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6/4/2014

Audrain wins Optimist golf

Audrain wins Optimist golf

By The Telegram

Garden City's Sion Audrain captured the 12-13 year-old division of the Kansas District Optimist International Junior Golf Championship on Friday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.

Audrain, shot an even-par 72 to win his age group by six shots over Cooper Steiner of Wichita.

The victory qualifies Audrain for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship, which will be played in late July at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Lakin's Wyatt Burnett shot a 76 in the 16-18 year-old division but did not place.

The Optimist was established in 1978 and is one of the most prestigious junior tournamnets in the country. It includes junio golfers from more than 35 countries as well as all 50 states. There are more than 5,000 players who participate each year.

GCHS to host athletic workshop

Garden City High School will be hosting a workshop that will include education on a variety of topics for athletes, coaches and parents.

The workshop will be June 19 and 20 at GCHS and will be located in the Commons Area and Auditorium.

Keynote speakers will include Greg Dale, a professor of sport psychology and sport ethics at Duke University in Durham, N.C. He also serves as the director of sports psychology and leadership programs for Duke athletics. He will have different topics for his three sessions. His first, for student-athletics, will be leading your peers and improving performance. For parents, it will be helping student-athletes have a successful sport experience and for coaches/leaders he will talk on the art of coaching: strategies for creating more confident, consistent and coachable athletes.

Another featured speaker will be Eve Fereira Scantling, who teaches in the kineisiology and sport sciences department at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She will be speaking on nutrition for peak performance. The final keynote speaker will be Steve Barrett, who serves as the clinic manager and director of rehabilitation and athletic training at Kansas Orthopaedic at Sandhill in Garden City. His main topic will be concussions: what you don't know can hurt you.

The June 19 sessions will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with both Scantling and Barrett speaking to parents; Dale will be addressing student-athletes in that time frame. From 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., Scantling and Barrett will speak to the student-athletes while Dale addresses the parents. The June 20 session, which is for coaches and school leaders, will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Dale will be focusing on the art of coaching and developing successful athletes.

The sessions are free to all USD 457 students, parents and staff. Out of district costs are $50 for the June 19 sessions and $50 for the June 20 session. If persons outside USD 457 wish to attend all sessions, the fee is $75.

Registration fees can be made payable to USD 457 Nutrition Services, and mailed to Tracy Johnson, 1205 Fleming St., Garden City, KS 67846. For more information or if persons have questions, please contact Martin Segovia at 805-5433 or email msegovia@gckschools.com.

Boy Scout golf classic set

The Boy Scout Golf Classic benefitting the Santa Fe Trail Council will be conducted June 21 at The Golf Club at Southwind.

A single entry is $125 while a group entry of four golfers is $500. Entry includes carts, practice range golf balls, tee gift, lunch prior to the event and dinner tickets for the banquet following golf.

There is also a mulligan package at a cost of $20 per person prepaid and includes two mulligans and one power drive per golfer. Additional dinner tickets for a spouse or guest is $35, with limited seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information contact Michael Stewart at michael.stewart@scouting.org or call him at 275-5162. Make checks payable to SFTC, BSA and mail to 1513.5 Fulton Terrace, Garden City, KS 67846, Boy Scout Classic. FAX number is 620-275-6508.

Kansas Am entry deadline nears

Entries for the 104th Kansas Amateur Men's Golf Championship will close at 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the Kansas Golf Association.

The tournament, which will be played July 21 to 27 at Mission Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, has a June 17 qualifier scheduled for Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.

The entry fee is $200, $90 for sectional qualifying and an additional $110 for those players who qualify for the championship site.

Entries may be mailed to: Kansas Golf Association, 1201 Wakarusa Drive, Suite B5, Lawrence, Kansas 66049, or persons can go online at www.kansasgolf.org. The tournament is open to male golfers who have a USGA Handicap-Index of 12.5 or less at a KGA member club.

Garden City's Sean Thayer won the championship in 1999 at Milburn Golf and Country Club in Overland Park. The 2016 Kansas Amateur is scheduled to return to The Golf Club at Southwind in Garden City. It will be the fourth Amateur to be played at Southwind.

USGA Sr. Am entries available

The United States Golf Association is now accepting entries for the 2014 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, scheduled from Sept. 13 to 18 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

Entry fee is $125 and entry deadline is Aug. 15. The Kansas sectional qualifying will be Aug. 20 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover. The tournament is open to amateur golfers ages 55 or older by Sept. 13 and who have a USGA Handicap-Index not exceeding 7.4. To enter, visit online at https://champs.usga.org/index.html. Make sure to indicate one of the approximately 53 qualifying sites.

Officials in charge who would have more information are Larry Barrett at 785-443-6035 or Greg Dunn at 816-966-1151.

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