The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 18, 2013

Clair Goodwin: Long, Harvey leaders in 'Golfer of Year' race

By Clair Goodwin
Special to The Globe

— The 2013 edition of the Range Line Golf Center’s “Golfer of the Year” competition is off and running after last weekend’s conclusion of the 40th Joplin Globe City Championship.

Kyle Long of Twin Hills Golf and Country Club picked up 135 points for capturing the regular (under 50) division of the championship and Doug Harvey of Briarbrook Golf Club earned the same number of points for winning the seniors (50 and over) bracket.

The Range Line Golf Center’s sponsorship started three years ago when Alan Schmidt picked up the competition after Golf USA dropped it. The series actually began under the sponsorship of Kitchen Pass restaurant and then Michelob and the Larry Hickey Distributing Co. Points are awarded in designated tournaments.

Long won his third city title handily with rounds of 72-74-72 for a 218 over two wet weekends at Briarbrook, Twin Hills and Schifferdecker. He joins Bob Smith, Barry Franks and Robert Russell as a three-time champion. Lee Larimore won the city crown seven times.

Winning this championship had a special meaning for Long. He was inducted into the Joplin Golf Hall of Fame in April.

Mark Bruder and Corey Clingan shared second place and received 85 points each. Andrew Maier earned 70, followed by Anthony Fink, 60; two-time defending champion Evan Wood and Steve Thomas, 45 each; Ben Starkey, 30; Justin Nichols, 20; and Andy Pochik and Derrick Ashe, 5 each.

Harvey shot 75-76-76 for a 227 in holding off defending city senior titleholder Les Taylor by a single shot. Taylor earned 90 points, with Bill Curry picking up 80; Jim Lucas 70; Dan Tourtelot, 60; Keith Phillips and Don Yocum, 45 each; Dave Tourtelot, 30; Bob McKay, 20; and Mike Samuelson, Charlie Weems and Mike Maier, 3.3 apiece.

The Joplin Globe City Championship opens a summer-long, seven-event series in the Range Line Golf Center competition. Next on the calendar is the Briarbrook Invitational on June 6-9 and then the Crestwood Invitational on June 15-16 at Crestwood Country Club in Pittsburg, Kan.

That event will be followed by the Baxter Springs (Kan.) Invitational on June 22-23; Ozark Amateur at Schifferdecker on July 13-14, Twin Hills Invitational on July 26-28; and Horton Smith and Ky Laffoon Cup matches between Joplin and Springfield on Aug. 10-11. .

The series will conclude with the club championships at Schifferdecker, Twin Hills and Briarbrook.

The Range Line Golf Center competition adds a touch of spice, suspension and interest to the lengthy golf season.

City Championship correction

Alex Kanakis’ hole-in-one on the 172-yard No. 4 at Schifferdecker in the final round of the city championship was the fourth in tournament history, not the third as reported in The Globe.

The previous three aces were by Eddie McKay on No. 4 at Briarbrook in 1976, Lanny Hopkins on No. 16 at Loma Linda (now Eagle Creek) in 1986 and Steve Thomas on No. 8 at Twin Hills in 1998.

Benefit

The fifth annual Kelly Jo Brookshire “One Love” tournament is scheduled Saturday, June 29, at Schifferdecker Golf Course.

Kelly died on Dec. 19, 2004, after a battle with cancer. She was a volunteer for Camp Quality. Just before her death, she requested her family and friends continue to help Camp Quality. Thus was the beginning of the “One Love” tournament.

The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $240 per team or $60 per person. Team prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places as well as individual awards for closest to the pine and longest drive.

Proceeds will benefit Camp Quality, which provides year-round support programs for children with cancer and their parents. “Each camp is volunteer run and community funded,” an entry form states. “It typically costs $600 to send a child to summer camp.” The “One Love” event has raised $66,200.

Best ball

The eighth annual two-man best ball tournament will be played June 1-2 at Peoria Ridge Golf Course. Tee times will run from 7:20 to 9:30 a.m. and from 12.20 to 2:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $250 per team. The tournament boasts $10,000 in prizes, including four places in each of four flights. Prizes will be based on a full field. Players may contact Peoria Ridge for more information.

Junior lessons

Registration for the Joplin Golf Foundation’s popular summer golf program for youngsters ages 7 through 18 will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29, at Range Line Golf Center, 2001 Range Line.

Registration forms are available at joplingolffoundation.com. Youngsters may bring the form to a registration session or email it to joplingolffoundation@hotmail.com.   

Two instruction sessions will be held each Monday morning in June and July. Session One will run from 9 to 10 on June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July  1. Session Two will run from 10 to 11.

There is no cost for participation in the junior program, but officials suggest that a donation of $10 or more to Joplin junior golf would help defer costs.

Special events include an “End of the Year Gala” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 1, for participants and their families and a “Tee It Up “junior tournament in conjunction with the Harold Kirk Junior tourney at Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday, July 16.