5 Things You Should Know About The World Handicap System

Beginning in 2020 a brand-new set of Rules for Handicapping will be introduced globally

1. Your Handicap Index may change.

But that’s ok! Finally, players around the world will have an apples-to-apples handicap. Your new Handicap Index will be more responsive to good scores by averaging your eight best scores out of your most recent 20 (currently, it’s 10 out of 20 with a .96 multiplier). In short, your Handicap Index will be determined by your demonstrated ability and consistency of scores. In most cases for golfers in the U.S., it will change less than one stroke.

2. You need to know your Course Handicap.

In the new system, your Course Handicap will be the number of strokes needed to play to par. This will result in greater variance in that number and presents a change, as historically it has represented the number of strokes needed to play to the Course Rating. This is a good thing, as par is an easy number to remember. Target score for the day? Par plus Course Handicap. The Course Rating will now be inherent within the calculation to be more intuitive and account for competing from different tees. You will also have a Playing Handicap, which is Course Handicap adjusted for any Terms of the Competition such as Handicap Allowances or a difference in Par. The majority of the time, your Course Handicap and Playing Handicap will be the same number.

3. Net Double Bogey.

The maximum hole score for each player will be limited to a Net Double Bogey. This adjustment is more consistent from hole to hole than the Equitable Stroke Control procedure. Net Double Bogey is already used in many other parts of the world and the calculation is simple: Par + 2 + any handicap strokes you receive.

4. Your Handicap Index will be revised daily.

One way that handicapping is being modernized is a player’s Handicap Index will update daily (which will provide a fairer indication of a player’s ability in the moment), if the player submitted a score the day before. On days where the player does not submit a score, no update will take place.

5. Safeguards in the new system.

The new system will limit extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index, automatically and immediately reduce a Handicap Index when an exceptional score of at least 7 strokes better is posted, and account for abnormal course or weather conditions to ensure that scores reflect when a course plays significantly different than its established Course Rating and Slope Rating.

These safeguards help maintain the accuracy of a Handicap Index, greater integrity within the system and promote fun and fair play for golfers of all abilities.

(Document provided to the KCGA by the USGA)

KCGA Announces 2019 Club Award Winners

Lenexa, KS – The KCGA is pleased to announce its annual club award winners for 2019.  The awards are presented to both public access and private clubs for growth in women’s golf and junior golf and based on new handicap subscribers at each club.

Women’s Growth Award (Private Club) – Falcon Ridge Golf Club leads all KCGA member clubs in the growth of women’s core golfers for the second year in a row.

Women’s Growth Award (Public Club) – Overland Park Golf Club led all public clubs for the second year in a row, and took over in 2018 from sister course St. Andrews Golf Club.

Junior Growth Award (Private Club) – Hallbrook Country Club leads all KCGA member private clubs for the most new junior core golfers.  This is the first time Hallbrook has been recognized by the KCGA for junior golf growth.

Junior Growth Award (Public Club) – Fred Arbanas Golf Club claimed the public club junior growth award for the second year in a row.

The KCGA thanks all our clubs for their efforts to grow the game throughout the season.  We congratulate our annual award winners for the outstanding efforts in 2019.

Announcing the 2019 Player of the Year Recipients

KCGA/KGA Women Player of the Year Recipients

As the 2019 season comes to an end, the Kansas City Golf Association and Kansas Golf Association would like to recognize the top talent in our women’s sector of competition. These three players exceled in tournaments all year long and proved themselves to be consistently atop the leader board. Congratulations to the following women for their excellent seasons!

Julia Misemer

Julia Misemer, a sophomore at Blue Valley West, is our 2019 KCGA/KGA Girls Player of the Year, besting her competition by over 1100 points with three outright wins and a couple runner-up finishes. Coming off a recent KSHSAA 6A Girls State Championship win, Misemer ran away with this year’s award. Highlights of Misemer’s 2019 campaign consist of a first-place finish at the KC Junior Championship at Brookridge Golf & Fitness, qualifying for the National PGA Championship, and a runner-up finish at the KC Women’s Match Play Championship at Swope Memorial.

Misemer also qualified for the US Girls Junior Championship and qualified for match play. At the Kansas Women’s Amateur at Prairie Dunes, Misemer finished tied for eight, and was also a member of the 2019 Mid-America Junior Cup that defeated St. Louis 13-3. Misemer at only 15, has long been a force in the junior golf community of Kansas and we look forward to her next few years of competition.

Rachel Stous

Rachel Stous, a freshman at Metropolitan Community College, claimed her first KCGA/KGA Women’s Player of the Year award. In a close battle with Kansas University golfer Sera Tadokoro, Stous outperformed her competition by 337 points. Stous’s season was highlighted by her win in the KC Women’s Match Play Championship at Swope Memorial over Girls Player of the Year recipient, Julia Misemer. Stous headed to the 13th hole in the Championship match with a 5 up cushion and clinched the KC Women’s Match Play Championship in style with a walk-off Hole-In-One.

Add to that, Stous’s runner-up finish at the Kansas Women’s Amateur at Prairie Dunes with a three-day tournament score of 217 (+1). Stous was also a member of the Kansas Women’s Fore State team and finished tied for sixth at the Prairie Invitational at The National Golf Course of Kansas City.

Susan DeVoe

Susan DeVoe of Overland Park, Kansas, took the KCGA/KGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year after finishing in the top five in at least five events in 2019. Devoe’s competitive season shined with two wins in Women’s Four-Ball events, a top-five finish at the Tee-Fore-Two Championship at Rolling Hills Country Club, and a runner-up finish in the Kansas Women’s Senior Championship.

To cement her win over second-place finisher, Pam Simpson, DeVoe finished fourth at the Kansas Women’s Mid-Amateur championship and made it to the Round of 16 in the KC Women’s Match Play Championship.

Congratulations to all three ladies who represented the KCGA/KGA extremely well throughout 2019. All three worked extremely hard to capture their Player of the Year awards and we look forward to seeing them try to defend in 2020!

To see the points list for each division, click here.

KCGA Men’s Player of the Year Recipients

The Kansas City Golf Association is thrilled to announce the Men’s Player of the Year award recipients for 2019! Congratulations to Kansas University golfer, Andy Spencer, and long-time KCGA and USGA competitor, Bryan Norton.

Andy Spencer

Andy Spencer, now in his senior year at Kansas University, has claimed the Amateur Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season. Spencer is no stranger to winning golf tournaments and competed successfully in tournaments throughout the state of Kansas since he was a junior golfer. Spencer’s 2019 season is highlighted by his Kansas Amateur win at Milburn Country Club. Spencer finished as the second lowest qualifier in stroke-play, shooting a four-under, two-day total of 140 to advance to match play as the 2 seed. After battling through five rounds of match play, Spencer faced off against junior golfer Nicklaus Mason in the final 36-hole Championship match. A native of Kansas City and Milburn member, Spencer won the Kansas Amateur Championship 8 and 6 over Mason.

Other impressive accomplishments include qualifying for the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst and finishing tied for second in the rain-shortened Watson Challenge. Currently, Spencer is preparing for the final stage of the Korn Ferry Q School. We wish him luck and look forward to seeing him compete in years to come.

Bryan Norton

Bryan Norton of Mission Hills, Kansas has been a long-time player for the KCGA and KGA as well as competing in USGA Championships. His competitive play clinched him the KCGA Senior Amateur Player of the Year award over close second-place finisher Steve Groom. Norton’s 2019 season consisted of qualifying for the US Senior Amateur at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, NC. Not only did Norton make it to match play in the US Senior Amateur Championship, but he had a great run to the Round of 16 where he lost a close match to Paul Jett, one up.

Norton also competed in the Kansas Amateur Championship at Milburn where he advanced to match play as the 22 seed after a stroke-play qualifying round of 146 (73, 73). Norton made it to the Round of 32, losing to 2018 Champion Sion Audrain in 19 holes of a great match. Norton competed in US Senior Open qualifying at the Golf Club of Creekmoor where he missed a playoff to qualify by one stroke.

To see the points list for both Player of the Year lists, click here.

Congratulations again to all of our Player of the Year recipients. We appreciate all of our participants throughout the season and we look forward to what the 2020 season has in store! Registration opens March 1, 2020!

Team KC Retains Mid America Junior Cup in 13-3 Victory

Kansas City CC, Mission Hills, KS – The 2019 Mid-America Junior Cup was a great team victory for Kansas City. In a Ryder Cup style event against St. Louis (MAGA), Kansas City started off strong Saturday morning at Kansas City Country Club during the foursomes session. Easton Johnson/Libby Green got the first point on the board for KC with a 6 & 5 win over Ryan Walsh/Rylie Andrews. Justin Wingerter/Lia Johnson clinched the second point of the event with a 7 and 5 win over Jack Guyot/Brooke Biermann. The last two foursome matches went the distance with Patrick Neal/Julia Misemer halving Hole 17 & 18 to win the match 1 up. Will Harding/Victoria Klausner headed into Hole 18 1 up over Braden Hoisington/Momo Kikuchi and with a birdie on the 18th hole won their match 2 up to give KCGA a 4-0 lead.

In the afternoon four-ball session, Julia Misemer/Libby Green cruised to victory with a 7 & 6 win to add to team KC’s lead. St. Louis’s Biermann/Kikuchi followed with their own victory over KC’s Victoria Klausner/Lia Johnson with a 4 & 3 win to get St. Louis on the board. The final two four-ball matches came down to the wire. Team KC’s Easton Johnson/Patrick Neal found themselves with a 2 up lead through 16 holes, but a birdie putt on the 17th by St. Louis would decrease the lead to 1 up with one hole left to play. Team KC would win the match 1 up after halving the 18th hole to give KC a 6-1 lead with the last four-ball match to be decided.

Will Harding/Justin Wingerter faced tough competition in St. Louis’s Hoisington/Guyot team and got down early. KC made the turn 2 down in the match, but followed quickly with a birdie on the 10th hole and a par on the 11th to win the next two holes and tie the match. Hoisington would birdie the 13th to give St. Louis another lead, but Harding’s clutch par on the 14th would tie the match again. Heading into the 17th hole still tied, a big birdie putt by Harding to win the 17th hole would ultimately be the difference maker. Team KC would win the match 1 up after halving the 18th hole to give KC a 7-1 heading into the final day of competition.

Singles began early Sunday morning at Kansas City Country Club. Team KC again got off to a strong start, claiming the first two singles matches with victories by Victoria Klausner (9 & 8) and Easton Johnson (6 & 4). St. Louis battled back with a victory by Mia Rallo over Libby Green (3 & 2). Justin Wingerter added another point for KC with a 7 & 6 victory over Braden Hoisington. Lia Johnson of KC would fall in a close battle with Momo Kikuchi who would win 1 up after halving the 18th hole. Patrick Neal of KC would follow next with a tight victory over Kal Kolar with a great second shot to lead to a tap in birdie on the 18th hole to win the match 1 up. KC’s Will Harding’s match would end on the 16th hole after a birdie putt fell to clinch his match 3 & 2. In the most competitive singles match of the day, Julia Misemer and Brooke Biermann would go all the way to the end. Biermman would hold a 1 up lead over KC’s Misemer through the first 11 holes, but a bogey on the 12th hole would tie the match. Biermann was quick to bounce back with a birdie on the 13th hole to go back to 1 up. Misemer’s amazing chip-in on the Par-3, 14th would tie the match once again and her momentum would carry with a win on the 15th as well to go 1 up over Biermann. Biermann and Misemer would swap birdie wins on the next two holes and Misemer would head to the 18th hole with a 1 up lead. With two great drives on the 18th tee, it would come down to approach shots. Misemer stuck her approach shot to tap-in birdie range and the pressure was on Biermann to follow suit. She would follow with a great shot of her own but would come to rest about 20 feet from the hole and wasn’t quite enough. Misemer went on to win the match 2 up.

To retain the Mid-America Cup, Kansas City needed 8 points out of the 16 available. Fortunately, Kansas City was able to grab 13 points! It was a great team victory for Team Kansas City and a great display of the junior golf talent between us and St. Louis. Thank you to the staff and players of St. Louis for traveling to KC and for the staff/members of Kansas City Country Club for hosting this great event.

We look forward to battling it out again next year in St. Louis. For full results, please see here.


Simpson Breaks Through for First Kansas Women’s Senior Championship

Falcon Lakes Golf Club, Basehor, KS – Pam Simpson earned her first Kansas Women’s Senior Championship and ended Denise Desilet’s streak of consecutive wins at seven.

The field was strong in this year’s championship and played a well-conditioned golf course in unseasonably warm weather for two days.  The day began with Susan DeVoe atop the leaderboard at 1-under par, and Denise Desilet and Pam Simpson chasing from behind.  Desilet and Simpson opened with birdies on the par-5 first hole to close the gap.  Simpson had a very steady front nine, making the turn at even par for the day with only one bogey on her card.  DeVoe and Desilet both carded 40s on the front side.  The back nine was all Pam Simpson as she made three birdies to card a final round 3-under par 69.

Patsy Byrnes and Sandy Pepper battled to the finish in the Senior Division Net Championship.  Pepper had a very strong back nine on day 2, but it was not enough to surpass the lead Byrnes had built by opening the round with a net eagle and closing the front nine with a net birdie.  Byrnes claimed her first Overall Net title by one stroke.

Phyllis Fast began round two leading Judy Morris by one stroke after a very solid 80 on the opening day.  She continued her steady play and carded 80 again in round two.  Morris finished with an uncharacteristic 88.  Fast cruised to a seven-stroke victory to claim her second Super Senior Championship.

Karen Brower began round two with the lead in the Super Senior Net Championship, but Deyonne Pickerign made a charge with a superb second round score.  Pickerign opened the round with a net 6-under par on the front nine, and continued to charge on the back.  Brower held on to her lead by three strokes with strong play on the final five holes.  This is Karen Brower’s first Super Senior Net title.

The 2019 KGA/KCGA Women’s Player of the Year Series concludes in October with the final two events – Fall Triple Threat at Terradyne CC in Andover, KS on October 14, and the US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier.  Rachel Stous of Topeka sits atop the Women’s Player of the Year standings, and Susan DeVoe leads the Senior Women’s Player of the Year list heading into the final month.

DeVoe Leads Day 1 of Kansas Women’s Senior Championship With Only Sub-Par Round of the Day

Day one of the Kansas Women’s Senior/Super Senior Championship kicked off at Falcon Lakes Golf Club in Basehor, Kansas on Monday morning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun.

60 ladies squared off in individual stroke-play in hot, humid conditions on round one of the two-day championship. In the Senior division, 2018 Senior Runner Up, Susan DeVoe of Overland Park, shot the only under-par, gross round of the day to lead the field. DeVoe’s impressive one-under, 71, was highlighted by three birdies and two bogeys. Defending Champion, Denise Desilet of Wichita, finished in second place by two strokes with a one-over, 73, that featured three birdies and four bogeys. Pam Simpson of Kansas City rounded out the top three in the Senior division after a two-over, 74.

In our Super Senior division, Phyllis Fast of Topeka, finished as the leader in the clubhouse with a round of 80 (+8). Fast’s round was highlighted by two birdies on the back nine on Holes 11 & 14. Judy Morris of Derby finished second in the Super Senior division after round one by one stroke with a round of 81. Darlene Allen of Topeka capped off the top three with a ten-over, 82, heading into round two of competition.

Our net division leaders after 18 holes of competition are Patsy Byrnes of Overland Park, Kansas, in the Senior division with a day one score of 63, and Karen Brower of Shawnee, Kansas, with a round one score of 59 to lead the Super Senior net race.

Full results can be found here!

Follow along tomorrow as we conclude the 2019 Kansas Women’s Senior/Super Senior Championship!

Junior Golf Year in Review


1 – First KS Girls Match Play Championship: Shauna Lee

2 – Holes In One: Faith Hedges & Nick Nickloy

3 – Top Ten Junior Finishers in Watson Challenge: Nicklaus Mason, Davis Cooper, Jack Lee

+3.22 – Average Handicap Index of Members on KS/NE Cup Team

4 – Strokes Under Par Cooper Schultz Shot to Win KS Junior Amateur

5 – Position Low Junior Finished in KS Women’s Amateur: Megan Propeck

6 – Total Under Par Will Harding Shot to Win KC Junior Championship

11 – Members of the KC Junior Ambassador Team

14 – Age of Youngest Player in the KS Amateur field (Ty Adkins)

24 – Girls in KS Junior Amateur

25 – Juniors in KC Amateur field

32 – Number of Juniors Qualified for KS Amateur

80 – Number of Players in KJGA Tour Championship

112.7 – Average Field of a KC Junior Tour event

143 – Winning Score of Lois Deeter in Sunflower Girls Championship

159 – Two Day Total for Prairie Invitational Player Division Champion Maggie King

789.33 – Number of Points Tate Herrenbruck Has on Boys Player of the Year List

2065.5 – Number of Points Julia Misemer Has on Girls Player of the Year List

Addington, Dillon, and Johnson Take the Triple Crown

This weekend at Swope Memorial, the KCGA crowned three more champions in 2019. The Senior and Junior Match Play Championship were played in conjunction with each other and all began with an 18-hole, stroke-play qualifying round to determine the top 16 players in each division to move on to match play that afternoon.

In the Senior division, Ed Brown finished with the low qualifying round with a four-under, 68, in a round that featured 7 birdies and three bogeys to capture the first seed heading in to match play. Steve Groom finished as the 2 seed with a two-under, 70. The top 16 faced off Friday afternoon and the lower seed took 5 out of the 8 matches. Upsets included David Rismiller (12) over John Scarsella (5) and Dennis Keglovits (14) over Kevin Handlan (3). The 1 & 2 seed, Brown and Groom, both moved on with convincing wins.

For the Quarterfinal round, the lower seed took all 4 matches, including the 1 and 2 seed. Mark Addington (4) took down David Rismiller 5 and 4 to advance to the semifinals. Groom defeated Mike Steiert 2 and 1 while Brown narrowly advanced with a 24 hole win over Ritch Nigh. The semifinal round took place Saturday afternoon featuring matches between Ed Brown (1) vs Mark Addington (4) and Steve Groom (2) vs Brian Schorgl (11).

Ed Brown’s run came to an end when his meeting with Addington ended in a 3 & 2 defeat. Addington got out to a hot start winning the first four holes and followed it up with a win on Hole #7 to go 5 up over Brown. Brown fought back winning Holes 8, 10, and 13 to cut the lead to 2 up. Addington won Hole 14 to go 3 up with four to go and Brown was unable to win Hole 16 which ultimately sealed the deal. The 2 seed, Groom, would also fail to make the final match after a 3 & 2 defeat to Brian Schorgl. It was a back and forth match the whole way as Groom and Schorgl traded holes 3, 6, 8, and 9. On the back nine, Schorgl started off quick, winning Hole 10 with a birdie and kept the momentum going with a win on Hole 14 & 15 to go 3 up over Groom heading in to Hole 16. With Groom unable to win Hole 16, Schorgl advanced to the finals on Sunday with a 3 & 2 win.

In the Senior final, Addington again worked quickly, winning Holes 1 & 2 and following it up with a win on Hole 7. Schorgl fought back with a birdie on Hole 10, but Addington would cancel it out with a win on Hole 11 to keep his 3 up lead. Addington’s great play continued throughout the back nine and sealed his win with a win on Hole 14 to go 4 up with 4 holes remaining. Schorgl could not win Hole 15 and the winner was decided. Mark Addington played great all weekend, something the KCGA is used to by now, to become the 2019 KC Senior Match Play Champion!

In our Junior Match Play, stroke-play qualifying turned some really low scores. In the girls division, Caroline Setter earned the one seed with a four-over, 76, followed by Averi Mickelson (77), Jaclyn Koziol (78), and Maggie King/Victoria Klausner (79). In the boys division, Tanner Collins turned in the low round of qualifying with a great four-under 68, followed by Cole Elling/Calvin Dillon (69), and a four way tie for fourth between Michael Bessenbacher, Justin Wingerter, Davis Cooper, and Blake Mullen (71).

In the Boys Round of 16, the low seed took five out of the eight matches. 1 seed Tanner Collins cruised to victory over Connor Hanrahan (16) with a 3 & 2 victory. Daniel Duffin (8) took out Griffin Brassell (9) with a 5 & 3 win. Justin Wingerter (5) defeated Liam Coughlin (12) after a 2 & 1 win and Calvin Dillon (2) cruised past Kobe Jenkins (15) with a 4 & 3 victory.

Daniel Duffin upset Tanner Collins (1) in the Quarterfinal round Friday morning, 3 & 2. Wingerter stayed hot and defeated John Gardner (13), 2 & 1. Ian McCrary (14) upset Blake Mullen (6) after a 5 & 4 win and Calvin Dillon cruised by Zach Molzer (10), 3 & 2, to set up a great semifinal match up. Friday afternoon, the semifinal round began between Daniel Duffin (8) vs Justin Wingerter (5) and Calvin Dillon (2) vs Ian McCrary (14). Ian McCrary’s underdog run would come to an end thanks to Calvin Dillon, who would advance to the final match after a narrow 3 & 1 victory. Wingerter took care of Duffin handily with a 5 & 4 to punch his ticket to the Boys Junior Match Play finals against Dillon.

Sunday morning, the final round began with a back and forth opening nine. Dillon would find himself 2 up after 3 holes, only to lose the lead over Hole 4 & 5. Another quick bounce back for Dillon would increase his lead again to 2 up after winning Holes 6 & 7. Wingerter fought back with a par on Hole 9 to decrease the lead to 1 up. The back side was a little more one sided as Dillon won Hole 11 and 12 after Wingerter struggled a bit. Justin battled with a win on Hole 13 with a clutch par save, but Dillon would grab another hole with 15. Dillon was able to hold off Wingerter on the par-3, Hole 16 to claim his 2019 Boys Match Play Champion title!

In the Girls Round of 16, the low seed only took 3 out of the 8 matches. 1 seed Caroline Setter was victorious over Kayla Kimbley, 4 & 2. Victoria Klausner (4) would also handle business over Sam Maceli (13), 3 & 1. Averi Mickelson also narrowly took her first round match over Lauren Muller (15), 1 up. Upsets included Lia Johnson (11) over Vera Bohning (6), 3 & 1, Hope Robinett (12) over Maggie King (5), 1 up, and Hanna Robinett (14) over Jaclyn Koziol (3), 2 & 1.

In the Saturday morning quarterfinals, Caroline Setter (1) would see her match play run end after losing to Libby Green (9), 5 & 4. Averi Mickelson (2) also saw her run end with a 3 & 2 defeat to the 10 seed, Abby Howard. Lia Johnson (11) advanced to the semifinal round after beating Hanna Robinett, 6 & 5. Her sister, Hope, would also lose to Victoria Klausner in a close 2 & 1 match. Saturday’s semifinal round looked like this: Libby Green (9) vs Victoria Klausner (4) and Abby Howard (10) vs Lia Johnson (11).

Both semifinal matches were back and forth contests. Lia Johnson after being two up through two holes, would trade holes with Howard on 3, 4, and 5 to see her lead diminish to 1 up after 5. Johnson saw some momentum shift her way after winning Holes 8, 9 and 10 to go 4 up over Howard. Howard tried to gain ground on Johnson with a win on Hole 11, but after halving the next three holes and losing Hole 15, Johnson punched her ticket to the finals. In the second semifinal, Klausner saw herself down 1 after Hole 6, but quickly grabbed Holes 7-11 to go 3 up over Green. Green would earn Holes 11 & 12, but Klausner bounced back with a win on Hole 13 to stay 2 up. Klausner would win Holes 15 & 16 with two pars to defeat Green 4 and 2 and face Johnson in the Sunday final.

The Sunday Girls final would prove to be the closest of three. Klausner and Johnson traded Holes 3 through 6 and would head in to Hole 9, all square. Klausner struggled a little bit and left the door open for Johnson to grab Holes 9-11 and go 3 up. Klausner proved to be a true competitor as she battled throughout the back nine and took three out of the next four holes to get the match to all square heading in to Hole 16. With a par on 16, Johnson would again go 1 up over Klausner with two holes to play. With a great second shot on Hole 17, Klausner found herself putting for birdie to win the hole and head to 18, all square. She ended up with a par, but was still good enough to win the hole and even the match. Johnson needed a clutch par save on the 18th green to tie the hole and continue the match to extra holes. Sinking a 10 footer, Johnson did just that. Klausner and Johnson fought for three more holes (21st hole) to decide the 2019 Girls Match Play Champion. With a par on Hole 3, the 21st hole of the match, Johnson would take the crown over a hard fought match by Victoria Klausner.

It was a great weekend with all three events going on together. We hope the entire field had a great time this weekend battling it out in match play. Thank you to Swope Memorial for hosting another great event. Congratulations to our match play champions: Mark Addington, Calvin Dillon, and Lia Johnson!

Davis Cooper Wins Prestigious Golf Honor to Add to Great Year

Davis Cooper, Blue Valley North golfer, recently received a prestigious golf honor – the Kenneth Smith Award. The award is presented annually to the top high school golfer who demonstrates excellence in academics, leadership, community service, and golf. Cooper is the first Mustang to ever win the award. $5,000 was donated to the First Tee in Cooper’s name as a result of winning the Kenneth Smith Award.

On top of placing fifth at the Kansas 6A state tournament this spring, Cooper also recently won his first AJGA event at the Kyle Stanley Championship and finished in the top 10 in the Watson Challenge. Cooper is also participating in the 2019 Kansas Amateur this week at Milburn Country Club.

Despite some personal hardships, Cooper has worked extremely hard to improve his game and we are extremely proud of all the success he has had. The award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving player.

Cooper is currently verbally committed to play golf for the University of Kansas and will begin his senior year of high school at Blue Valley North in the fall. Good luck to Davis in his final year of school and also this week as he participates in the Kansas Amateur!

Karen Kornacki and KMBC 9 did a wonderful story on Cooper winning the Kenneth Smith Award. To see that feature, please see here.

Team Kansas Competing in 51st Junior Girls Four State in Nebraska City

Singles Matches Update

Team Kansas finished in Third Place at Junior Girls Four State on Tuesday. After winning two singles matches and tieing one match, the team finished with 5 total points for the tournament. Team Nebraska won the event earning 11.5 points out of 12 possible points available.

Alison Comer of Team Kansas won her match 5&4, McKenna Rice won her match 5&4, and Victoria Klausner tied her match against Team Missouri’s Audrey Rischer.

Rounds One & Two Update

Team Kansas was off to a strong start after the first round at the Junior Girls Four State tournament on Monday. Victoria Klausner and Sarah Lawson won their morning match 3&1, while Caroline Setter and Vera Bohning were 1 up through 18, giving Team Kansas a total of two points after the first round.

The team struggled in the afternoon, but put up a good fight against Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. Sarah Lawson and Allison Comer were the only Four-Ball pair from Kansas to win points after tieing their match against Missouri. Lawson & Comer were 1 up most of their match on the back nine. Comer saved the team with a chip-in birdie on 16 to tie the hole. Comer again made an impressive attempt to win the 17th hole, however, bogies from both Kansas & Missouri tied the hole again. The Missouri team made bogey on the 18th hole and the Kansas pair made a double, leading to a tied match and a half point awarded to both teams.

Kansas is tied for second place going into the final round.

Tee times begin at 8:00 on Tuesday where the teams will play singles matches.

Tournament Information 

Arbor Links GC, Nebraska City, NE – Team Kansas is representing our associations this week at the 51st Junior Girls Four State hosted by the Nebraska Golf Association at Arbor Links GC in Nebraska City.  The teams are selected from a points list based on player’s tournament results in selected events over the past two seasons of play.  Jaci Weber of Derby, Kansas was selected as the team captain.  She played collegiate golf at the University of Kansas and 3-time Kansas Junior Amateur Champion.  Baile Stephenson was selected at the vice-captain.  Stephenson played collegiate golf at the University of Northern Colorado.  Both have represented Kansas in the Junior Four State and adult Fore State team competitions.

This year marks the first year of the new Solheim Cup-style competition.  Historically the competition followed the traditions high school scoring format.  Going forward the competition is comprised of Foursomes (alternate shot) match play, Four Ball match play, and singles match play in a round robin format with Team Kansas playing an equal number of matches in each format against teams from Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri.

This year’s team is comprised of:

  • Victoria Klausner of Olathe who will be a senior at Olathe Northwest HS
  • Sarah Lawson of Shawnee who is a May graduate of Mill Valley HS and will play at Wichita State in the fall
  • Allison Comer of Overland Park who will be a senior at St. James Academy
  • McKenna Rice of Lee’s Summit who is a May graduate of Lee’s Summit West and will play at the University of Central Missouri in the fall
  • Caroline Setter of Topeka who was the 2017 4A Girls State Champion
  • Vera Bohning of Lee’s Summit who will be a junior at St. Michael the Archangel

Foursomes matches began at 8:00am.  Follow the action live at:  https://51stjuniorgirlsfourstatechampionship.golfgenius.com



Stous Wins Match With Hole-In-One on #13

Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, MO – Rachel Stous and Julia Misemer began the match each seeking a first victory in the Kansas City Women’s Match Play Championship.  Stous took an early lead with a par to Misemer’s bogey on the first hole and did not look back.  She continued her stellar play from Wednesday with birdies to win holes at #4 and #5.

Julia Misemer opened with a bogey but played a very solid round after that.  She cut into the lead with a birdie to win #9 but just could not overcome Stous’s strong play.

Stous went on to win #10 and then made birdie at #12 to take a 5-up lead to the 13th tee with only six holes to play.  She then went on to make a hole-in-one on #13.  After the excitement died down at the tee, Julia Misemer hit her shot to within three feet of the hole, but the ace proved to be the match winner.

Stous felt that the par 5s were key in winning the tournament.  Her scoring average for the tournament was under par on the par 5s even though she only played the par-5 17th hole in the stroke play qualifying round. Stous carded ten birdies and three eagles during the event, including her hole-in-one to win the match today.  Her next event will be the Topeka GA City Match Play where she will tee it up with the men again in just a few weeks.

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Misemer and Stous Advance to Final Match

Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, MO – The semifinal matches proved just as exciting as the morning quarterfinals.  Julia Misemer (Overland Park) and Isabella Caamal Solis (Mexico/Oral Roberts University) traded birdies for the first few holes.  With the match all square on the 5th tee, Misemer made three more birdies to gain a 3-up advantage at the turn.  Solis made a charge on the back nine with holes won on #13 and #14 to narrow the margin to two holes, but Misemer closed out the match with a solid par at #16 for a 3&2 victory.

Rachel Stous (Topeka) jumped out to an early lead on Haley Thiele (Wahoo, NE/University of Nebraska) with birdies at #1 and #3. With Stous 3-up on the 4th tee, Thiele won #4 but made the turn with Stous 3-up.  Thiele cut into the margin by winning holes #9-#11.  Stous went on to win #13 and #15 to build the lead back to 3 holes.  The match ended 3&2 with #16 halved with pars.

The final match begins tomorrow morning at 7:30 am at Swope Memorial GC.  Both players advancing are power hitters, and the final looks to be a hotly contested match-up.  Both players had seven birdies each in their semifinal matches.  Both are experienced at match play with Misemer advancing to match play in the 2017 US Girls Junior Championship and Stous making history when she won a match against the men at the Topeka GA City Match Play championship last June.  Tomorrow’s final match will be live scored at the link below.

Powerhouse Matches in Women’s Match Play Semis

Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, MO – The quarterfinal matches did not disappoint this morning with all four matches having a slim margin.  Isabella Caamal Solis (Mexico/Oral Roberts University) defeated Megan Lucas (Topeka/UMKC) on the 17th hole  2&1.  Solis took the lead on #2 and the pair had a back and forth match throughout the front nine.  Solis made three birdies on the back nine including the match-winner on #17.

Julia Misemer (Overland Park) took an early 3-up lead in her match with Hannah Thiele (Wahoo, NE/University of Nebraska) leaving #5 green at 3-under par on the day. Thiele closed the margin to 1-up after ten holes before falling to Misemer 4&3.

Rachel Stous (Topeka) and Jenna Teeter (Carl Junction, MO) traded punches for the first few holes.  Stous made eagle on #5 and birdie on #6 to go 2-up and built on the lead from there.  Stous closed out the match 3&2.

Haley Thiele (Wahoo, NE/University of Nebraska) jumped out to an early lead over Tatum King (Lenexa/Illinois State University) with consecutive birdies at #2, #3, and #4.  King stayed alive in the match-winning holes #3 and #9.  Both played a very steady back nine with Thiele winning the match 3&2.

Semifinal matches begin at 11:30 am at Swope Memorial GC.

Semifinal #1: Isabella Caamal Solis vs Julia Misemer

Semifinal #2: Rachel Stous vs Haley Thiele

Exciting First Day at KC Women’s Match Play

Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Women’s Match Play began today with nineteen players attempting to qualify for sixteen places in the match play bracket.  This year’s field is the largest and strongest in the recent history of the event.  Swope Memorial GC proved to be an excellent test for the field of competitors.

The morning stroke play qualifying ended with Isabella Camaal Solis from Yucatan, Mexico and a collegiate golfer at Oral Roberts University earning the top seed with an even-par 72.  She made the turn at 1-under and continued the steady play on the back nine.  The highlight of the morning was a hole-in-one on #16 by Kate Robertson of Rogers, Arkansas, a collegiate player at Newman University.  It was her first career hole-in-one.

Kansas City-area players who advanced to the Round of 16: Aristelle Acuff (University of Kansas), Samantha Cornelius, Susan DeVoe (Overland Park), Abby Glynn (University of Kansas), Tatum King (Lenexa/Illinois State University), Martha Linscott (Mission Hills), Megan Lucas (UMKC), Julia Misemer (Overland Park), Carmen Titus (Greenwood), Anna Zech (Kearney)

Only two of the matches in the Round of 16 advanced beyond the 15th hole.  Isabella Camaal Solis closed out Carmen Titus 5&4.  Megan Lucas advanced due to a withdrawal.  Julia Misemer defeated Samantha Cornelius 5&4, Hannah Thiele (Wahoo, NE) closed out Martha Linscott 6&5. Rachel Stous (Topeka) defeated Susan DeVoe 5&4. Jenna Teeter won her match with Kate Robertson 4&3. Tatum King closed out Aristelle Acuff 3&1. Haley Thiele (Wahoo, NE) won a back and forth match over Abby Glynn 1 up.

Quarterfinal matches begin at 7:30 am on Wednesday morning at Swope Memorial GC in Kansas City, Missouri.