Doug Habel

Executive Director

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.

Todd Stice

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.

Casey Old

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.

Baile Stephenson

Director of Women’s Championships, Communications and Marketing

Baile’s passion is to serve member clubs in the state of Kansas through course rating, handicapping, and marketing. 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 getting to meet the people she works with while traveling throughout the state. When she’s not playing golf, she can be found running, traveling, or practicing yoga. Baile lives in Olathe with her husband Jack and loves spending time with their dog, Ellie.

Taylor Albritton

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 Member Services

Wendi is a PGA Golf Professional and oversees 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 son and fishing, golfing and kayaking. She resides in Olathe, Kansas with her husband and two dogs.


Rusty Hilst

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.

Dick Kendrick

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.

Summer Interns

Haley Stangle

Operations – Kansas City

Haley is from Boerne, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University in May of 2020 with a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Communications. One of her favorite things about golf is that anyone can play it at any age. In her free time she enjoys volleyball, hanging out with friends and family and going on hikes.

Mason McGill

Marketing & Communications – Kansas City

Mason was born in Overland Park, Kansas. He is a 20-year-old student athlete at Northwestern College in Orange city, Iowa. Mason is studying graphic design and business management in order to hopefully become an owner of a graphic design firm. Despite being a college soccer player, he enjoys the game of golf and its power to bring together those of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy each other’s company. In his free time Mason likes to go fishing, travel the world, and spend time with his friends. 

Evan Highfill

Operations – Kansas City

Evan is from Overland Park, Ks. He went to Rockhurst High School and is currently attending William Jewell College in Liberty. His plan is to get a degree in Digital Media Communications and a minor in Business. He is also a member of the golf team at William Jewell and works on the newspaper staff. His goal for the future is to work marketing and social media in the sports sector. His favorite part about golf is the community it provides you with and the challenge it presents. In his free time he loves to take pictures and spend time with family and friends.   

Megan Lucas

Operations – Kansas City

Megan is from Topeka, Kansas. Currently, she attends Wichita State University where she is a member of the women’s golf team. She is studying accounting with a minor in Spanish. Some of her favorite things about golf include getting to meet new people, spending time outside, and playing different courses all over the country. She is not certain what she wants to do after college, but she would like to pursue a career that is involved with golf in some way. Outside of golf, she enjoys being active, exploring new places, and cooking. 

Brayden Neuschafer

Operations – Lawrence

Brayden Salina, Kansas and currently a senior at Kansas State University studying Marketing with a certificate in Sports & Entertainment Marketing. After college, he hopes to get a job in sports, whether in golf or with a professional sports organization. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and hanging out with friends & family.

Brock Malm

Operations – Lawrence

Brock is from McPherson, Kansas and just recently graduated from Wichita State, majoring in Business along with a minor in Sport Management. He has prior golf experiences working the Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine in the summer of 2019, along with the Wichita Country Club during his time in college. Outside of golf he enjoys traveling, watching K-State & the Royals, and hanging out with friends & family.