the Board of Directors of Central Links Golf, representatives of the Midwest Section PGA, the Heart of America Golf Course Superintendents Association, former members and emeritus members of the Board, and all living members of the Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was created in 2012 as part of the celebration of the first 100 years of the KCGA. The goal of the Hall is to preserve our past history and honor the accomplishments and contributions of those who made golf in this area great. Central Links Golf is committed to continuing the tradition established prior to the merger of the KCGA and the Kansas Golf Association.

By their election to the Hall of Fame these four join the likes of Tom Watson, Stan Thirsk, “Duke” Gibson, Karen Schull MacGee,  1927 US Women’s Amateur Champion Miriam Burns Horn, Jim Colbert, Opal Hill and Frank Kirk. Their accomplishments add to the stature the Hall of Fame has built in the short time Central Links Golf has been recognizing those who have contributed so much to the growth of golf in the Kansas City region.

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Sunflower Hills Wins First Women’s KC Cup Title

Sunflower Hills Golf Course captured it’s first Women’s KC Cup title today at Indian Hills Country Club with a 2 to 1 victory over Canyon Farms Golf Club.  Not only is it their first Women’s title, but Sunflower Hills is the only club to have won both the Men and Women’s KC Cup, as the men captured the inaugural KC Cup in 1992.

Captain Pat Seber-Bradley and her squad secured the cup on the 16th hole of the High Handicap match with a 4 & 2 victory.  The Low handicap match also went to Sunflower Hills, while the Mid handicap match went to Canyon Farms.  

Here are the Final Results:

Low Handicap Four-ball:  Kim Wright and Lisa Kraxner (Sunflower Hills) def. Sydney Tucker and Debbie LaForge, 5 & 4

Mid Handicap Four-ball:  Kelly Lathrop and Marchelle McAfee (Canyon Farms) def. Pat Seber-Bradley and Karen Brown, 4 & 2

High Handicap Four-ball:  Brenda Storbeck and Donna Nelson (Sunflower Hills) def. Gayle Woods and Veda Landon,  4 & 2

A big thank you to the membership of Indian Hills Country Club for hosting the final match.

Click Here for the KC Cup Home Page

2021 KS/MO Senior Cup Matches


Ozark Senior Challenge team rosters, pairings and results

Association Senior Cup team rosters, pairings and results

Team Photos

Event Info

The KS/MO Senior Cup Matches are two annual competitions between Central Links Golf and the Missouri Golf Association. Teams are comprised of players from each association’s Senior Series program. The 2021 competitions will be held at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, KS on October 10-12.

The Ozark Senior Challenge Matches are for players age 50 to 64. The Association Senior Cup Matches are for players age 65 & over. The Ryder Cup style format is match play consisting of Foursome and Four-Ball matches on day one and Singles matches on day two. A practice round is included prior to the start of tournament.

KS-NE Cup Team Announced

After the conclusion of the Kansas Junior Tour Championship at Stagg Hill Golf Club yesterday, the top 8 boys on the Junior Player of the Year list have qualified for the 2021 Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup team.

The event will take place August 10-12th at Wild Horse Golf Course in Gothenburg, Nebraska. In 2020, Team Kansas hosted at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson and took home the Junior Cup trophy with a 10.5 to 5.5 victory over Nebraska.

This year, Team Kansas hopes to repeat as Junior Cup Champions. Congratulations to the following 8 team members:

  1. Luke Scheufler
  2. Ian McCrary
  3. Brent Reintjes
  4. Michael Winslow
  5. Blake Saffell
  6. Carson Baker
  7. Asher Whitaker
  8. Noah Holtzman

Bring home the trophy!

Cooper Schultz Wins the 111th Kansas Amateur

Match Play Pairings & Results

Photo Gallery

19-year old Kansas State University golfer Cooper Schultz claimed the 111th Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship on Sunday at Crestview Country Club in Wichita. Schultz bested Wichita State University golfer Brock Polhill by a 4&3 margin in the 36-hole final match on Crestview’s North Course.

The win continues a hot summer for Schultz, a Crestview CC member, who advanced to U.S. Open sectional qualifying in June and qualified for the U.S. Amateur in early June.

Polhill, 21, is a native of Edmond, Oklahoma, is redshirt junior for the Shockers. Polhill advanced to the finals after defeating Michael Winslow in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Schultz is a sophomore for the Wildcats. Schultz advanced after besting Matt Lazzo in his semifinal match on Saturday afternoon.

Thank you to the membership and staff at Crestview Country Club for hosting the 111th Kansas Amateur! Thank you to the 144 players that participated in the championship and the Rules Committee for volunteering their time to officiate the championship.

The 112th Kansas Amateur will be played at Newton’s Sand Creek Station Golf Course in July 2022.

Congratulations, Sean!

Some of you may know him, some of you may not, but his name is Sean Robertson. Sean was born in Germany while his father was in the army, but he moved to Salina when he was young and that is where he has resided for most of his life. He began playing golf at Prairie Dunes CC with his grandfather but never really focused on it growing up as he was putting more time into other sports. When he became a sophomore in high school, this is when he began focusing his competitive energy into the game of golf. His hard work and skill led to be on the first team at Kansas State University to qualify for the NCAA regionals. Sean currently holds two course records at Salina Municipal golf course and Rolling Acres golf course. Beyond any other record or achievement Sean has, is something that we should all admire. Sean has just qualified for his 33rd straight Kansas Amateur. This means he has now qualified for consecutive Kansas Amateurs spanning 5 different decades. Sean goes on to say this about the game of golf. “Golf requires personal responsibility, calls for honesty even when no one is looking, and demands the ability to problem solve.  No other sport has at its core those values that can be carried over into a person’s career and personal life.  That’s what makes it the greatest sport in the world.” 

From Central Links, and the rest of the golf community, congratulations Sean!