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From the Editor ....................................................... 6 KC Golf Course Guide & Location Map ........ 20 - 21 Lake of the Ozarks Course Guide ...................... 34 Driving Ranges, Golf Stores, Private Courses ...... 42 Charity Golf Tournaments ................................... 44 Youth On Course Guide Juniors Play Golf for $5 ... 45

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KC Golf Classic Unveils Tournament Website Drive, Chip & Putt Junior Qualifying for the 2019 Masters Finals.

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KC Golf News — Unity Village Golf Club Opens New Pro Shop!

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Reflections — Tom Watson to Compete at Shadow Glen

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Photo of the Month Contest — WIN FREE GOLF Take Your Best Shot at Guessing the Photo of the Month

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Playing Better — Do You Have The Correct Grip?

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Did You Know? — Your Old Wedges Lose Stopping Power

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Pro Tips — How To Get Out of Greenside Bunkers — It’s All About The Bounce

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Wow Those Kids Are Good! ’m not sure what was more fun to watch last month, the Masters or the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals — wow those kids are good!

I watched a 14-year-old girl hit a drive of 233 yards, a 13-year-old girl hit a drive of 219 yards, three 14-15-year-old boys hit drives of 242 to 262 yards and a 10-year-old boy with a drive of 239 yards. And, their chipping and putting was just as awesome. After watching these kids, I used the shot distance feature on my Bushnell GPS watch, which tells you how far you have hit any club in your bag. I was quickly humbled to know that 10 to 15-year-old girls and boys hit drives farther than most of the golfers I play with — including me. Wow, those kids have amazing golf swings! Maybe it’s time my group moves up a tee box. See the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying sites schedule on page 8 and qualify for the 2019 National Finals at the Masters. This year’s Masters was no doubt one of the best in recent years. Watching Patrick Reed hang on to the lead for 72 holes was impressive. Imagine, playing that well four days in a row. More often than not, I can’t hold it together for 18 holes! It’s no secret that most golf fans were pulling for Fowler, Spieth, Bubba or even Rahm to make a miracle come back during the final round and sport that coveted green jacket. It was exciting to watch! Patrick Reed said in a post-game interview, “I’m not sure why people don’t like me.” Most of the fan animosity goes back to Reed’s college antics. Reportedly, he didn’t socialize with his teammates and was disliked. Others don’t like his demeanor on the course or lack of fan interaction. College days have long passed for Reed, and no matter what people think of him, he was the only golfer to hold a 72-hole lead at this year’s Masters. He made it to the Butler Cabin for a green jacket, which, by the way, was slipped on by another (at one time) somewhat controversial golfer. Jason Dufner is another interesting guy. I’ll never forget when he won last year’s Memorial Tournament, and as golf fans cheered with screams of joy for his win, he walked through the crowd with no acknowledgments to them. It wasn’t until he reached family and friends that he smiled like Kuchar. Dufner’s career earnings to date are over $25,000,000. I assume, he doesn’t care what I think of how he celebrates victories. Still, I’ll be watching The Players Championship, May 10 - 13 at TPC Sawgrass, and the Memorial Tournament, May 31 – June 3 at Muirfield Village G.C. Until then, I hope to see you on the golf course.

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he KC Golf Classic recently announced a new tournament website (KCGolfClassic.com), which is now live and the online home for one of the most popular events on the Web.com Tour schedule over the past eight years. The tournament is set to be contested the week of July 30 – August 5, at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.

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The tournament website incorporates a new logo and will be the host for all information pertaining to the event, including tickets, volunteer and Pro-Am opportunities, sponsorship packages and spectator information. “We are really pleased with our new website and our overall rebranding efforts,” said KC Golf Classic Executive Director Drew Van Meeteren. “We are thrilled with the result and look forward to our fans visiting www.KCGolfClassic.com for continually updated tournament information as we lead into our event.” The KC Golf Classic also released social media handles for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The handles will feature tournament information as well as Web.com Tour event and player updates, along with photos and videos. Information regarding the KC Golf Classic can be found via the following social media handles: • Twitter.com/KCGolfClassic • Facebook.com/KCGolfClassic • Instagram.com/KCGolfClassic “Social media has become an effective avenue for communicating with fans and the business community, and we look forward to growing our reach within the greater Kansas City area to cement the KC Golf Classic as one of the area’s premier sporting events,” said Van Meeteren. For more information about the KC Golf Classic, please visit www. KCGolfClassic.com or email info@KCCrusaders.org. Web.com Tour - KC Golf Classic, 7111 West 98th Terr., Suite 140, Overland Park, KS 66212.  8 TEE TIMES GOLF GUIDE

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he national Drive, Chip & Putt Championship is a joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, the USGA and the PGA of America. Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental golf skills. Drive, Chip and Putt provides aspiring junior golfers, girls and boys ages 7-15, an opportunity to compete with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters tournament and is broadcast live by the Golf Channel. Registration for Drive, Chip and Putt is now open. While local qualifying is available in all 50 states, junior golfers within the Kansas City and Lake of the Ozarks areas can qualify at the following courses. June 12 — Turkey Creek & Ken Lanning Center, Jefferson City, MO June 25 — Fred Arbanas G.C., Kansas City, MO July 11 — Eagle Bend G.C., Lawrence, KS July 17 — Canyon Farms G.C., Lenexa, KS Aug. 6 — Sub-Regional: Fred Arbanas G.C., Kansas City, MO The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the 2019 National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 1, the eve of the 2018 Masters. For more information about entering, Rules and Regulations, please visit www.DriveChipAndPutt.com.

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he Unity Village Golf Club, founded in 1921, opened as a private course for Unity members, but in 2015, the course opened to public play, and ongoing upgrades and additions have been in the works since.

shop enables more inventory that was not possible before. Men and women’s restrooms are also brand-new, along with a kitchen and office space for James Burrow, the new superintendent and manager of grounds.

In July 2017, a new outdoor deck area, accommodating up to 48 people, was added to the clubhouse — complete with umbrella tables and chairs, a bar rail and rail-bench seating. “The deck addition is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, and now that it’s complete, it will be great for our golf tournaments to have plenty of space for their outing guests,” said Max Yost, former manager of grounds — now retired. “We were able to complete the deck job quickly over the July 4th week, thanks to all the volunteers who built it — they did a great job.”

Burrow came to Unity Village last winter with big shoes to fill after Yost’s retirement at the same time. Yost, had been the superintendent and manager of grounds for 43 years. “It was time to retire,” said Yost. “I’ve loved every day of working here and seeing all the changes over the years, but now, maybe I’ll have time to play more golf.”

New Precedent Club Car golf carts where also delivered last July. The new carts are top-of-the-line with an interesting color scheme — a classy navy-blue color with flat black roofs and yes, windshields too. After the new carts were delivered and deck area opened. Yost said, “Our next project is to totally remodel the pro shop.”

Burrow said, “I have been a golf course superintendent for the past eight years and worked at golf courses for over 15 years. I plan on doing some things the way Max did but, I also have some new ideas, which I feel will be beneficial for Unity Village Golf Course and will continue to make it the place that everyone has come to enjoy.”

If all that work was not enough. Last year, the course also opened a new driving range with both artificial turf and grass teeing areas to yardage targets up to 280 yards. There’s also a chipping and putting green to warm-up at before your round. In April this year, an all-new, nearly 1,000-square-foot pro shop and snack bar opened. Prior to the opening, the old classic but small pro shop was about 500 square feet and did not offer food products, nor had it changed much since the course opened. There was a small residence to the rear of the old pro shop that was gutted, and that area of the clubhouse is a new snack bar that serves hot foods, beer and cold beverages. The expanded pro 10

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Cleveland has introduced the CBX line of wedges, which is designed for players that use cavity-back irons. There are cavity-back wedges being offered, but they typically don’t have the newest in groove technology — Tour Zip grooves. Cleveland decided to incorporate the newest groove technology in a cavity-back wedge in its new CBX wedge. By using a cavity-back design and moving the weight in the head, Cleveland has been able to add forgiveness to the wedge. The CBX line is designed with the Dual V-Sole, which features a V shaped design running both front to back and from heel to toe. The front to back V is designed to offer better interaction with the turf. The heel to toe V gives more forgiveness by having a slightly wider toe and a thinner heel that promotes playability. The Tour Zip grooves, with Rotex technology, are deeper and narrower for more spin. Now, the cavity-back iron player can CBX wedges offer distinct groove have desired forgiveness and not give up the design between lofts. spin that players need for a great short game. Titleist continues its market domination with the introduction of the new SM7 wedges. The SM7 wedges take the performance of the SM6 wedges to another level, by using progressive “center of gravity” for better control and feel. Progressive center of gravity is a design that moves the weight up and down on the wedge depending on the loft of the club. On a higher lofted club, like a 60-degree wedge, the player doesn’t need the weight to be low to help the ball get in the air. Titleist has been able to move this weight higher to help with trajectory and control. As the loft decreases, the weight is moved down the face to keep this advantage of trajectory and control. The Titleist SM7 wedges also feature spin milled grooves, which are cut even sharper, to maximize spin. The SM7 wedges come in a large variety of bounces (photo on left with blue showing different bounces/grinds), grinds and lofts. In fact, there are 23 different combinations. This can be a little overwhelming to choose from, but with the help 12

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f it’s been a few years since you’ve replaced your wedges with new wedges, then it’s time you take a serious look at doing so. Did you know that after 75 rounds, your wedge can increase roll-out distance by 18 feet? That means, it has lost “stopping power” that you need to account for during approach shots. This could prove to be the year to improve your golf game by “slamming on the brakes” with new wedges. Let’s take a look at some of 2018 wedge options.

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of a clubfitter at your local golf course pro shop, you can get the correct wedges for your game. The Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (MD4) wedges are making heads turn with a proprietary “Groove in Groove” technology, which creates 84 points of contact on the face. This face roughness maximizes the spin on the wedges by creating grooves on top of grooves (photo on lower left). Callaway offers four sole grinds in the MD4 wedges. The C-Grind (8-degrees of bounce) is designed for players with a shallower angle of attack. The S-Grind is 10-degrees of bounce and fits most swing types and turf conditions. The W-Grind and the new X-Grind are both wedges with 12-degrees of bounce and are ideal for the player who has a steeper attack angle and softer ground conditions. The MD4 wedges come in 21 different combinations of loft and bounce. Ping Glide 2.0 wedges are designed for the needs of all players. Ping’s priority in creating the Glide 2.0 wedge was to increase spin, while keeping the elegant, sleek look of the Glide wedge. Additional grooves have been added to the face to accomplish this. These wedges come with a variety of lofts and sole designs to appeal to players of all abilities. A good wedge offering that might fit your game. Mizuno’s new S18 wedges are forged from 1025 Boron to give golfers a great combination of feel and strength. Mizuno has increased the roughness on the face, with “Quad Cut Grooves,” to increase spin, and the wedges feature a floating center of gravity for better control. Mizuno makes very good wedges and are worth a test drive. The selection of quality wedges for 2018 is quite large, so golfers must be asking, “How do I choose the right wedge for my game?” The only way to make a good/correct choice is to visit your local golf course pro shop. Your clubfitter will be able to go over the benefits of each wedge. Then you should try the clubs outside in “real life” conditions for the best fit for “you.” The enjoyment of the game comes when you get the correct wedges for “your” game.  See what happens with your old wedges on page 28. Eddie Hall is the general manager at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex and owner of Paradise Pointe Golf Shop. Hall preforms hundreds of custom clubfittings yearly. For questions or help with your golf clubs, contact him at eddie.hall@paradisepointegolf.com.

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Tom Watson to Compete at Shadow Glen The 12th Annual Watson Challenge at Shadow Glen June 8-10 Words and Photography by Alan Hoskins

Tom Watson’s 189-yard 5-iron approach shot on the 506-yard par-5 18th, reaching the green in two, then two-putting for birdie to finish five shots in front of Sean Dougherty, securing his win at the 2009 Championship at Shadow Glen.

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om Watson has not played a round of golf at Shadow Glen Golf Club since winning the Watson Challenge in 2009. He has not won a Watson Challenge in the last four years and, until mid-April, had not played a competitive round in a couple of months. He’s also coming off his worst finish at the 2017 Challenge. His playing time is limited by his wife’s battle with cancer, and at 68 years of age, he no longer hits the ball nearly as far as youngsters like Andy Spencer and Chase Hanna, the winners of two of the last three Challenges. So, he’s not a contender in the 12th annual Watson Challenge at Shadow Glen June 8-10? Considering Watson’s won five Challenges and finished second four times (twice in playoffs), better not count him out. You need to go no farther than this year’s Par 3 tournament at the Masters, where Watson ended a lengthy layoff by becoming the oldest to win, finishing with a 6-under par 21, while playing with fellow golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. “I said after I birdied the first four holes, it would be all right to win,” Watson said, who also won it in 1982. “Of course, you never win the tournament if you win the par 3, but since I’m not playing the tournament, let’s go

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for it this year.” His playing partners were ecstatic. “Seeing Tom at 68 and putting the way he did was simply a joy,” said Player. “The Watson of old,” echoed Nicklaus. “The only two-putt green he had was on the last one.” As for this year’s Watson Challenge, “He’s definitely going to be a factor,” asserts Rob Wilkin, the 2016 Challenge champion and PGA professional from Heritage Park. “I played with him in the first-round last year, and he didn’t play particularly well — then shot 69 the last

round. He’s still awesome to watch. The lights could come on, and he could beat anyone,” said Wilkin. “Until he stops playing, you can never count him out,” says Blue Hills head pro Sean Dougherty, who has finished runner-up in a record five Challenges. “It’s unbelievable, the drive and determination the guy has. It’s amazing. I’ve never met a more competitive player. He might not show his competitiveness as much as a Patrick Reed. Tom is more subtle and reserved, but it’s there.” While his enthusiasm and competitive fire still burns, there’s a new passion in Watson’s life — following in wife Hilary’s footsteps riding cutting horses, a 2½ minute equestrian event in which a rider and horse must separate two cows from a herd. “I’ve not had a whole lot of chances to have a club in my hand; I’ve been practicing my horsemanship,” says Watson. “It’s like Kermit the Frog says, I came to a fork in the road and I took it. There are a whole lot of variables in horsemanship. It’s a different arena, judges, cows, horses, a lot more. It’s not like being out there with a club in your hand and one decision.”

Tom Watson presents Andy Spencer (age 19) the 2017 Championship trophy after his record 12-under par for the tournament.

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Watson began his preparations by practicing at this year’s Masters, then played in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Atlanta

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and the Legends of Golf with Andy North at the Top of the Rock in Branson. He’ll only play in about seven events this year including the U.S. Senior Open, the British Senior Open at St. Andrews and The First Tee championship at Pebble Beach in September. Four other former champions have been invited to be in the field headed by Andy Spencer (2017 Champion), who at age 19 demolished last year’s field at Milburn Country Club. Firing a record 12-under par 204, Spencer won by a record seven shots over Hanna, the 2016 champion, and Spencer’s teammate at SM East High School and the University of Kansas. Wilkin and 2012 champ Joe Ida are also expected, along with veterans Dougherty and Steve Groom, one of three golfers along with Watson and Wilkin to play in every Challenge. Hanna held off Watson by one shot to win the 2015 Challenge at Mission Hills, and Wilkin won a five-hole playoff over Watson in 2016 before Spencer blew away the field with three sub-par rounds, 16 birdies and four bogeys in 2017.

It was, in fact, the 477-yard par-4 13th where Watson sealed his 2009 win in a duel with Sean Dougherty. “Sean double bogeyed the 13th hole to give me some breathing room; until then we were neckand-neck,” remembered Watson, who finished five shots in front with a 7-under 209. Birdies most likely will come early. “No. 1 is short [360 yards], but going up a pretty drastic hill, and you need a wedge or 9-iron to get the ball to the hole,” says Watson. “No. 2 is a par 5 [552 yards] that is reachable in two; and No. 3 is a short hole [348 yards] where you don’t have to hit driver. I like a course where you can get off to a good start — like Pebble Beach.” “You need to get off to a good start,” agrees Shadow Glen head professional David Resch. “One through five are good scoring holes. I always say, the golf course starts at No. 6; No. 6 through No. 13, with the par-3 No. 12 probably the most bogeyed hole on the course.”

There are three in particular. “No. 6 [465 yards] is uphill and all you want; one of the toughest holes,” says Watson. “No. 12 is long a par 3 [260 yards] with a big elevation drop, and No. 13 is a dogleg-right with an oxbow creek on the left — you have to play well. Those three — it’s a real challenge to make par.”

Founded by Watson in 2007 to determine Kansas City’s best golfer, the Challenge has exceeded all expectations, producing outstanding golf, exciting finishes, raised thousands and thousands of dollars for The First Tee of Greater Kansas City and buoyed Kansas City’s interest in the game. “It’s important to me and golf in Kansas City,” says Watson, a PGA Hall of Famer. “It’s got more people playing competitive golf. They want to get in; they want to play in it.” And despite being 68, Watson is not contemplating not competing, “I’ve not thought about that at all; I still intend to play.”

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Daily tickets are a bargain. For $25 you can see a golf Hall of Famer play golf on arguably the most beautifully landscaped golf course in Kansas City. 

Putting on the 9th green can be challenging as there are plenty of undulations to read.

Shadow Glen’s 401-yard par-4 9th hole flanked by a pond and bridge with a waterfall is one of the prettiest golf holes within the KC area. In Shadow Glen, Watson returns to a course he designed with Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. “As designer, I do know it pretty well and probably have a little advantage,” he says. “There’s a lot of holes you need to know where to hit the ball.”

Tom Watson at the 2017 Challenge with his son Michael as caddie.

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mpacting lives through golf.” Those four simple words have the honor of fulfilling a mission that has touched and continues to touch countless lives, due to the efforts of the individuals supporting the Midwest Section PGA Foundation. Although it took just nine months to establish in 2007, this charitable foundation has already created a legacy for a lifetime. Thanks to the tireless dedication of its board of directors and officers, the unpaid stewards of the Foundation, all of the monies acquired through generous sponsorships and/or grants are actively invested in the Foundation’s three pillars of service: youth, military and community programs.

Foundation was organized as a 501(c)(3) entity so we could raise funds with the purpose of giving it away by providing programs within our stated pillars.” Here is a glimpse into some of the many ways donations from the Foundation have supported its three pillars of giving. The Foundation has donated funds to support the Starting New at Golf (SNAG) programs in local schools. SNAG is a way to introduce youth to the game and make them aware of available junior golf programs. The Foundation has also supported its Footprints in Fairways initiative, the U.S. Kids Golf (Kansas City) Tour and PGA Junior League Golf programs.

The Midwest Section PGA continually strives to develop and advance opportunities for youth through the game of golf; to improve the physical, mental and social rehabilitation of military heroes and their families through the sport of golf; and to build goodwill, enhancing the quality of life and be the difference maker in the community through the game of golf. “The Midwest Section PGA Foundation represents the spirit of over 300 PGA professionals and friends of our sport,” emphasized Randy Towner, general manger/head professional at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, KS, and Foundation board member. “Each day we strive to impact lives through golf. Our foundation continues that commitment beyond our own clubs, through these three pillars.” Golf has been described as the game of a lifetime, and through this foundation, it is also showing its ability to remain an avenue to reach as many people as possible. Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer was once quoted as saying, “I believe golf can solve the world’s problems.” It appears, the individuals who support the Midwest Section PGA Foundation caught a whiff of that sentiment and have taken it to heart. “One of the ways we share the benefits of this great game is through this charitable foundation,” expressed Randy Hunt, President of the Foundation and PGA professional. “The Midwest Section PGA 16

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In support of the military, the Foundation has raised funds for PGA HOPE, contributing $7,000 towards the purchase of adaptive equipment, golf course fees, professional fees and lunch for veterans who participate in the programs. The Foundation has also been the title sponsor for the Kansas City Chapter of Folds of Honor and has sponsored the annual Down Range Clinic, which benefits veterans and active military members. In the community, the Foundation has donated thousands of dollars to various organizations, including the Victory Junction Gang Camp, the Noyes Home for Children, the Boys and Girls Club of Kansas City, and the Boys Scouts of America, Heart of America Council. “I have been actively involved in the golf industry for nearly five decades, and I can honestly say nothing has given me more satisfaction than to be involved with the Foundation,” reflected Hunt. “At its core, philanthropy is anything that represents a

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direct effort to help others — ideally, effort expended without expectations of getting something in return. Most of us learned as children that sharing is a good thing. We didn’t know we were practicing philanthropy. We just knew that giving to other people or important causes made us feel good.” Even though the Foundation has been in full swing for over a decade, it has barely scratched the surface in terms of its ability to serve so many worthwhile causes and organizations, and the enthusiasm its supporters have for its mission has gained considerable velocity and enthusiasm over the years. “The reason I am excited to be a part of the Foundation Board of Directors is to help provide charitable support to our Kansas City community through the game of golf,” indicated Andy Fisher, PGA head golf professional at The Kansas City Country Club. “We are actively providing/supporting programming for military veterans, people in our community with mental or physical handicaps, golf in-schools programs, junior golf activities, women’s programming, scholarship opportunities, etc. Our Footprints in Fairways philosophy identifies the many avenues with which our Foundation comes in contact. For example, a recent visit to Children’s Mercy Hospital from our Foundation board members brought the SNAG program to kids who are long-term patients. Putting a smile on their faces was quite enjoyable. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids and their parents was a special experience, and to be able to provide all of the help that we offer through the game of golf is a very rewarding feeling.” Whoever said that money cannot buy happiness was probably not familiar with the Midwest Section PGA Foundation, which has proven that money can certainly buy you happiness — if you spend it on someone else.  Ann Butenas is a contributing writer for the Midwest Section PGA. For more information about the Midwest Section PGA, call 816.229.6493 or visit www.midwest.pga.com.

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Tee Times Golf Guide™ STRONGLY RECOMMENDS VERIFYING INFORMATION HERE WITH THE COURSE YOU WANT TO PLAY. Many of the courses listed here now offer Dynamic Pricing, which fluctuates throughout the day. This guide reflects average daily rates. For best rates, we suggest visiting course websites. We rely on golf course management to submit any change to the rates listed below. It is not our intent to provide any incorrect information. Rates Can and Do Change Without Notice To Us. Rates are Non-Binding and Only a Reference Guide. Courses listed here should email updated information to Editor@TeeTimesMagazine.com. © 2018 Tee Times Golf Guide™ Inc. All Conceptual Designs Are Proprietary & Reprint Rights Reserved. Below are Kansas City Area Public Golf Courses Where You Can Find Tee Times Golf Guide™ Magazine

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24. Hidden Valley Golf Course 25. Hodge Park Golf Course 26. MariMack Golf Complex (par3) 27. Mozingo Lake Golf Course 28. Paradise Point/The Posse 28. Paradise Point/The Outlaw 29. Plattsburg Golf Club 30. Shiloh Springs Golf Club 31. Shirkey Golf Club 32. Shoal Creek Golf Club

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Do You Have The Correct Grip? —

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Remember the Three P’s.

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he grip is the most important fundamental in golf. Posture and alignment are important, but a having a solid grip will lead to a square clubface, consistent strikes and more distance. If you are struggling with making solid contact or fighting the dreaded slice or hook, the first checkpoint is your grip. You’ll be on your way to a better grip and golf game as long as you can remember the Three P’s: Placement, Pressure and Precision.

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How tight should you be holding the club? On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being a death grip, I want you to think 6-7 in terms of pressure. To check your hold, hold the club out in front of you, parallel to the ground. Next, have a friend try to pull the club out of your hands. If held properly, your friend should be able to pull the club out of your hands with slight resistance. When demonstrating this technique with my own students, I have almost pulled some of my students to the ground because their grip was so tight!

How do you position your hands on the club? First Club is able to and foremost, it is vital that hinge properly. you grip the club so it can hinge properly during the golf swing. Many of my students who struggle with their grip tend to hold the club too much in the palm of their hands. To check your placement, hold the club in your left hand, straight out from your belt buckle so that the club is parallel to the ground. If you are unable to hinge the club via your wrist to around a 90-degree angle, or if it seems uncomfortable to do so, you are gripping the club too much in your palm. In the photo above, I am able to hinge the club because I am gripping it more in the base of my fingers and not in the palm.

How tight do you hold the club? Notice I said hold. Some golfers tend to hear “grip” and want to choke the life out of the club. I’ve had students grip the club so tight that I can see the white under their fingernails. If your grip is too tight, your bigger muscles tend to tighten up as well. This will cause you to lift the club to the top of your swing and not hinge properly.

Precision: The ability to repeat your grip every single time takes practice. Humans are creatures of habit; the more often we repeat something, the more likely it will become habitual. Developing a precise grip doesn’t require you to be on the golf course or driving range. I tell my junior golfers that when they are at home watching TV, they should pull out their wedge and hold it. This is a great tip for every golfer to remember. 3

Your index finger and thumb should form a “V” shape. My grip (photo 2 below) is an example of a neutral grip. The “V” in your left hand should be directly pointed between your chin (photo 2) and right shoulder. If the “V” tactic doesn’t seem to work for you, then you can use your knuckles as a guide. In a proper left-hand grip, you should only be able to see two knuckles. Comparably, the “V” in your right hand (photo 3 on right) should point toward your chin and only one knuckle should be visible. My Right hand “V” points toward my chin.

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n elite girls golf program will launch in June at Shamrock Hills Golf Course. Shamrock Hills has partnered with Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Clinic to create this very unique program. The golf performance program, taught by a some of the best KC area PGA professionals, golf coaches and physical therapist, is designed for junior girl golfers to not only give young women more playing time, but to improve their golf performance. If you are or know an “Amateur Girl” golfer between the ages of 15 and 20 this is a program that you should take a serious look. The brainchild of Program Director, Ernie Wasmer MS, PT, who said, “We have worked closely with the MSHSAA and local girls' coaches to be certain that eligibility and amateur status is maintained. All participants will interact with local golf professionals, coaches and sport performance specialists. The Performance Programs will be conducted by well qualified staff members whose interests go beyond simply playing the great game of golf.” To accomplish the program’s goals, Wasmer says, “Each week we will offer an instructional program dealing with various aspects of golf. For example, topics for the ‘Instructional Program Phase’ will include pre-round exercises, off-season and in-season exercises, importance of general fitness to include strength, core stability and flexibility as related to golf, swing analysis presentation, putting instruction and drills, short game instruction and drills, and emphasis on golfing etiquette.” The Performance Program will be a “Two-Phase Approach.” First, as mentioned above, the “Instructional Phase” and second, the “On-Course Phase.” The initial competition will be flighted as to the estimated score or GIHN number that is listed on the registration form. Each of the following weeks, an “accumulative” score will determine into which flight the girl will be placed. The girl may be moved from one flight to another as their scores indicate. In addition, there will be an “Open Flight.” This flight will be available to any girl. The goal with the “Open Flight” is to provide a more advanced level of competition. Program Cost: The Elite Program includes the eight (8) green fees at Shamrock Hills, guaranteed four (4) individual one on one Sports Performance Sessions with Boost Professionals. Boost will provide pre-round and post-round fitness programs in cooperation with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) program. The Boost Performance Program will provide education and instruction in golf related exercises, warm-up exercises, body mechanics and injury prevention. The fee for the Elite Program is $164. Daily Agenda — Daily Instruction 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Specific topics related to the mental and/or physical components of golf. During the “Instruction Phase,” a staff member will discuss and demonstrate a specific topic. On-course play begins 8:48 a.m. (modified shotgun start), flighted for 9-hole competition. Wasmer says, “Our goal is to finish the 9-hole competition in 2 hours and 30 minutes. League Dates: The league will meet and play on Mondays: June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16 and 23. An 18-hole (flighted) tournament will be held during the July 23 round with a modified shotgun start. This is a great opportunity for junior girl golfers who want to excel by learning the game of golf from some of KC’s best instructors. Interested junior golfers should enroll by May 25. For inquires and registration forms, contact Ernie Wasmer, shsggl@yahoo.com. Host course, Shamrock Hills Golf Course, 816.537.6556, www.ShamrockHills.com. Located at 3161 W M291 Hwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082.  www.TeeTimesMagazine.com

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Golf Trick Shot Artists Go Viral

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Wyandotte County Open. This year, he’s the No. 1 player on the KCKCC golf team, while the 17-year-old Clark attends classes at Brighton Academy and plays golf for Christ Prep Academy in Lenexa, KS. He will enroll at KCKCC in the fall. But back to the trick shots. Clark first started an Instagram account in the fall of 2016, then teamed up with Morris in December to create gm__ golf. “Basically, we both could juggle pretty good, so we posted a couple of shots and got maybe 30 views,” says Clark. “Literally that same day, Micah was chopping wood using a golf swing with an ax and I said, ‘Hey, I’m going to record you.’ Two days later, we posted it on Instagram and it went viral, 300,000 hits or more.”

KCK’s Garrett Clark (left) and Micah Morris (right) are seen by millions on social media.

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ad it not been for a holein-one, Garrett Clark might never have gotten into golf. His cousin, Micah Morris, got into the game only after buying a set of used clubs at a pawn shop. Today, Clark and Morris are social media stars. Their trick golf shots are seen weekly @gm__golf/Instagram by hundreds of thousands if not millions on Instagram, U-Tube and other websites, as well as ESPN Sports Center’s Top 10, the Golf Channel and other over the air channels. It all started innocently enough on July 8, 2013. “I hated golf, but some of my neighborhood buddies and I decided to go play golf at the 6-hole junior course at Sunflower Hills,” said Clark who lives in the Piper area of Kansas City, KS. “After six holes, we were tied, so we decided to hold a playoff. It was an 85-yard hole, and I hit a 7-iron and made a hole-in-one. My focus on golf went from zero to 110. 24

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I literally quit soccer that day. The only reason I play golf was because of that holein-one.” Shortly thereafter, Morris decided to get into the game. “I went to a pawn shop and bought a set of used clubs for $45,” said Morris who was living on a farm north of Guthrie, OK, at the time. “We had about 45 acres, and they became my driving range.” Fast forward to 2016. After working three years for his father’s construction company in Guthrie, Morris had earned a golf scholarship in 2015 to Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), while Clark was moving up the ladder in junior golf. Last year, Clark won three Kansas City Junior tournaments in a row and the Hurricane tournament where he shot 72-68 at Sycamore Ridge Golf Course. Morris, meanwhile, was winning a Jayhawk Conference designated tournament at Colbert Hills in Manhattan, KS, and finishing runner-up in the very competitive

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From there, @gm__golf on Instagram took off as the duo began creating a bevy of trick shots, many on a 911-square-foot carpeted putting surface in the back yard. After six months, they had 3,000-4,000 followers and, within a month and a half, 10,000 in August of 2017. Their word was spread even farther by a trip to the PGA Golf Show in Orlando this past January, and today, it boasts 325 posts and 29,600 followers — and growing. “We have had more than 500 million views when you calculate the entire reach of our videos from social media to TV,” Clark said in an interview in early April. “We did an interview April 2 for a South Korean TV station, and this week alone, we have been approached from social media sources to reach another 500 million.” “We’re probably best known for our bank shots No. 1,” says Clark. “Dunk shots are No. 2, Stingers No. 3 and Golf Pong No. 4.” A dunk shot lands in the hole on the fly; stingers are close-ups of super lowrising drives hit off tees; and Golf Pong requires hitting a ball into a Solo cup (usually indoor). One of the latest shots, in which Clark banks a 4-iron off four blocks and dunks it in the cup, drew an additional 8,000 viewers (see photo upper right). “With South Korean TV broadcasting it, we have no idea what the count will be.”

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thought it was fake,” said Clark. “We said, no, and Right This Minute called us up on Skype and did a segment on us. It was cool, but frustrating. It happens a lot; people don’t believe us.”

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Just to prove there’s also some ability, Clark announces on one video that he’s going to birdie the par 5, 505-yard 11th hole at Sunflower Hills with (only) a 3-wood — and then goes out and does it, chipping his third shot to within a couple of feet — nearly an eagle!

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2 4 Among the most popular shots are one in which the ball banks six times before rolling in a hole; a towel shot in which Clark juggled a ball and Morris flips it backhandedly with a towel into a hole 45 feet away; a backward between the legs shot that bounces over Clark’s head into the hole; a chip shot between the legs of KCK buddy, Stephen Castaneda, that banks over his head and into a hole; and even, a chip shot by Clark to Morris balancing on one foot on a slack line while backhanding a towel shot 30 feet into the hole — a shot that leaves the cousins laughing uproariously. Trick shots aren’t reserved to the outdoors. One shot is chipped down one flight of stairs, blown around a corner by a fan and then down another flight of stairs into a Solo cup. Bank shots off interior walls into cups are common place. Another is a blind chip shot over a bed and into a cup, and there’s one shot in which a wedge shot that is chipped back and forth between the duo then goes into a cup. “One day, I came home and Garrett was standing on my kitchen table hitting balls out my kitchen window,” says his mother and home-school teacher, Tami Clark. One shot was so spectacular, it was not believed. Clark hit a 4-iron that banked off a wedge held by sister Hannah and rolled into the hole. “That video bumped our followers up by 5,000 but HouseOfHighlights.com

Shots are recorded on iPhones, so new shots can be created almost anywhere and anytime — such as a 40-foot putt down a motel hallway and then down a flight of steps into a cup. “We try to be as creative and original as possible,” says Clark. “It has to look cool and be original, creative, different. Dunk shots, which we are known for, are exceptionally hard. A lot of times the ball will hit in the hole and bounce out.” Patience is also a virtue. Most shots take many tries; some like the outdoor towel shot several hours. “We really want to be the youngest people in golf making a big difference on growing the game,” said Clark. “Our philosophy on life in general is based on my dad, who has raised me to ‘operate from the laws of attraction, affluence and abundance’ and to avoid at all costs ‘scarcity mentality.’ Our mission is to make the game and our lives as attractive as we can and not in an artificial sense. Just be authentic on and off the course.” You must see the new video trick shots that are posted each Tuesday @gm__golf on Instagram. With a couple of hundred tricks already recorded, one might guess there’s nothing left. Not so, says Clark. “New ideas are not as hard as I thought.” 

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Accomplished golfers in their own right, cousins Garrett Clark (left) and Micah Moore (right) are even more accomplished at juggling golf balls, even if a ball needs a kick to keep it in the air or juggled off the heel of a wedge. (photo by Alan Hoskins) s oe ll g Ba ole!  nh i

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s it time for you to look at getting new wedges? How do you know if you need new wedges and are your current wedges good enough? These are good questions, so let’s look at finding the answers to these questions.

Wedges are the “Scoring Clubs,” so it’s important to not only know how to use them well, but also when you’ve used them so much that they’re no longer helping you. In fact, your wedges could be working against you. Titleist recently did research testing that really gives a good indication on how a wedge holds up to everyday play. When hitting a wedge into a green, we obviously think about how far we want the ball to carry to make it stop near the hole. That is just one part of a good shot. We also need to know how far that wedge shot will “roll-out” before it puts on the brakes. Titleist has done testing which shows that the more our wedges are played, the “roll-out” increases. With wedges, “roll-out” or increased distance is not a good thing. This is due to fresh versus worn grooves on the club. 1. If we assume that with fresh grooves, the ball will roll-out about 10 additional feet after hitting the ground, how does wear impact the roll-out? 2. After 75 rounds that same wedge will now increase roll-out by 18 feet. 3. After 125 rounds, the ball will now roll-out 24 feet. WOW! 4. That means, if I am going to hit a wedge shot over a bunker in the front of the green, I need to figure the carry of the shot, but also the 24 feet roll-out. If it rolls out too much, I could roll over the green and into the back bunker. But, I thought it was a good shot! Well, it could have been, but your worn clubs are not as good as last year! How many rounds do you play a year? • If you average playing twice a week and you play nine months out of the year, you are playing 72 rounds per year. So, after just one year, you need to allow for an additional 8 feet of roll-out. • After playing our wedges for just a year and a half, we need to allow for an additional 14-feet of roll-out on the green versus when the wedges were new. That’s hard to do for any golfer. I hope the greens are big enough! Wow, if I want to decrease my scores, it seems like it might be best to look at new wedges. How do we choose the correct wedges for our swing? Schedule time with your golf course professional and see about a wedge fitting. He or she has the tools and knowledge to help. We find it is imperative that we fit outside to be able to see what the ball does in real life situations. Your game and money are worth seeking out a professional to help find the correct wedges for “you;” that work best for your game. Remember there are many choices when it comes to golf clubs, so hit and get fitted before you buy!

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The Wear on Your Wedge Grooves Affects Your Spin Control The following is information about wedge testing provided by the Titleist Vokey R&D team who tested three levels of groove wear using a proprietary wedge robot at the Manchester Lane test facility. The results? Wedges with fresh grooves lead to more precise shots. What Are The Effects of Groove Wear? Titleist (Vokey R&D team) tested wedges (using a proprietary wedge robot) played for 125 rounds, 75 rounds and a new wedge with fresh grooves.

● Fresh Grooves: 33° launch angle | 8500 RPM Spin | 10 feet of roll-out ● 75 Rounds: 34° launch angle | 7400 RPM Spin | 18 feet of roll-out ● 125 Rounds: 35° launch angle | 6500 RPM Spin | 24 feet of roll-out What Causes Groove Wear? Golfers encounter a variety of conditions with their wedges that lead to the groove edge wearing down over time. Every golfer should evaluate their wedges and grooves at about 75 rounds of play to get the best spin performance. The Leading Causes of Groove Wear ● Regular practice and play creates normal wear and tear ● Bunker shots expose the face to millions of small pebbles and rocks ● Sandy lies, debris on the golf ball, rocks and bag chatter ● Use of range balls or other hard covered balls Inspecting Your Wedges Wedges may look fine but may not be delivering maximum spin. You should inspect your wedges for groove wear every 75 rounds. Start by inspecting the overall physical condition of the wedge and grooves. A visit to your local Titleist Certified Fitter to evaluate launch, spin and roll out will ensure you are playing with the best performing wedges.  See test video at www.titleist.com/golf-clubs/wedges/grooves See new wedges equipment article on page 12. Eddie Hall is the general manager at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex and owner of Paradise Pointe Golf Shop. Hall preforms hundreds of custom clubfittings yearly. For questions or help with your golf clubs, contact him at eddie.hall@paradisepointegolf.com. www.TeeTimesMagazine.com


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Becoming a good bunker player has much to do with understanding the correct part of the wedge that you want to use in bunkers, which has a direct correlation with ball placement in your stance. In bunkers, the more a player can engage the “bounce” of the club (the sole of the club), the less likely the player will leave a ball in the bunker after their shot.  To help engage the “bounce” during your bunker shot, try playing the ball way forward in your stance — basically where you would set-up to hit your driver. This will help engage the bounce of the club and not the leading edge, which promotes digging and is the cause of a lot of those fat bunker shots that remain in the bunker or rocket across the green. Don’t play the ball further back in your stance, it drastically increases the chance that the leading edge will engage the sand and not the bounce of the club.  The red highlighted area (in photo above) represents the leading edge of the sand wedge. The green highlighted area is where “bounce” is located. When you hit a bunker shot, the club (wedge) should open up, engaging the bounce thus making bunker shots much easier. If the leading edge enters the sand first, the club digs-in and often causes those dreaded fat shots.

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Above are side-by-side pictures. As you can see, the picture on the left demonstrates correct ball position. With the ball placed forward in your stance, it is much easier to use the bounce of the wedge correctly, therefore making successful bunker shots. The picture on the right shows the ball too far back in the stance. This tends to result in a steeper angle of attack, which can cause the leading edge to engage the sand first, resulting in inconsistent (poor) bunker shots. Remember, next time you’re in a greenside bunker — It’s All About The Bounce!  Shane Blankenship is a PGA staff member at Old Kinderhook. For more information, contact him at the new Shane Blankenship School of Golf, 573-317-3573 or sblankenship@oldkinderhook.com.

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] Grip It & Rip It ]

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hink you know a lot about golf shafts? Think again! Did you know, there are no standards for shaft flex? It can be different for every manufacturer. Playability tolerances in each category of stiff or regular shafts are vast! To understand this better, I spoke with several shaft industry leaders:  Fujikura’s Sales Manager Chad Embrey; Victor Afable, CEO of VA Composites; Gawain Robertson, owner of ACCRA Shafts; and Nick Sherburne, co-founder of Club Champion.   Club Champion, the #1 premium clubfitter, builder and retailer of the best brands in golf. Their master fitters and builders are unrivaled experts whose approach is unbiased, where no specific vendor is promoted. The only goal is to find the best combination of components to lower your scores. Club Champion offers over 35,000 hittable shaft and head combinations, making Sherburne an expert on this topic.   “The industry taught us the clubhead is the engine of the golf club because that’s “what hits the ball,” but the shaft is far more important,” Sherburne says. “With thousands of shaft options and no industry ‘flex’ standards, it’s nearly impossible for golfers to find the shaft that performs best for them without professional help. It’s important to find

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a skilled fitter with a launch monitor to find the right shaft to maximize your performance.”   According to Robertson, “Terms like stiff or regular flex are so generalized, they essentially mean nothing. Different sections of the shaft can be totally different flexes.” Manufacturers design shafts for three different sections: 1) butt (the grip end), 2) midsection and 3) tip sections. They can produce shafts that are soft in the middle, stiff at the tip, and medium in the butt or any combination imaginable.  Robertson adds, “Clubfitters understand the profiles of shafts. If a player needs something with a softer tip section and a stiffer butt section, they know which shaft has that profile. Club Champion’s understanding of how to fit golfers is an

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integral part of any club being successful in a player’s hands.” Embrey adds, “Flex specifications are impacted by torque — a misunderstood shaft specification. Many golfers believe lower torque means better shafts, which is not necessarily true. Seasoned fitters will often choose a higher torque shaft for smoother, slower swingers to help get the ball up in the air faster and create spin. Lower torque is better for players that swing aggressively.”   Afable believes custom fitting is very important. “Shafts with various weights and flexes react differently to individual heads. Some retail stores sell shafts off a wall. The problem is, they may or may not be the right shaft for you. Furthermore, the builder who installs the shaft may not know how to trim it correctly, which is where things can go wrong. It is essential to find a highly skilled fitter, who understands the difference and are trained to properly fit and install shafts.”   There is an enormous difference between club manufacturers’ stock shafts and the high-end aftermarket models Tour professionals play. Typically, cheaper shafts are made from lower grade materials. They’re manufactured in larger quantities in places like Mexico and Vietnam, which often

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means watered down tolerances. Exotic materials from Japan maintain very tight tolerances, not only for weight or flex, but straightness and roundness of the shaft. When a shaft is not rolled or manufactured properly, there will be gaps within the layers of graphite, which can really affect performance. Embrey adds, “Mostly, OEM shafts do what they’re intended to do, but they’re not designed to dial players in.” (OEM is an acronym that stands for “original equipment manufacturer.”)   Club Champion uses a unique coupling system allowing golfers to hit any combination of heads and shafts. They find combinations that solve a golfer’s problems. Many clubfitters use clubfitting carts provided by club manufacturers; however, they are unable to mix-and-match across manufacturers carts to determine the ideal combination. Club Champion offers hundreds of shafts, many not available through most other fitters and retailers.   Sherburne believes golfers should start thinking about what value they put on

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Bunkers — Love `em, Hate `em

by Jacob Rockhold, Superintendent

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he dreaded sand traps (bunkers) are a headache for all of us. Golfers hate hitting into them and hate hitting out of them even more. Golf course maintenance crews hate raking, mowing and repairing them. Bunkers slow down play, add strokes to players game, and take more money to maintain than most golfers think. With so much hatred, why do courses even have them? Bunkers were not necessarily an original part of the design with the first golf courses built. Links courses in Scotland were usually built or played along coastlines or in low lying areas. As sand from the coast blew across the course, it collected in low areas and, eventually, were adopted as “hazards” that golfers were forced to play from — as it lies. In those days, sheep grazed on the course trimming the grass. When the sheep would seek shelter from weather and wind, they often burrowed into low areas on the course and eventually wore out those areas down to the native sandy soil. As golf became more popular, sand traps where integrated into course designs and eventually called bunkers because of the similarity in deepness to bunkers used during warfare.

I suspect that few golfers know today’s costs associated with maintaining sand bunkers. Costs include the machines, tools, sand, drainage, liners, fuel and labor. Every bunker is different, and each requires different amounts of labor attention. Machines, such as new riding bunker rakes, cost between $15,000 - $20,000. Other tools are also required to maintain bunkers, such as shovels and rakes. The bunker rakes golfers find around bunkers (although seem to rarely use) cost between $10 - 20 per rake. Courses with 18 holes are known to have 200 - 400 rakes. Riverbased sand can be inexpensive, but sands such as, pure white sands are often manufactured and ground from various materials, which can be expensive. I’m sure, you’ve noticed that all bunker sand-types can become contaminated with silt or soil that compacts and discolors — yuk! White sand is more prone to contamination. We often replace bunker sand every 7-10 years, regardless of color or cost. Believe it or not, good bunker drainage is important as players want to be able to play quickly after rain storms. We strive for consistent conditions; dry sand and bunkers that drain well. But, drainage clogs often, so repairs are constantly required. The liners underneath the sand have become increasing necessary to assist with drainage and to hold sand in place on the large sloped edges or faces. Over time, liners fail or deteriorate, need repaired or replaced. 38

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And then the labor — a mandatory factor to maintain every bunker requires — weeding, raking, trimming, repairing, designing and installing. I don’t think they’ve created a robot yet to rake bunkers, but maybe robots will be an addition to help with bunkers in the future — at a steep cost. Every course is different; a different number of bunkers in different shapes, sizes and locations. Some courses have hundreds of bunkers, while others have few to none. Courses often measure their bunkers by the square-foot to calculate the amount of materials needed for them. Every course has different size budgets and/or demands for conditions. How much does it cost to “refurbish” a bunker? Well, that’s likely a loaded question. I’ll refer back to all the factors and costs associated with bunkers previously mentioned. But on average, sand costs between $1-3 per square-foot. Liners cost about $2-3 per square-foot. If an average bunker is 2,000 square feet. It can cost between $6,000 and $12,000 to renovate just one bunker. Courses can have on average between 1 to 3 acres of bunkers. Renovations can vary from hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions. An average golf course can spend nearly $500,000 on complete renovations with new drainage, liner and sand. If bunkers are renovated “in-house” by the maintenance staff, the renovation progress takes longer than if it’s hired-out to a company. Courses that do the bunker work in-house are usually able to complete 7-10 per year with the cost to complete the work being possibly less expensive; however, the labor and cost is spread out over 4-5 years depending on the number bunkers that course has. After 4-5 years, some of those first renovated bunkers are again in need of repair. It’s a never-ending cycle for golf course maintenance. Because of all these expenses associated with bunkers, courses are removing bunkers from their design, trying to save some money any way they can. Most golfers and superintendents agree that sand bunkers can make a golf course look amazing, but no matter how well the bunkers look, golfers still don’t want to hit their ball into one — me included!  Jacob Rockhold interned at Baltusrol Golf Club in 2012. He most recently worked at Shadow Glen Golf Club, as an assistant. In 2015, Rockhold accepted the position as superintendent at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Blue Springs, MO. Jacob can be reached at jrockhold@stonecanyongolfclub.com.

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Kansas City Area Golf Options — a Chip Shot Away... Sunflower Hills Golf Course One of KC’s Longest

BONNER SPRINGS, KS — Sunflower Hills 18-hole championship golf course plays at 7,001 from the back tees and has earned a reputation as one of the foremost and longest golf courses in the Kansas City area. It opened in May 1977 and is owned by Wyandotte County. Though it’s in Kansas, it’s hilly, tree-lined Zoysia fairways make control and accuracy important. It offers five sets of tees (with the forward tees at 5,081 yards), large rolling greens, Zoysia fairways, numerous bunkers and water hazards making it very enjoyable for all golfers. Other course amenities include a 30-station driving range with accurate targets and measurements. It boasts one of the largest putting greens in the entire Midwest, providing the ability for the golfer to practice putts for all degrees of difficulty. There are also chipping and pitching greens and a practice bunker. Amenities include a full service pro-shop, grill area, and PGA Professionals providing lessons and clubfitting. Sunflower Hills also offers one of the best junior golf facilities in the Kansas City area. The Junior golf course features six holes with three sets of tees. This is a scenic course and is extremely popular among Kansas City area golfers. The course is located adjacent to the Kansas Speedway, Village West and is just minutes from downtown Kansas City, MO. It offers very affordable walking or riding green fees. Truly one of those great courses most golfers don’t think about playing often enough — but should! Sunflower Hill Golf Course, 913.573.8570. Located at 12200 Riverview Road, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. www.SunFlowerHillsGolfCourse.com.

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Minor Park Golf Course

Can You Golf All 36 Holes?

A Walk in the Park

SMITHVILLE, MO — Golf all day at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex where you will find the Northlands’ only 36-hole golf complex. The original course, the “Posse,” opened in 1982 and is located on the shores of Smithville Lake. Its excellent layout features water hazards and beautiful views of the Lake. An 18-hole, par 72 with Bluegrass fairways and Bentgrass greens, it plays 6,663 yards from the back tees. The “Outlaw” course, designed by wellknown Architect Craig Schreiner, is a par 72 course that opened in 1994. It features 7,016 yards of plush Zoysia fairways, large Bentgrass greens with many of its holes featuring more beautiful Lake views. One of the KC area’s superior public courses with many holes that could be considered as signature holes. Records show that the James Gang actually lived and frequented this area long before there was Smithville Lake — hence the course names. A great golf facility with excellent course conditions and superior customer service. Paradise Pointe offers one of the best practice areas within the KC area — a large driving range. General Manager Eddie Hall inventories a large selection of the latest name-brand golf equipment and an extended supply of apparel. The clubhouse offers a sports bar, appropriately named, the “Hideout,” preserving the course’s Jesse James theme. This course is always in superb condition and offers golfers an incredible value. Best of all — you’re at the Lake and haven’t even left KC! Paradise Pointe Golf Complex, 816.532.4100. Located at Smithville Lake 18212 Golf Course Rd., Smithville, MO 64089. www.ParadisePointeGolf.com.

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Chip Shots

KANSAS CITY, MO — Minor Park Golf Course has long been known as is one of the busiest courses in town — and for good reason. The golf course is popular with golfers of all ages who enjoy its wide, wellgroomed Zoysia fairways and medium sized Bentgrass greens. The course layout is ideal for the beginner and the more experienced golfer who wants an enjoyable relaxing round of golf. The course offers golfers many different shot challenges at greens that are smaller compared today’s newer courses, but the design requires accurate approach shots or a really good short game. A par 70 course that plays 5,570 yards from the tips, so long drives are not as necessary as accuracy in landing shots in fairways and on greens. Large mature trees line the fairways providing plenty of shade on those hot summer days. However, the trees can also cost you on the scorecard if you’re on the opposing side. If you’re a walker, this is a good choice for your next round. While there are plenty of rolling hills, valleys and doglegs to entertain you, it’s a very walkable layout. Or, take the scenic route in a riding cart, it’s just as much fun. Minor Park offers a lighted driving range and large practice greens for putting and chipping, pro shop and snack bar. The city of Kansas City owns the course and has continually invested in capital improvements. For the price of a greens fee, just $32 with cart ($20 walk) weekdays, this course is one of the area’s best values and one that deserves a few good shots from you… Enjoy! Minor Park Golf Course, 816.942.4033. Located at 11215 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131. www.MinorParkGolfCourse.com.

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NEWS

USGA Championship Qualifiers Tee Off This Month

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s the golf season officially arrives, the Kansas City Golf Association (KCGA) hopes players around the metropolitan area are gearing up for the many opportunities available over the next few months. This time of year is the busiest and most exciting for the Kansas City Golf Association. On top of the KCGA’s regional championships and junior golf tours, the KCGA holds many USGA Qualifiers throughout the summer and into the fall season, giving local golfers an opportunity to qualify for a chance of a lifetime — to play in a USGA Championship.

This season, the USGA will hold 15 championships across the country. A few of the well-known USGA Championships include: the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open, the U.S. Junior Amateur, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and the Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship. Fans of the game will remember Brooks Koepka’s dominating win at last year’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills to claim the championships at 16-under. There are two opportunities through the KCGA to qualify for the 118 U.S. Open Championship held this year at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY. The first U.S. Open Local occurs on May 9 at Wichita Country Club in Wichita, KS. The field is limited to 78 players with everyone fighting for limited spots to move on to the next step — a sectional qualifier. The second and final U.S. Open Local Qualifier will be held at the Golf Club at Creekmoor in Raymore, MO, on May 14. The field for this qualifier is limited to 90 participants. There is no age limit for golfers who wish to enter either qualifier, but there is a handicap index limit of 1.4. Entry fee for the U.S. Open Championship qualifier is $200. This is a one-time fee that includes entry into the U.S. Open Local qualifier as well as the U.S. Open Championship for those who qualify. Golfers who qualify at a local qualifier will then move on to a sectional qualifier and vie 40

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for a chance to move on to the championship. For those who distinguish themselves above the rest at a sectional qualifier, the U.S. Open Championship will take place June 14-17 in New York.

Below is the 2018 USGA Qualifiers schedule within the Kansas, MO area. All Entry Deadlines are 5 p.m. EDT. (See all USGA qualifier sites at https://champs.usga.org.) U.S. Open Local Qualifier Date: May 14 │ Entry Deadline: April 25 Site: The Golf Club at Creekmoor U.S. Senior Open Local Qualifier Date: May 23 │ Entry Deadline: May 16 Site: Blue Hills CC U.S. Junior Sectional Qualifier Date: June 14 │ Entry Deadline: June 6 Site: Milburn CC

Scott Livingston, low medalist at the 2017 U.S. Senior Open qualifier who qualified at Hallbrook Country Club. The KCGA’s last USGA Local Qualifier in May is the U.S. Senior Open Local at Blue Hills Country Club on May 23. The entry fee is $200 and includes entry to a local qualifier as well as entry to the championship for those who qualify. The handicap index limit is 3.4, and golfers must be 50 years old on or before June 28 to be eligible to play in the 39 U.S. Senior Open Championship. Those who qualify on May 23 will move on to the championship held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. The KCGA encourages all golfers who fit the eligibility criteria to enter the USGA Local Qualifiers — it could be the opportunity of a lifetime to go on and compete in a USGA Championships at prestigious golf clubs around the country. The KCGA helps specifically with 12 qualifiers throughout the months of May through October, but there are many other qualifiers across the country. For more information and a complete schedule of all USGA qualifiers and Championship dates, visit www.KansasCityGolfer.org or the USGA website https://champs.usga.org.

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U.S. Girls Junior Sectional Qualifier Date: June 18 │ Entry Deadline: June 6 Site: Flint Hills National GC U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional Qualifier Date: June 27 │ Entry Deadline: June 20 Site: Eagle Bend Golf Course U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier Date: July 16 │ Entry Deadline: June 27 Site: Milburn CC U.S. Senior Amateur Sectional Qualifier Date: August 2 │ Entry Deadline: July 11 Site: Crestview CC (North Course) U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifier Date: August 6 │ Entry Deadline: August 1 Site: Oakwood CC U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifier Date: August 6 │ Entry Deadline: August 1 Site: Oakwood CC U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Sectional Qualifier Date: October 22 │ Entry Deadline: August 15 Site: Kansas City Country Club U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Sectional  Date: October 23 │ Entry Deadline: August 15 Site: Mission Hills CC

Taylor Albritton is the 2018 USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern, for the Kansas City Golf Association. For information about the KCGA, call 913.649.5242 or visit at www. KansasCityGolfer.org.

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11215 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO

Paradise Pointe Golf Club ......... 816-532-4100 18212 Golf Course Rd., Smithville, MO Eddie Hall, PGA

Alvamar C.C. 785-842-2929 Blue Hills Country Club 816-942-3292 Brookridge Golf & Fitness 913-648-1600 Country Club of Leawood 913-491-1313 Grand Summit Golf & CC 816-331-3978 Hallbrook C.C. 913-345-1011 Indian Hills C.C. 913-362-6204 Kansas City C.C 913-362-8103 Lake Quivira C.C. 913-631-7577 Lakewood Oaks C.C. 816-373-6886 Lawrence Country Club 785-843-2938 Loch Lloyd C.C. 816-322-1022 Nicklaus C.C. Lions Gate 913-402-1000 Milburn C.C. 913-432-1224 Mission Hills C.C. 913-722-1085 Shadow Glen G.C. 913-764-2299 Oakwood C.C. 816-761-3670 Shawnee Golf & C.C. 913-422-8357 The Deuce The National C.C. 816-505-0650 The National Golf Club 816-741-0634 Wolf Creek Golf Links 913-592-4020

Peculiar Golf & Learning Center ... 816-779-0001 22115 E. Outer Rd., (71 Highway at the Peculiar Exit)

Shoal Creek Golf Course ........ 816-407-7242 8905 N Shoal Creek Pkwy., KC, MO 64157

Shoal Creek Golf Range ................ 816-734-9595 5757 NE 96th St., N. KC, MO

Stone Canyon Golf Course ..... 816-228.3333 22415 E. 39th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Tiffany Greens Golf Club ....... 816-880-9600

5900 NW Tiffany Springs Pkwy.

KC, MO

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Kansas City, MO 64155

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Unity Village Golf Club ......... 816-251-3582 1901 NW Blue Pkwy. Unity Village, MO (50Hwy & Colbern Rd.)

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Dick's Sporting Goods

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Dick's Sporting Goods (North Kansas City)

Zona Rosa New Urban Retail Center 816-436-3524 8665 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO

The Golf Channel Golf Academy at Martin City Sports Center (and retail store) 816-941-9000 1 West 135th Street, Martin City, MO www.MartinCitySports.com Paradise Pointe Golf Shop 816-532-4100 The Northlands Largest Retail Pro Shop (Eddie Hall, PGA, owner) 18212 Golf Course Rd., Smithville, MO www.ParadisePointeGolf.com.

Kansas Golf Stores Dick's Sporting Goods (Olathe, KS) North Ridge Plaza 913-254-9196 15280 West 119th Street, Olathe, KS.

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er Summ ents m a Tourn unced o n An

] KC Junior Golf News ]

From First Swing to First Tournament

Advertorial

Announcing New

U.S. Kids Golf Local Tour Develops Young Golfers

Junior Golf Camps

The Grand Summit Mini and Full Junior Camps Tee Off in June. Our passion is to deliver a welcoming, relaxed and fun environment for juniors to learn and hone their golf skills!

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he U.S. Kids Golf Local Kansas City Tour offers one-day tournaments that are age-appropriate competitions and family fun. Giving parents the chance to experience tournament golf with their young player. Parents are encouraged to caddie during the one-day events where players learn how to shoot low scores because they compete on a course scaled to fit their age and ability. With more than 700 tournaments in 50 markets, players learn how to compete without having to travel far. The Local Kansas City Tour is designed for the beginning competitive golfer, as each event provides a fun environment at which kids can develop their skills. Two-day tournaments, such as Regional Championships, are ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and are the natural next step for competitive junior golfers. At each level, players may earn “Priority Status” in hopes of qualifying for the World Championship held annually in Pinehurst, N.C. Averaging more than 1,200 players from 40 countries since 2013, players vie for the title of World Champion in 13 age divisions. U.S. Kids Golf also conducts the Teen World Championship for players 13-18 years old, as well as the European Championship in Scotland.

Instruction for ages 7-18 include: Full Swing, Short Game, Putting and On-Course Instruction. Limited class sizes with student-teacher ratio of 5 to 1 or less. Personal Attention Is Our Specialty! Mini Camps consist of morning and afternoon sessions — • Session dates: June 11-15, 25-29 and July 16-20 • Camp times: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 11a.m. to Noon • Only $50 per one-week session!

The Summer 2018 Tournaments are now open for registration. Get your junior golfers ready to enjoy the fun at the following event dates. Registration is now open for these event dates. Event Date Tournament Location June 9 — Blue Springs Country Club June 17 — Liberty Hills Golf Club June 24 — Hodge Park Golf Course July 15 — Paradise Pointe Golf Course July 22 — Dub’s Dread Golf Course August 12 — Prairie Highlands Golf Course August 18 — Eagles Landing Golf Club August 19 — Iron Horse Golf Club (Tour Championship) Registration minimum of one week before event date. An additional $15 will be applied during late registration. All deadlines are EST. New Tournament Parent? Your child is a golfer. You're not. There's Help. Contact Todd Misemer, KC Tour Director, at 913.927.6854 or email to tmisemer@aol.com. Find more answers at www.uskidsgolf.com and see the “Local Tour” page and Kansas City Tour for tournament entry deadline and details.  www.TeeTimesMagazine.com

Full Junior Camps consist of morning and afternoon sessions — • • •

Session dates: June 4-10, 18-22 and July 9-13! Full Junior Camps are 3 hours 9 a.m. to Noon Only $135 per session. Camps conducted under the leadership of Charlie Mahon, PGA, with 40 Years Head Golf Professional experience. For more information or to sign up your junior golfer, call Grand Summit 816.331.3978 or Email Proshop@Grandsummitgolfcc.com. wwwGrandSummitGolfcc.com Facebook@grandsummitgolfcc May 2018

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Charity Golf Tournaments

Join The Fun and Help a Great Caus

May 16, Wednesday

Wee One MO-KAN Golf Outing in Honor of Mark Pierce at Staley Farms Golf Club. The Heart of America Golf Course Superintendents Association’s Wee One Foundation assists golf course management professionals (or their dependents) who incur overwhelming expenses due to medical hardship without comprehensive insurance or adequate financial resources. Since its inception in 2004, membership within the Wee One Foundation has grown to over 350 in 27 states. More importantly, the Wee One Foundation has gifted over $1,000,000 to families in need. Entry fee is $125 per player/$500 per team. Registration 8 a.m. with shotgun at 9 a.m. Format, four-person scramble. Driving range available. Great prizes, on course refreshments and lunch on the course at the turn. Prize award, Hors D’oeuvres reception (cash bar) and Silent Auction begin at 2 p.m. Enter Early - Field is limited to 30 teams (120 players). Registration deadline is May 14, 2018. Registration open at www.weeone.org. May 22, Tuesday The 14th Annual Q Golf Open at Royal Meadows Golf Course. The Shriners, the Kukulcan Chapter of the Order of Quetzalcoatl tournament benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children transportation fund for children in need. The Q Foundation for Kids’s (501c3). Four-person scramble, $65 per player. Prizes: three flights for 1st – 3rd place. On-course contests. Food and beverages just $1. Registration at 10 a.m. with Shotgun start at 11 a.m. Registration deadline is May 18. Registration forms online at www.QGolfOpen.com. For sponsor information, contact Brent Marchant, President Kukulcan Chapter, Order of Quetzalcoatl at 816.226.8012 or brent.marchant@qgolfopen.com. June 3, Sunday 15th Annual Scramble for Freedom Golf Tournament at Royal Oaks Golf Course (Whiteman AFB/KnobNoster) All proceeds will enhance the lives of the 200 veterans living at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO. Sponsored by the West Central Missouri Veterans Assistance League. Fourperson scramble with registration at 8:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Entry $240 per team and includes lunch, golf and cart. First-place prize of $400 for each flight (up to 3 flights). Space is limited to 36 teams. This is your chance to help our veterans. Hole sponsor are needed. For more information, call Latisha Koetting, supervisor of volunteer services, at 660.429.4661 or visit www.2018valscramble.eventbrite.com. June 9, Saturday The Northeast High School Alumni Association Annual James G. Cariddi Memorial Golf Tournament at Adams Pointe Golf Club. Benefitting scholarships and other worthy projects that benefit the students and the school. Over 170 students have been awarded scholarships in the last 10 years. All Golfers Welcome in this four-person scramble format. Registration at 7a.m. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost $110 per person. If you do not have a team, we will try to find a team to place you. Fee includes lunch buffet after golf. Prizes include: a Sharp LCD Flat Screen, set of Callaway Irons. An $11,000 golf vacation to Pebble Beach with Two Round Trip Airline tickets hole-in-one prize. A raffle with prize of $400 sport store gift card. Enter and pay by May 27 to be eligible for the Viking discount package ($25 value) that includes six raffle tickets, two mulligans, two putting and two chipping contests tickets. Limit one package per golfer. Entry forms available at www.northeastvikings. org. For questions, contact Earl Williamson, NEHSAA Treasurer at aewkcfan@comcast.net or 816.536.1085. June 11, Monday Isaac’s Dream Golf Tournament at The Deuce at The National. Isaac’s Dream started 2016, a 501c3 that has built a school in a small village in Ghana, Africa. The village is dominated with poverty and child trafficking and has not had a school since its inception over 50 years ago. The school was recently completed, and we will launch in September. Next phase includes building a medical post for health care. Four-person scramble Registration 9:30 a.m. Shotgun start 11 a.m. Cost $125 per golfer, or $500 per team. Lunch will be served on the course. Prizes for top teams. Hole-in-one, closest-to-pin and long drive contests, raffle for a 60-foot putt to win $10,000! Email your team info to golf@isaacsdream.com. Learn more about us at www.isaacsdream. com. Call 816.721.8688. 44

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June 11, Monday Kansas City Swingers (KCSGA) Black Health Care Coalition (BHCC) Benefit Golf Tournament at Creekmoor Golf Course, Raymore, MO. One great game, two great causes. All proceeds provide educational scholarships to youth in the community (KCSGA) or Preventive Health Care Programs (BHCC). Fee: $140 per golfer - Team $560; Format: Your Choice/ Four-Person Best Ball or Scramble (singles welcome). Check In: 8 a.m., Shotgun Start 9 a.m. Fee includes golf, cart, continental breakfast, gift bag of goodies, awards luncheon, prizes and much more. Register at www.TheKCSGA.org. For info, contact Charlie 913.908.6821. June 13, Wednesday

HeroFundUSA Golf Classic — Golf Fore Heros at Shoal Creek Golf Club. HeroFundUSA, Inc. supports the expanding needs of our Nation’s First-Responders, including fire fighters, police officers, EMS and military personnel and their loved ones. Tournament proceeds will help provide direct funding to support families of all first responders in times of crisis, debilitating line-of-duty injury, death and far beyond the immediate crisis. Shotgun start at Noon. Entry fee for single $175 or team of four $700. Contests include: hole-in-one, longest drive, longest put, closest-to-the-pin and MORE! Entry fee includes lunch and awards dinner with auction. Register at www.herofundusa.org/events. Contact Darrell Smith, CEO, HeroFundUSA, Inc., 816.812.1965. Mail checks to HeroFundUSA, 1200 NW South Outer Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015. June 16, Saturday Thor Rodenbaugh’s 10th Memorial Golf Tournament at Dub’s Dread Golf Course to benefit his three daughters’ college education! Thor, 37, an 1989 Raytown South graduate, died unexpectedly in 2008 after a routine local anesthetic shoulder block procedure prior to rotator cuff surgery. He loved his girls, and his pride for his family was contagious. This tournament typifies his love of the game! Format: Four-person scramble. Registration at 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee: $340 per team. Entry Deadline is June 1. After June 1, fee is $400 per team. Entry fee includes green fee, cart, dinner, door prizes, and beverages and much more. Register your team at www.ask4thor.com or mail your team information with payment by June 1 to Chris Rodenbaugh, 11501 E. 62nd St., Raytown, MO 64133. Please make checks payable to: Thor Rodenbaugh Memorial Golf Tournament. Email Chris Rodenbaugh at guya519@gmail.com. August 24, Friday Golf Fore Gilda at Oakwood Country Club. Benefiting Gilda’s Club Kansas City program to support people with all types of cancer and their families. Registration and continental breakfast 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Following golf is lunch and awards reception. Format it a four-person scramble with the top three teams receiving prizes! Fee is $150 per golfer and includes lunch, post-tournament awards reception and player gift. Contest package is $25 and includes putting contest, hole-in-one opportunities, closest to the pin, longest drive, 2 mulligans and 2 raffle tickets. Sponsorships are available! For more information, call 816.531.4444. Register online at www.GildasClubKC.org.

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Juniors Play Golf for Only $5

Sunflower Hill Golf Course

Youth On Course Guide Juniors ages 6 - 18 Play Golf for Only $5

at these Kansas City Area YOC Participating Golf Courses MISSOURI

Location

Phone

Adams Pointe

Blue Springs, MO

816-220-3673

Drumm Farm

Indep., MO

816-350-9900

Eagle’s Landing

Belton, MO

816-318-0004

Excelsior Springs Excelsior Springs, MO 816-630-3731 Heart of America Hidden Valley Hodge Park Liberty Hills MariMack Golf Minor Park

Kansas City, MO

816-513-8940

Lawson, MO

816-580-3444

Kansas City, MO

816-781-4152

Liberty, MO

816-781-3636

Kearney, MO

816-628-4800

Kansas City, MO

816-942-4033

River Oaks

Grandview, MO

816-966-8111

Shamrock Hills

Lee’s Summit, MO

816-537-6556

Shiloh Springs

Platte City, MO

816-270-4653

Shoal Creek

Kansas City, MO

816-407-7242

Swope Memorial

Kansas City, MO

816-513-8910

Tiffany Greens

Kansas City, MO

816-880-9600

KANSAS

Location

Phone

Heritage Park

Olathe, KS.

913-829-4653

Leavenworth GC

Leavenworth KS.

913-727-6600

Oak Country

De Soto, KS.

913-583-3503

Sykes/Lady

Overland Park, KS.

913-897-3809

St Andrews

Overland Park, KS.

913-897-3804

Sycamore Ridge

Spring Hill, KS

913-592-5292

The Oaks (9-holes)

Leavenworth KS.

913-651-5845

Shawnee, KS

913-631-8000

Tomahawk Hills

Sunflower Hills Golf Course is one of the most challenging and affordable 18-hole championship golf courses in the Kansas City area. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy our challenging course. Measuring over 7,000 yards from the Championship tees. Offering five sets of tees, large rolling greens, Zoysia fairways, numerous bunkers and water hazards. Come out and enjoy the quiet country setting and a round of fun golf!

For more course availability information, visit www.youthoncourse.org/play. To become a Youth On Course partner, visit www.youthoncourse.org or call 831.625.4653. To be added to the YOC Course Guide, email your course details to Editor@ TeeTimesMagazine.com.

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Metcalf Ridge Golf Course, an 18-hole facility in Louisburg, KS, features a fun par 71 course that plays up-to 6,412 yards. Come out and enjoy the quiet country setting and a round of fun golf!

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Super Dog of The Month

Presented by, by Jeff Burey, PGA

FOUNDATION

Miss May Livie Shamet

Product Profiles

Bushnell’s TOUR V4 SHIFT

Rangefinder by Bill Cromwell, Publisher

Superintendent Ethan Shamet of Prairie Highlands G.C. with Livie, his 8-year-old German Shorthair. When Ethan proposed to his wife, Livie wore a sign that said‚“Will You Marry My Daddy?” Photography by Elisabeth Blair Photography www.elisabeth-blair.com. (See past 2018 issues for previous month’s Super Dog of The Month.)

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ushnell’s hi-tech Tour V4 Shift laser rangefinder offering new Slope-Switch Technology — the perfect combination of size, speed, accuracy, JOLT and Slope.

Slope-Switch Technology lets the golfer easily toggle in and out of Bushnell’s patented Slope function to get compensated distances around the course when they want it and have a USGA conforming device that is legal for tournament play when they need it. The Tour V4 Shift retains PinSeeker with JOLT Technology, which provides the golfer with short vibrating bursts to reinforce the laser has locked onto the flag — taking the guesswork out of the equation, enabling golfers to select the right club for the correct distance every time. Feel the exact distance — feel the JOLT!

2018

Key Features • Slope-Switch Technology • Legal for Tournament Play • PinSeeker with JOLT • Accurate to 1-Yard • Ranges 5-1,000 Yards • 400+ Yards to a Flag • 5X Magnification • Fast Focus System • Stable-Grip Technology Slope Switch slides up-and-down to enable/disable Slope.

Bushnell Tour V4 Shift Laser Rangefinders (with Slope technology) are available at area golf retailers and Bushnell Factory Outlet store. MSRP $399.99. For more information about this and all Bushnell golf products, visit www.BushnellGolf.com.

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Prepare Your Best Shot for The 2018 Cable Dahmer Cadillac of Kansas City $100,000 Hole-in-One Shootout

The 2017 Finalists of the Cable Dahmer $100,000 Hole-in-One Shootout Won Over $6,000 in Prizes!

You could be in this photo as a 2018 finalist and take home the $100.000 prize!

Participants will have one shot per $5 donation to make a hole-in-one or closest-to-the-pin at a qualifying course from May through July. Qualifying golfers earn a position in the final shootout event in July for a shot at winning incredible prizes — $100,000, Golf Trips, New Clubs and many other fantastic prizes. Watch here for monthly updates through the July finals held at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lions Gate. Plan now to attend The 3rd Annual Cable Dahmer Cadillac of Kansas City $100,000 Hole-in-One Shootout!

Scheduled Qualifying Courses — Plan Now to Attend!

Finals held July 29 at the

May 5 - 6 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 26 - 27 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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