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Miller rallies to repeat as WyCo golf champion

Former Piper standout Parker Miller became only the third golfer to win back-to-back WyCo golf championships when he was presented the championship trophy by Sunflower Hills master pro Jeff Johnson Sunday. (Photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins

Parker Miller has cemented himself as Wyandotte County’s best amateur golfer.

Just a week after winning the club championship over a star-studded field at Dub’s Dread, the 23-year-old Parker Sunday became the first back-to-back Wyandotte County Open champion at Sunflower Hills since Steve Groom won three in a row in 2006-2008.

However, it did not come without some late help from playing partner Micah Morris, who saw a two-shot lead with two holes to go evaporate in a nightmarish finish on the 569-yard 17th hole.

“I snap-hooked my tee shot out of bounds,” said Morris, a sophomore on the Kansas City Kansas Community College golf team. Playing a provisional second drive, Morris snap-hooked another shot behind a tree but then made a remarkable recovery shot to about 20 feet from the flag.

With Miller safely in with a par, Morris’ fast-breaking putt for bogey and a one-shot lead dropped a foot below the hole, close enough for a tap-in – except the putt spiraled out, stopping two feet away and when that putt missed for a quadruple bogey nine, Miller needed only a routine par four on the final hole for a 36-hole 147 that was two shots better than Morris.

“I felt bad for him,” Miller said. “Everyone’s been there. It’s not fun going through that. When he hit it out-of-bounds on No. 17, I thought he’d probably make bogey at best, maybe double bogey and we’d be tied.”

“I don’t know what happened on the (short) putt,” said a disappointed Morris. “I had really played well on the back nine.”

Trailing by two shots going into the back nine, Morris got one stroke back when Parker missed the green on the difficult par 3 13th, went ahead on No. 14 with a 25-foot birdie putt while Parker bogeyed and then added another shot to the lead when Miller couldn’t get up and down for a par on the long par 3 16th.

“I thought it was pretty much over after No. 16,” Miller said. “I struggled off the tee and kind of grinded and fought through things most of the day.”

For the first 18 holes, the 41st annual WyCo Open was one of the closest in recent years with six golfers within four shots. Morris led with a par 72 followed by Parker (73), 2013 champion Kyle Ritchie (74), Garrett Clark and Brian Shatto (both 75) and 2015 winner Reece Nigh (76) but back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5 and 6 vaulted Miller to a one-under front nine 35 and only Morris was able to stay close.

Miller wouldn’t compare his back-to-back titles although “The first was awfully fun.” No newcomer to the WyCo Open, Miller finished second a few years back while still in high school at Piper. Today, he’s in his third year working for Atmos Energy and just a weekend golfer “having fun.”

Morris, meanwhile, has to re-live the 17th hole almost every day. A native of Guthrie, Okla., but now a KCK resident after enrolling at KCKCC more than a year ago, Morris is on the grounds-keeping staff at Sunflower Hills where he runs a mower. “I hope I learned a lot,” he said.

Five flight winners were also crowned – Jerry Reid in a scorecard playoff over Carter Likes in A flight; Rick Richardson (B), Gary Burgess (C), Jerry Lamb (D) and Greg Schmidt (E).

41st Wyandotte County Open

Championship – 1. Parker Miller, 147; 2. Micah Morris, 149; 3. Garrett Clark, 151; 4. (tie) Kyle Ritchie, Brian Shatto, Reece Nigh.
A – 1. Jerry Reid*, 151; 2. Carter Likes, 151: 3. (tie) Mark Kessler, Chris Faddis, 153; 5. (tie) Kevin Rome, Tim Skorija.
B – 1. Rick Richardson, 154; 2. Dale Nash*, 157; 3. Easton Nigh, 157; 4. (tie) Jason Cash, Ken Carpenter, 158); 6. Bill Campbell, 162.
C – 1. Gary Burgess, 165; 2. Russell Nigh, 166; 3. (tie) Gary Yoder, Jeb Ummel, 169; 5. Roger DeLong, 170; 6. Kyle Norris, 173.
D – 1. Jerry Lamb, 168; 2. Mike Gillaspie, 171; 3. (tie) Todd Pfeiffer, Tony Reed, 173; 5. Doug Winkelbauer, 177; 6. David Weaver, 179.
E – 1. Greg Schmidt, 190; 2. Josh Marmon, 192; 3. Dan Ksiazek, 193; 4. Ted McClellan, 196; 5. Mark Saldivar, 200; 6. Roy Taylor, 207.

Ladies Flights
A – 1. Nichole Wiehe-Hankins, 178; 2. Donna Reid*, 180; 3. Pat Seber-Bradley, 180.
B – 1. Leslie Taylor, 206; 2. Carilyn Riley, 212; 3. Cathy Reed, 213.

Proximity Winners
Saturday – Closest to the pin; Easton Nigh, No. 4; David Weaver, No. 8; Tim Skorija, No. 13 and No. 16. Straightest drive No. 6, Willie Lara; Longest putt No. 9, Jeb Ummel; Long drive, No. 10, Easton Nigh. Kansas City’s longest putt, Les Damlo.
Sunday – Closest to the pin: Dan Crabtree, No. 4; Ken Carpenter, No. 8; Nichole Wiehe-Hankins, No. 13; Kevin Rome, No. 16. Longest putt No. 9 – Tim Skorija. Long drive No. 10 – Kevin Rome.


Community calendar

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Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers these programs for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres: con lideres Maria Elena Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer, los Martes, 15, 22, 29 de Agosto, 10-11 a.m.; Grupo de salud emocional para la mujer, Ofrecido por MOCSA, contacte a Sinead McDonough, llame al 816-285-1349, los martes, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Clase de Nutricion, – cada tercer Jueves del Mes. Jueves, 17 de agosto, 10-11 a.m. For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Waterfowl Classic event planned Aug. 13
Cabela’s in Kansas City, Kansas, will offer waterfowl hunting enthusiasts and those wanting to learn more about the sport a weekend of activities, seminars and appearances during its Waterfowl Classic event, Aug. 12-13. In addition to many Waterfowl events taking place over the weekend, Cabela’s will also host DockDogs, which are flying and jumping dogs that may entertain families. There is no admission. Also, there will be a splash zone. For more information, visit

Cancer support group to meet Aug. 15
A Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Families may attend. For information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

Caregivers support group meeting planned Aug. 15
A support group for caregivers will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is for men and women. The facilitator is Jackie Tigges MSW, LCSW.

Group to meet Aug. 16
The Quill and Pluma group will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The multi-lingual group is facilitated by Kari O’Rourke. For information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

BPU to meet Aug. 16
The Board of Public Utilities will meet for a work session at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the board offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. On the work session agenda is a board update, general manager update and a continuation of a discussion on the strategic plan. The BPU regular session will follow at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. On the agenda are a visitors’ time; a report on 20/20 Leadership; a report on Western Fuels resolutions; board comments; and general manager comments.

UG Commission may meet Aug. 17
The Unified Government Commission may meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

Blood drive scheduled Aug. 21
Harding and Associates will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 21 in the parking lot at 8437 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. To schedule a donation, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Solar eclipse events planned in Wyandotte County
Several solar eclipse events, parties and educational programs are planned Monday, Aug. 21, in Wyandotte County. For details, visit

Job fair planned Aug. 22
A job fair is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Burke Technical Center, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The job fair was announced by U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist. The first hour of the job fair, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., is only for veterans. The rest of the job fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to the public. Exhibitors are asked to register at Space is limited. Job seekers do not need to register. According to information from the sponsor, job seekers should dress for the job interview and bring several copies of their resume. There is no fee to attend.

Blood drive scheduled Aug. 23-24
University of Kansas Medical Center will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24 at the Francisco Lounge, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Rainbow and Olathe boulevards, Kansas City, Kansas. To schedule a donation, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Blood drive scheduled Aug. 25
The Unified Government will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 in the main lobby at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. To schedule a donation, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Program offered about saving trees
A program will be offered about saving trees from the emerald ash borer. The program will cover identification and treatment, and recommended replacement trees. The program is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas. For more information, see

Counseling available
The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., offers counseling services available in English and Spanish for men and women. Counseling is available Monday through Thursday, with day and evening times available. Individual counseling, couple-marriage counseling and addictions counseling is available. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to schedule an appointment.

Wyandotte County Museum
The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information visit the website or call 913-573-5002.

Strawberry Hill Museum
The Strawberry Hill Museum at 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., has events scheduled. The museum is closed on Father’s Day. For more information, call 913-371-3264 or visit

Grinter Place Museum
The Grinter Place State Historic Site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan., is one of the oldest homes in the area, built in 1857. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students; and children 5 and younger free. It is closed on state holidays. For more information about hours and days it is open, call 913-299-0373 or visit

Old Quindaro Museum
The Old Quindaro Museum is at 3432 N. 29th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information about the museum, call 816-820-3615 or visit


KCK tourism officials preparing for solar eclipse

A solar eclipse will be visible from Kansas City, Kansas, on Aug. 21, and several special events are planned for it. Special eclipse glasses, ISO 12312-2 compliant, are needed for viewing, according to NASA. (Artist’s rendition, copyright 2017, not actual solar viewing glasses)

When it comes to the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, Kansas City, Kansas, is on the edge of a 70-mile band cutting through the nation from Oregon to South Carolina.

Parts of Wyandotte County are in the total eclipse path, according to maps published by NASA, but they are on the edge of the total eclipse area.

Parts of Kansas City, Kansas, could receive 23 seconds of “totality” – the phrase being used for a total solar eclipse – as compared to 2 minutes or more for Atchison, Kan., and St. Joseph, Mo.

In Kansas City, Kansas, the time of the total eclipse is projected at 1:08 p.m., according to information from NASA. The partial eclipse starts around 11:41 a.m.

Despite that it is an event lasting less than a minute here, the solar eclipse could be this summer’s big event. The next solar eclipse in Kansas will be in 2045, according to local officials.

A map of the total solar eclipse path, from Oregon to South Carolina. The eclipse will still be visible outside of this pathway, as a partial eclipse. (Map courtesy of NASA)

Maila Yang, marketing and communications manager for the Kansas City, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau, said she has seen a lot of interest in the eclipse here. She started hearing about the solar eclipse and planning for it two years ago. Smaller towns may have longer periods of totality, but many of them do not have adequate hotel space for travelers who want to see it.

“Knowing we only had 23 seconds, we knew the majority of people who were coming were looking for longer totality places first,” Yang said on Monday. “Now we’re hearing that Atchison, all those places, are so busy, they may not make it to those places.”

Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County have had some bookings in hotels for people attracted here by the solar eclipse, she said, with the CVB working with them. Some people will be staying in hotels here and driving to other towns to see a longer eclipse view.

The CVB also is working with hotels to provide solar eclipse viewing glasses, she added. Those who view the eclipse must use special glasses to protect their eyes. It’s not safe to use regular sunglasses to look at the eclipse, according to NASA information.

“We encourage them to come in earlier, get their plans settled and then, we have all the shopping and dining and attractions here, kind of make a long weekend out of it,” Yang said.

Yang said Kansas City, Kansas, has had a great tourism season so far this year, and this adds to it.

While there may be an influx of tourists traveling to cities along the solar eclipse path, it’s also an opportunity for area residents to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime event, she said.

The total solar eclipse path cuts across northeast Kansas, including Wyandotte County. (Map courtesy of NASA)

Solar eclipse viewing parties in Wyandotte County

There are several viewing parties planned here for the community and tourists.

• The T-Bones’ solar eclipse viewing party will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas. This is a free event, open to the public. The first 200 people in attendance will receive complimentary tickets for the Aug. 21 evening T-Bones baseball game. Food will be available for purchase, and free solar eclipse glasses will be available for viewing. For more information, call 913-328-2255, or visit

• Rowe Ridge Vineyard and Winery viewing party will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the deck of the winery, with a glass of wine, sangria or wine slush available for purchase. Pizza also will be available for purchase. Reservations are necessary. For more information about this event, which has a cost, call 913-721-9776 or visit

• Solar Eclipse Zip Tour at Zip KC will offer a hike and zip or tower tour during the eclipse. There will be a catered lunch, and those participating will receive free eclipse viewing glasses. Space is very limited for this event, and those interested in it may call 913-214-9478 or visit

Free certified eclipse shades will be distributed by the KCK CVB through hotels and attractions, until the glasses run out, according to the CVB. All guests checking in at a hotel in Kansas City, Kansas, on Sunday, Aug. 20, will receive complimentary solar eclipse glasses.

Attractions in Kansas City, Kansas, that will hand out eclipse glasses to ticket holders and guests, and the dates, include: Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Aug. 19 and 20; Kansas City T-Bones, Aug. 19 and 20; Sporting KC, Aug. 19; Cabela’s, Aug. 21; Richard Petty Driving Experience, Aug. 19 and 20; all Wyandotte County museums, Aug. 19 and 20; Rowe Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Aug. 21; Legends Outlets Kansas City, management or security office, Aug. 19-21.

A complimentary pair of glasses also may be picked up by visitors at the CVB office during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, at 755 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The CVB has its own eclipse website page at

NASA has provided a lot of information about the upcoming eclipse on its website at (Graphic courtesy of NASA)

Staying home?

Staying home and looking at the solar eclipse in Wyandotte County? If the NASA map is correct, some locations toward the northern part of the county may see a 100 percent total eclipse, while others south of the line that goes diagonally through Wyandotte County may see, for example, a 99.9 percent eclipse. The southern half of Wyandotte County Lake at 91st and Leavenworth Road is not in the totality area, while the northern half is, according to the map.

According to the NASA map, Sumner Academy, Kaw Point Park, Kansas City, Kansas, City Hall, and the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library at 625 Minnesota Ave., are among the locations that will be in the totality area. While these are only projections, NASA says the map is more accurate this year than ever before. (

Check your own home, work or school location by enlarging the NASA eclipse map at

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library branches have programs planned on Aug. 21, with other eclipse educational programs scheduled during the week before it, according to the library calendar, and for more information, visit

The Bonner Springs City Library also has an eclipse program planned Aug. 21, with a program in advance scheduled on Aug. 16. For more information, see and

Law enforcement officials are discouraging residents from driving and stopping on the side of a highway to view the eclipse.

How to make your own eclipse viewer. (Graphic courtesy of NASA)

Another simple eclipse viewer. (Graphic courtesy of NASA)