Trendy. The golf hoodie trend is here to stay. No matter where you stand on this debate, we can all agree hoodies provide warmth in the cold winter months. Here are some of our favorites for the course:
Own your inner Fleetwood. Another trend making a comeback is the golf cardigan. Tommy Fleetwood can be seen wearing Nike’s Dri-FIT Player in Navy.
Wooly warm shirts. Winter runners have figured out how to stay warm & active. These cozy shirts from Runnin Rabbit blend polyester & merino wool to wick away moisture while keeping you warm. Men’s Re-Run | Women’s Ribbit
Stay swinging. Keep your swing in shape this winter with Swing Caddie. Paired with a golf net, golfers can keep their game up anywhere – including the garage! Bonus: all proceeds from the Swing Caddie link here will benefit Youth on Course in Kansas City.
DJ for your crew.Bushnell’s Wingman speaker provides a way to listen to music and receive audible GPS distances – all while mounted to your cart with BITE magnetic technology.
Handicap Index. We would be remiss if we didn’t suggest a GHIN Handicap Index as a great gift for the avid golfer in your life. Handicaps can be purchased through a member club or online Eclub in Kansas City and Kansas here.
Handy. Asher golf gloves have become the newest way to express your style on the course. Asher also offers custom gloves that match your colors and logo. Asher gloves: Men’s | Women’s
Travel in style. The most innovative backpack for golfers. The Birdie Bag from Stitch Golf can convert from a backpack to a carry-on and even into a cooler. This backpack includes easy to use cooler inserts, which keep items cold for 24 hours. The work insert offers storage space for work materials.
A Year unlike any other. We can all agree that 2020 has been a very weird year. Hot Birdie Golf has made several clever items that reflect this year and celebrate the 2020 Masters tournament being so unusual. Ballmarks | Tee Shirts
Made for women. We are obsessed with these new hats made by women for women. All the players at the Kansas Women’s Amateur were gifted one and they were certainly a crowd-pleaser. Vimhue hats are designed for a range of different ponytail heights and can be adjusted for circumference. Get free shipping with code: “MERRY”. X-Boyfriend | Sun Goddess
For the Home
Lie + Loft. This company of creators connects golf to home through beautiful modern artwork. Check out the Course Map Collection featuring contemporary golf course artwork. Central Links Golf members can get 20% off with code CLG20.
Hole-in-One. Did someone you know make a hole-in-one this year? Honor their achievement with a custom piece from ClaireWDesign. The painting includes a picture of the hole and information regarding the hole-in-one that was made.
What did we leave off our list? Drop a comment below and let us know!
Who is Eligible: Anyone with an active GHIN number & valid handicap index
Who Can I Play with: Anyone – teams can be two men, two women, or mixed
Team members must both play at the same golf course but may play on different tees if desired.
You may play on more than one team if desired
The full team entry fee applies for each team on which you play
Format: 2-Person Net Stableford Best Ball with 85% handicap (per WHS Allowances) – the best Stableford point total of the two partners is used on each hole
25-30% of teams will win a prize
Prizes will be Central Links Golf Gift Certificates which may be used at any Central Links Member Club for merchandise (other uses are at the sole discretion of the club)
Special Prize for the pair with the lowest score and lowest temperature played
Where: Any Central Links Golf Member Club
When: December 4-6 – play your round at your club or the course of your choosing between December 4 and December 6. The overall leaderboard will be available all weekend long. Prizes will be calculated on Monday, December 7, and results will be published as soon as they are available.
Why: Let’s have fun and cap off a great year of golf with a friendly competition
How Much: $40 per team paid at the time of registration (green fees/cart fees not included)
What This Is: a FUN opportunity to get some friends together to enjoy a great day on the course
What This Is NOT: a super-competitive event
What We Expect: Golfers to play by the Rules of Golf, play the ball down, enter scores into the app honestly, and post scores to GHIN after finishing on the date of play
How Do I Register? You can register on our website HERE.
How will I get my prizes? You will receive your certificate via email which may be redeemed at any CLG member club.
Can junior golfers participate? Yes, junior golfers may participate. If a junior golfer plays with an adult and the team wins a prize, only the adult will receive a certificate. If a team of two juniors wins a prize, the prize money will go to Youth on Course. These steps are taken to comply with KSHSAA/MSHSAA requirements about high school athletes accepting gift certificates as a prize.
How will I submit my score? You will need to download the USGA Tournament Management App from the Apple App Store or Google Play. On Thursday, December 3rd, you will receive a GGID and Rules Sheet via email to enter your scores for your team through the mobile app. Login using the GGID only (if your club uses USGA TM, do not use your club ID to login). You may view the Leaderboard all weekend in the app or on our website.
Do I post my score to GHIN? Yes – you should post your score to GHIN on the same day that you play just as in any other round.
Come chat with the Ladies at Central Links Golf as we discuss a variety of golf-related topics. We will have featured guests that range from 2020 champions to area golf professionals. There will be new fresh content each week and opportunities for you to engage! We’re looking forward to another great season of Golf Gab.
November 17 – Kickoff the new season with 2020 Players of the Year & CLG Champions December 1 – PCC Adjustment, Abnormal Course Conditions, and Yoga with Sally Krystyn, LPGA. Orange Whip mentioned by Sally can be found here. Get a discount with the code “Sally Krystyn”. December 15 – Effective practice in 30 minutes with Kristen Samp, PGA/LPGA January 5 – Kansas Golf Foundation, Rules of Golf, and Mental Game Tips with Gianna Augustine, LPGA. January 19 – A panel discussion about the benefits of playing golf for women in business. Panelists include:
Kristin Tyson | President, CrossFirst Bank Kansas City
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!
Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic Holding Many Industries Back, 2020 has Provided a Boom for Golf
Throughout March and April of this year, many golf clubs, facilities, and organizations were forced to shut down as the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, despite many lengthy shutdowns, we are seeing that only a few months later, that golf has been as busy as it has ever been.
Central Links Golf has seen great participation in 2020 events and has aimed to make sure golfers can be healthy and safe while continuing to provide quality events for players, staff, volunteers, and member clubs.
Executive Director of Central Links Golf, Doug Habel, says “Golf has been one of the few outlets for people in 2020. We have seen an increase in participation across the board in our tournaments, and tee times have been extremely difficult to come by. The COVID-19 protocols we put in place, as well as those put in place at facilities, have seemed to be effective in limiting the spread of COVID-19 through golf” when commenting on the successes seen in 2020.
As for the data, the numbers speak for themselves.
Across all Central Links Golf Member Clubs, there has been a 41.45% increase in rounds posted to GHIN handicaps in 2020, resulting in 880,697 total rounds posted in GHIN this year (as of October 27th). A few significant club increases include Lake Quivira Country Club in Lake Quivira, KS and The Deuce at The National in Parkville, MO, both seeing 72% and 69% increases in rounds posted this year, respectively (both increasing from about 9,000 rounds in 2019 to over 16,000-17,000 rounds in 2020 so far).
As far as the national ranks go, according to the National Golf Foundation’s “The Q”, there was a 19-25% increase in rounds played during July, August, and September. The summer months provided an increase in rounds by nearly 27 million… now that is a lot of golf!
While there has been this golfing boom this year, clubs, facilities, and organizations have still been able to maintain consistent protocols to keep golfers safe when attending. The PGA website provides some operational examples during COVID-19 to get “Back2Golf”, and some of these examples are listed below.
Clubhouses enforce mandated mask policies
Single-rider carts, which are always sanitized, are encouraged when riding
Pin modifications, plus removal of rakes, trash cans, and ball washers have helped reduce the mass touching of shared surfaces
When speaking to member clubs, Central Links Golf hears the impact of the golf rush that 2020 has brought. Baile Stephenson, Club Services and Marketing Manager at Central Links Golf says “Our area clubs continue to report record numbers of rounds. Ultimately, we are happy to be here providing opportunities to link communities and generations together through the game of golf.”
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but also any time that the golfing industry is facing a challenge, the community wants to do all that it can to provide people the opportunity to play this wonderful game we call golf.
Sunny skies and cool temperatures yielded a perfect day for Fall Triple Threat. 102 women from across Kansas City and Kansas teed it up at Country Club of Leawood to participate in the fun 6-6-6 format: 6 holes Four-Ball, 6 holes alternate shot, 6 holes scramble.
Leading the way were Alane Studley and Mary Larson at two-over-par for the day. The duo won the overall gross championship after playing exceptionally well in the scramble format, making two birdies. Larson held the team during the Four-Ball after making a birdie on the par-four fourth hole. After being crowned the Women’s Mid-Am Net Champion and Tee Fore Two champion, this makes Studley’s third Central Links Golf victory for the season.
Jettie Bezek and Denise Desilet earned second place shooting three-over-par on their day. Susan Mueller and Vicky Heibsch followed in third place at four-over-par.
In overall net, Kay Egidy and Janet Ziegler earned their championship title shooting 64 (-8). The duo played exceptionally well in the alternate shot format, making two eagles and three birdies.
The Fall Triple Threat ends the Central Links Golf championship season. We thank all of the women who have participated in our 2020 season and look forward to seeing you next year!
Martha Linscott claimed the title shooting 80-74-154. Linscott held the lead going into today, “I wanted to stick to my game plan which was hit the fairway, hit the green, and not worry about what everyone else was doing,” Linscott said.
Her plan worked well, as she finished one over on the front nine today. Going into the back nine she was coaching herself to stay in the moment and think positively about her putting. On the tough par-3, 17th hole she hit the green and made par. From there she knew she had a good chance of finishing strong.
This was Linscott’s first year eligible for the championship. Historically champions at the Women’s Senior Championship have won the event multiple times throughout their careers. Most notably, is Denise Desilet who has won the event 11 times during her career.
2019 Champion, Pam Simpson finished in a close second shooting 81-77-158 for the event. Susan DeVoe, 2019 Senior Player of the Year, shot 83-76-159 to hold third place.
Calmer conditions today at the Senior/Super Senior championship yielded lower scores.
Darlene Allen claimed the Super Senior title this afternoon shooting 91-84-175 winning by two shots over Jettie Bezek. “Yesterday I shot a 91 and I didn’t feel too bad about it,” said Allen while discussing the weather on Monday, “I looked forward to today to play again.”
The last women’s event of the season will be Fall Triple Threat at Country Club of Leawood on October 12.
It was a very windy day in Manhattan, Kansas for the first round of the Women’s Senior/Super Senior Championship.
Leading the overall gross Senior division is Martha Linscott, Mission Hills. Linscott shot 80, holding a one-shot lead over 2019 champion, Pam Simpson, Kansas City. Susan Mueller, Wichita holds third place at 82. Terri Albers, Susan DeVoe, and Denise Desilet all hold fourth place at 83. With scores so close, the championship is still in reach for many.
Jettie Bezek holds first place in the overall gross Super Senior division. Bezek shot 88 on the cold and windy round. Jan Allerheiligen is in second place shooting 90 today. Darlene Allen holds third place with her 91.
With cooler temperatures predicted for Tuesday, golfers will need to dress warm and mentally prepare for tougher course conditions. Tee times will begin at 9:00 AM.
54 women from across the state will compete at the Senior/Super Senior Championship at Manhattan Country Club on Monday and Tuesday. Women who are 50 years of age and older as of September 28, 2020 are eligible to compete.
Senior Division (50-69 years old)
Notable players include: Pam Simpson, defending champion. Notorious victor, Denise Desilet will compete for her 12th state championship title. Desilet has proven to be a strong and consistent competitor. Martha Linscott is newly eligible and could begin a new era of senior victories after claiming Low Senior at the 2020 Prairie Invitational. Susan DeVoe is also competing as the reigning Senior Player of the Year.
Super Senior (70+ years old)
Notable players include: Phyllis Fast who will compete to defend her 2019 Super Senior title. Past Super Senior Champion, Judy Morris, and Jettie Bezek competing as a super senior for the first time this year.
All golfers will be following COVID-19 safety precautions throughout the event.
Lenexa, KS – The 2019 Women’s Players of the Year were honored at the awards ceremonies at The Prairie Invitational recently. Each year’s award winners may choose which event in the following season where they will receive their award, and all selected The Prairie as the event with the strongest field in the rotation.
Susan DeVoe, 2019 Senior Women’s Player of the Year, was honored on Tuesday, July 28th. Ms. DeVoe’s accomplishments during the 2019 season are quite impressive. In addition to her playing resume, Susan started both a boys and girls team at Eudora HS where interscholastic golf had never existed. She had 22 students, both boys and girls, try out for the team in February of this year for the inaugural season of competition before it was ultimately canceled due to COVID-19. The Prairie Invitational Committee is pleased to announce that the Eudora HS Girls Team is the recipient of a grant providing uniform jackets for their first season of play this fall.
Susan DeVoe’s 2019 Accomplishments:
Runner Up – Kansas Women’s Senior Championship
4th Place – Kansas Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
Round of 16 – KC Women’s Match Play Championship
Won 2 StateLine Amateur Tour Events
5th Place – Tee Fore Two Championship
Top Half finish at the Kansas Women’s Amateur and 2nd oldest player in the field
Represented Team Kansas at Fore State Matches
Julia Misemer, 2019 Girls Player of the Year, was honored on Wednesday, July 29th. Julia is a rising junior at Blue Valley West HS and has been a force to be reckoned with at junior tournaments in our area for several years already.
Julia Misemer’s 2019 Accomplishments:
Winner – Kansas City Junior Championship
Qualified for USGA Girls Junior Championship and advanced to match play
T8th – Kansas Women’s Amateur
Qualified for PGA Junior Championship
Winner – Kansas 6A High School Championship
Winner – Long Drive in her age division at the National Drive, Chip, & Putt Competition at Augusta National GC
Rachel Stous, 2019 Women’s Player of the Year, was also honored on Wednesday, July 29th. Rachel is a native of Topeka and is one of the best players in the Midwest. She is currently on the roster at Metropolitan Community College and also recorded wins in a successful fall 2019 collegiate campaign. She also made a deep run at the Topeka City Match Play against the best male players in the city.
Rachel Stous’s 2019 Accomplishments:
Winner – Kansas City Women’s Match Play with a walk-off hole-in-one
Runner Up – Kansas Women’s Amateur
T6th – The Prairie Invitational
We salute our Players of the Year for their hard work and exemplary play!
The Women’s Spring Triple Threat was rescheduled for August 20 at Rolling Hills Country Club due to the state-wide quarantine during the original scheduled date.
Katy Winters and Selina Redeker dominated the field, winning the championship by 11 shots over Denise Desilet and Jettie Bezek.
The Winters/Redeker duo shot 63 (-9) in the unique format: 6 holes Four-Ball, 6 holes Chapman Alternate Shot, and 6 holes Scramble. Redeker made birdie on the third hole followed by Winters making an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. The team really found success in the Alternate Shot format. They birdied four of the six holes. They continued their lead in the Scramble format, making birdies on holes, 14, 16, and 18.
In the overall Net Division, Terri Wittrig and Terrie Ramsey won by one shot over JoAnn McCormack and Tina Lichtlin. Wittrig and Ramsey are both members at Rolling Hills Country Club, giving them the obvious advantage. They found success in the Alternate Shot format making two net birdies and an eagle.
First Flight – Katy Winters & Selina Redeker Second Flight – JoAnn McCormack & Tina Lichtlin Third Flight – Terri Wittrig & Terrie Ramsey
Net Flight Champions
First Flight: Patricia Sherwood & Marcia Alterman Second Flight: Karen Clothier & Carol Collins Third Flight: Brenda Ford & Vicky Maechtlen