Doug Habel is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. Doug has worked as a Golf Professional in the Kansas City area since 2003. His career includes stops at Hillcrest Country Club, Wolf Creek Golf Club, and Oakwood Country Club. He currently lives in Platte City, Mo with his wife Laura and his four children Joey, Andrew, Cameron, and Ainsley. In his free time, Doug enjoys playing basketball and is an avid Missouri Tigers and Kansas City Royals fan.
Director of Rules and Competitions
Todd is responsible for administering all the Central Links Golf Competitions in the Kansas City area. Todd’s main passion is for the Rules of Golf and will talk to anyone about the Rules at any time! Todd is the Chief Rules Official in all competitions (including USGA Qualifiers and Regional Championships) held in the Central Links area. Todd is also a Rules official for USGA Championships as well as the Big 12 Match Play and Stroke Play Championships. He is responsible for the education of the volunteer Rules officials and member clubs in the association’s area.
Todd worked as a club professional for 20 years before joining Central Links Golf. Most recently he was the Head Professional at Oakwood Country Club for 8 years until 2015. His playing career includes 3 professional victories in section events and 3 appearances in the Watson Challenge in Kansas City. He attended Northeast Missouri State University (Currently known as Truman State) and lettered 4 years on the golf team.
Todd’s wife Susan is an elementary school teacher in their home of Lee’s Summit. He has two sons, Noah and Adam both of who play soccer and Adam also plays golf. Todd also enjoys playing competitive
soccer and wasting time on video games.
Director of Rules & Competitions
Casey is responsible for the administration of the Kansas competitive programs and has served in that role since 2003. The Yates Center native is involved in championship administration, communication with tournament entrants, volunteers and tournament scheduling. The University of Kansas graduate, who majored in Sport Management, came to the Kansas Golf Association as a USGA Boatwright Intern in June 2002. An avid supporter of Jayhawk Athletics, he lists playing golf with friends, collecting sports memorabilia and dabbling in home remodeling as hobbies.
Casey and his wife Kara live in Lawrence along with their son Cooper.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Baile helps keep everyone in the know. She coordinates the CLG newsletter, manages social channels, and reports tournament results. She was a member of the University of Northern Colorado Women’s Golf team where she earned Big Sky Academic Honors and was an Academic All-American. Her favorite part about her job is building relationships with the golfers and member clubs. When she’s not playing golf, she can be found gardening, traveling, or practicing yoga. Baile lives in Olathe with her husband Jack, son Zion, and dog Ellie.
Director of Junior Golf
Taylor oversees the junior golf program throughout the Kansas City metro area and the state of Kansas and assists with regional championships. Taylor was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a degree in Sport Management. After completing an internship with the Utah Golf Association following graduation, Taylor became the Boatwright Intern for the Kansas City Golf Association in February of 2018 before becoming full-time in December 2018. She is excited to continue to grow junior golf and grow her professional network in the golf administration industry. When not working, Taylor is likely cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves and resides in Lenexa, Kansas with her fiancé Marcus and their two dogs, Allie and Levi.
Wendi Brandt, PGA
Director of Women’s Championships & Member Services
Wendi is a PGA Golf Professional and oversees Women’s Championships, course rating, handicapping, and member services at Central Links Golf. She is a native of Arlington, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas for college. She previously worked for Mission Hills Country Club for 20 years as a Club Professional. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and fishing, golfing and kayaking. She resides in Olathe, Kansas with her husband, Shawn, and two dogs.
Course Rating & Competitions Manager
Nelson assists with providing course rating services and tournament operations at Central Links Golf. Nelson grew up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and attended Rockhurst University for his undergraduate and graduate-level studies, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and an MBA in Management. He also was a 4-year student-athlete at Rockhurst University, where he played on the Men’s Golf team. Nelson spends his free time watching and playing sports, trying new restaurants around Kansas City with friends, and hanging out with his girlfriend and their two pets.
Max Aebersold is an intern from Leewood, Ks who recently graduated from the University of Kansas. He studied Sports Management while attending University of Kansas. Max aspires to become an athletic director or an agent for a professional athlete. He played varsity baseball all four years of high school and was part of the 2021 Intramural Basketball Champion Team at University of Kansas.
Sam Parrott is an intern from Liberty, Mo. Sam graduated from University of Central Missouri with an undergraduate degree in business management and now is working on getting his MBA in sports business. Sam has had a very decorated golf career. He was an all American at UCM, all region at UCM, 2021 Kansas Amateur Champion and Kansas City Player of the Year. Sam was recently the 2022 DII National Championship Semi Finalist as a part of the UCM team.
Evan Highfill is an intern from Overland Park, Ks. Evan just completed his Sophomore year at William Jewell where he is a member of the golf team and studying Business Admin with an emphasis in marketing and finance. Evan plans to work mostly marketing for the Central Links team this summer to help build and promote the brand. Evan is a cabinet member of his fraternity, a three time dean’s list student athlete, and working his second summer for Central Links.
Commissioner, Kansas Senior Series
Dick schedules and oversees the Kansas Senior Series events. He serves as the captain of the annual Kansas senior cup teams that compete against the Missouri Golf Association seniors.
He has been in this role since 2003, after retiring from a 32-year career with the IRS as a collection manager. He feels very fortunate for having found a second career with Central Links Golf. Dick says “over the past 17 years, I have worked with an amazingly professional and supportive staff, have made innumerable long-lasting friendships with so many golfers, and have enjoyed every single day working in an area I feel so passionate about. I could not have discovered a better way to spend the rest of my working days. I can honestly say that not one day of my last 17 years has ever seemed like work. It’s just plain fun.”
When not busy with his golf responsibilities, he works hard on trying to improve his own game, working out at the gym or running a few miles, and cheering on his marathon running wife Teresa whose bucket list includes running a marathon in each of the 50 states.
Support, KS Junior Championships
Rusty’s passion has always been teaching (54 years at Hutchinson High and still going) but he has been a fixture with the Golf Association for 44 years, serving as scoreboard artist, rules official, big time promoter of junior golf and has been in charge of course setup for many years.
A member of the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame (2002), he also had a career of 50 years doing radio broadcasts of Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Community College football and basketball.
An avid gardener and voracious reader, Rusty lives in Hutchinson where he is a member of Prairie Dunes Country Club.