By Clair Goodwin
The Joplin Globe
The Joplin Golf Foundation’s junior summer program might continue without Jan Rose but certainly not as smoothly or seamlessly.
Rose has been responsible for getting the hundred or more youngsters signed up at the beginning of the summer-long program every spring and then getting everything organized to make certain the boys and girls are in the proper place at the proper time.
For her tireless efforts in behalf of the junior program for more than a decade, Jan has been selected for induction into the Joplin Golf Hall of Fame as a highlight of a four-person shamble at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club and Briarbrook Golf Club on April 21-22.
Site of the induction banquet will be announced. Rose is one of two inductees to the Joplin Golf Hall of Fame this year.
Doug Adams, head pro and club manager at Twin Hills, praised Jan for her organizational skills and dedication to the junior program over the years.
Rose summed up her service to the junior program with a simple “I’ve enjoyed it.”
She started with the program nearly two decades ago, back in the days of Dan Tourtelot, a former president of the Joplin Golf Foundation under whose leadership the junior golf grew to upwards of 250 kids. Mike Wheeler, golf coach at Missouri Southern State University, is the program director today.
Rose, a member of the Joplin Golf Foundation’s board of directors, points to the smiling young faces on Mondays during the summer as her personal reward for what she has done and will continue doing when the program starts in June.
“You can’t stay discouraged when you look at their faces,” she said. “The kids really, really have fun.”
In the halcyon days when junior golf attracted 250 and more youngsters, organizations such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs and churches would transport from five to dozens of boys and girls to the program site. Volunteers would walk up and down the line of kids swinging clubs to make certain that they didn’t hit anyone and to offer a swing tip or two.
Jan is an avid golfer, playing regularly in women’s groups at Briarbrook as well as in tournaments for couples and for ladies. Her tentative schedule this year includes the Briarbrook women’s championship, Beauty and the Beast couples at Briarbrook, Route 66 Couples at Carthage and the Springdale, Ark., couples.
But, I suspect, if she finds other tournaments in which to play and has the time, she’ll tee it up. Her husband, Gary, taught her the game and still offers advice, as she said, with “the patience of Job.”
Jan has two aces in her golf career, one at Carthage and the other at the former Dawn Hills Resort near Siloam Springs.
Rose spends quite a bit of time around the Briarbrook pro shop, working behind the counter selling first-tee items, taking greens fees and answering the telephone.
“I just enjoy all of it,” she said.
The 23rd annual Maple Leaf two-lady scramble is scheduled Tuesday, May 14, at Carthage Golf Course. Entry is $55 per player and includes tournament and special award events and awards after play.
Registration is scheduled at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9.
Flights and prizes will be determined by the number of entries. Entry deadline is May 4. The field will be limited to the first 50 teams. Send registration forms to Judy Webb, 1604 Alexander Drive, Carthage, Mo. 64836. Checks should be made out to the CWGA.
Date for the Joplin Eagles football four-person scramble will be May 4 at Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course. Entry fee is $55 and play will begin at 1 p.m.
The Joplin High School Project Graduation scramble, sponsored by Mercy, will be played Saturday, April 20, at Schifferdecker Municiipal Golf Course. Registration fee is $300 per four-person team. A shotgun start is scheduled at 8 a.m.
Registration forms should be mailed to JHS Project Graduation, Steve Doerr, 101 N. Range Line, Bldg. D, Joplin, Mo. 64801. The contact person for the event is Jenny Richards at 417-623-5800 or email@example.com.