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Jordan Poland, Speaker

President/CEO of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

Holes on the Range: The History of Kansas Golf

While the origins of the game are centuries old, the first golf courses popped up on the prairies just over a century ago. Since that time, the game has taken root in the Sunflower State. In an era when lifelong sports in rural areas are falling by the wayside, golf has survived. A player rarely needs to travel farther than thirty miles to find a golf course. This topic explores all aspects of golf in Kansas: from our humble beginnings with holes made of tomato soup cans, to our world class courses and players, to the architects of golden age design who molded the prairies, to spotlighting some of the local places we play. Discover how golf, like other sports, can help create a thriving community. 

*The talk ends with a short golf “lesson.” And, Jordan has golf clubs if anyone is interested in a match before or after the presentation.

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