Riley third, Blue Devils fourth in tough Evangel golf tourney

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College used a big finish to climb into a tie for fourth place in the Evangel Fall Invitational golf tournament Sept. 16-17.

Seven shots back of the Science and Arts College of Oklahoma after 18 holes, the Blue Devils chopped 16 strokes off their opening round in the tourney played at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri, Golf Digest’s No. 1 ranked municipal course in Missouri.

Bethany College took first place with a 603 total followed by Williams Baptist, 611; Evangel University, 626; KCKCC and Oklahoma Science and Arts, both 640; and College of the Ozarks, 666.

Sophomore Cam Riley of Liberal continued his outstanding fall start, firing a pair of 75’s to finish in a tie for third in the medalist competition. Freshmen Jacob Hall of Tonganoxie and Dylan Freund of Cheney had identical 84-78-162 finishes to tie for 18th. Mark Towey (85-81-166) of Bishop Carroll tied for 22nd; Kellen Welsh (86-82-168) of Olathe West placed 25th; and Keegan Ellington (88-84-172) of Andover Central deadlocked for 30th. All are freshmen.

“I think our young men learned a lot,” KCKCC coach Gary Shrader said. “Rivercut is a difficult course, more than 7,000 yards (7,066) with a lot of fairway bunkers and water hazards; a big contrast to Salina Municipal where we played our first tournament. And it was hot, miserably hot. So it was a good learning experience for our young team.”

The Blue Devils return to a more friendly course Monday and Tuesday when they compete in the Ottawa Invitational at Eagle Bend in Lawrence.

KCKCC golfers join Special Olympians for golf event

Kansas City Kansas Community College golfers Dylan Freund, left, and Mark Towey gave instruction and conducted a putting contest as part of the Eastern Kansas Regional for Special Olympics at Smiley’s Golf Course in Lenexa Friday. (KCKCC photo by Gary Shrader)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

There were winners all around as Kansas City Kansas Community College golfers joined with Kansas Special Olympians for an afternoon of golf Friday.

Nearly a dozen Special Olympians played nine holes of golf with the Blue Devils, family members and others as part of the Eastern Kansas Regional held at Smiley’s Golf Course in Lenexa. Other Special Olympians took part in a series of activities including putting, chipping and long drive competitions highlighted by a presentation of medals.

“Everyone had a real good time,” KCKCC golf coach Gary Shrader said. “There was a lot of cheering and high-fiving. Those kids are really special, very caring and loving. I know our players enjoyed it. When they were offered the invitation to join the event, they jumped at it. No hesitation whatever.”

Blue Devil players taking part included sophomore Cam Riley of Liberal and freshmen Jacob Hall of Tonganoxie, Keegan Ellington of Andover Central, Dylan Freund of Cheney, Mark Towey of Wichita’s Bishop Carroll and Kellen Welsh of Olathe West.

KCKCC to hold Board of Trustee candidate forum Sept. 24

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is holding a KCKCC Board of Trustee Candidate Forum later this month.

The forum is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. The event is open to the public. The general election is Nov. 5.

Candidates on the ballot are – Don Ash (incumbent), Rosalyn Brown (incumbent), Patricia Brune, Ray Daniels (incumbent), Jammie Johnson and Paul Jones. Four at-large positions are open and terms are for four years.

Each candidate will be given three minutes for an introductory statement regarding who they are and why they want to be a KCKCC Board of Trustees member.

Following the candidate introductions, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with each individual candidate to ask questions and learn more about their vision for KCKCC and their motivation for seeking election.