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KC golf organizations banding together
By BOB LUDER

Steve McMillen and Andy Hineman were having a conversation — about golf, of course — a while back during the normal course of business when they came to a revelation.

Here, there were all these golf organizations sprinkled throughout the Kansas City area — McMillen’s Kansas City Golf Association and Hineman’s Adastra Metro Golf, not to mention the Midwest Section PGA, The First Tee of Greater Kansas City and many others. All had a common, overriding goal — to promote the game of golf to as great a portion of the masses as was possible.

Wouldn’t it help all these varying factions if they pulled together, pooled their resources, and worked as one? McMillen and Hineman kept asking themselves that, until they decided to do something about it.

Thus was born the Kansas City Allied Golf Council.

The Golf Council was initially formed a month ago but was introduced officially to area reporters during an informal news conference Tuesday morning at Staley Farms Country Club.

McMillen said the Council was modeled after Golf 20/20, a national association of organizations promoting the game.

“In the past, we all had our separate agendas, but common messages,” McMillen said. “Our vision in the next five years is to have an online course directory that shares information about golf courses. Now, you find hundreds of Web sites, all with different information.”

Other missions in the Council’s “five-year vision” include creating a universal golf rewards system, having an all-classes high school championship, consolidating resources into a shared central location and supporting a regional consumer golf expo.



Read more at the The Kansas City Star


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