Colbert Hills GC, Manhattan, KS – This year marks the first time in history that the Kansas Golf Association will host a stand-alone Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. The Mid-Amateur is typically for players who are at least twenty-five years old at the start of the championship and was started to give post-collegiate players an opportunity to compete with their peers.
Mid-amateurs usually have careers, families, and many have both. Somehow, they find the time to keep their games sharp and still love the opportunity to be competitive in a sport most have played since childhood. This year’s event has a field of fifteen with some of the very best mid-amateurs not only in Kansas, but in the Midwest.
Defending Champion Megan Dupy, Salina, returns to the field expecting her third child in the early fall. Not only does she raise a family, she is also a volunteer assistant coach at Kansas Wesleyan College and the Salina Country Club women’s champion. “She is a great help for our women’s program,” said Head Coach Randy Syring. “She is excellent at helping our players understand the difference between practice and playing a competitive round.” Megan played her collegiate golf at Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri.
Katy (Nugent) Winters joins the field for the first time. Katy was a stand-out junior golfer in the state of Kansas before starting her collegiate career at the University of Arkansas. She transferred to the University of Kansas to finish her junior and senior seasons in her home state, and her name is sprinkled through the KU Women’s Golf record books. She is a two-time Kansas Women’s Amateur Champion. She qualified for the US Women’s Amateur at the local qualifier last summer and has a career at Koch Industries.
Lacy Shelton and Carmen Titus, both of the Kansas City area, are also competing for the championship. Carmen is a 2014 Missouri Women’s Mid-Am champion and advanced to match play last fall at the USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Lacy is the 2011 Missouri Women’s Mid-Am champion, the 2009 Kansas City Women’s Amateur champion, and a frequent competitor in USGA national championships including the US Women’s Mid-Am and an appearance at the US Women’s Four Ball Championship last month in Florida.
Martha Linscott has competed in eleven USGA championships over her playing career (2 Public Links, 3 State Team Championships, and 6 Mid-Amateur Championships), which includes college stints at Oklahoma State and Missouri State, and raising three children, all who play golf and two who are currently collegiate swimmers. Scotland Preston, the 2016 Kansas Women’s Amateur Champion, also joins the field for the first time this year. She competed on the Kansas State University team, finishing her collegiate eligibility in 2016. Barbara Cusick, the 2014 and 2017 Prairie Invitational Players Division Champion, is also in the field for the first time. Rounding out the field are a bevy of excellent amateur golfers who are either beginning their competitive careers outside their club competitions or are re-joining the competitive ranks after a hiatus.
This year’s championship will have both an Overall Gross Champion and an Overall Net Champion as well as gross and net prizes in flights. Colbert Hills will be an excellent venue for this championship, providing a great challenge along with some fantastic risk/reward holes to tempt the longer hitters. Follow scoring online and cheer on competitors from your town at: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/1856332 > Tournament Results Competitors from: Kansas – Andover, Hays, Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Mission Hills, Oakley, Overland Park, Salina; Missouri – Greenwood, Kansas City, St. Joseph