Monthly Archives: June 2017

Golf games: Different ways to bring fun to your golf game

night golf

There are a large group of us that have a nice set of golf clubs, but struggle to have fun in tournaments.

Sometimes our only option is to play a scramble that has a couple of scratch teammates or participate in a handicap event. Truth be told, golf is the one sport that you lie about your lie and your honor means more than adding a foot wedge to your arsenal.

I don’t play that much, but I do know this, I love the game and the competitive nature of it. But the day I crack 80 will only be in the form of candles on a cake, not my score.

Golf Swing Tip: Keep your head in the game for a better golf swing

better golf swing

“Keep your head down!” How many times have you heard those words right before attempting to execute a better golf swing? Too often, that message translates into an expectation that the head is to be kept still. Not so. In fact, it is not possible!

Chase Hanna leaves University of Kansas as Big 12 Golf Champion

Chase Hanna KU Golf

Chase Hanna is one of the top golfers in the area. Hanna’s resume includes 12 tournament victories while at Shawnee Mission East from 2009-13.

He was the 2013 Kansas City Golf Association Junior Player of the Year.

He set course records at Meadowbrook Golf Club (64), Prairie Village, Kansas; Eagle Bend (64) in Lawrence, Kansas; and Meridian Hills Country Club (63) in Indianapolis.

Hanna went to Kansas and became one of the best golfers in school history, ending his college career by placing first in the Big 12 Championship and named All-Big 12.

Gateway Village brings one-of-a-kind adventure to families

Gateway Village Greg Cotton

The youth sports marketing revolution continues at Gateway Sports Village in Grandview. With technology and innovative ideas learned with Sporting Kansas City, the developers of Gateway Village will deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure for its customers.

For Ilie Sanchez and Sporting KC, La Masia connection pays dividends

Ilie Sanchez Sporting KC

When midfielder Ilie Sanchez signed with Sporting Kansas City, he became the third from Barcelona’s famed La Masia Academy to make the jump.

Oriol Rosell and Jordi Quintilla were previous Sporting products from La Masia. Rosell and Quintilla’s experiences helped convince Sanchez that Sporting KC was the place to be.

Hot Take: Believe the hype, Mizzou basketball will rise back to the top

mizzou on rise

The last time the Missouri men’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament was just 4 seasons ago, but for Mizzou fans, that seems like a lifetime. Just this summer, however, there has arguably been more buzz around the program than any other around the country. So much so that Mizzou is being recognized as a team to watch. With the additions of Cuonzo Martin, Michael Porter, Jr. and one of the best recruiting classes in the country, the Tigers not only look like they could be a threat in the SEC and the tournament this year and for years to come.

Golfer’s Elbow is a common injury that can strike more than just golfers

golfers elbow

The golf swing is a full body movement that requires muscle coordination, strength and joint mobility. If one part of the system breaks down, it can cause a ripple effect to other areas of the body. One common injury is called golfers elbow, aka “medial epicondylitis,” which occurs when there is a repetitive use over time of the muscles on the inside of your forearm.

Eagles Landing in Belton is designed for golfers to enjoy their rounds

Eagles Landing Golf Course

“Call it the Tiger Woods effect,” said Jay Kennedy, head PGA professional at Eagles Landing Golf Course.

A couple of decades ago, the movement in golf was to make courses as challenging as possible. Many courses around the country were either being built or being renovated at that time, and the goal was to make them as difficult as possible.  “People started hitting the ball farther, and course designers wanted to make the courses longer. You started seeing 7,000-, 7,200-, 7,400-, 7,600-yard golf courses,” said Kennedy.

Chiefs: Off-season answers from Andy Reid, Dee Ford and Spencer Ware

Chiefs Andy Reid Spencer Ware Dee Ford

Kansas City Sports & Fitness Magazine caught up with the KC Chiefs Andy Reid, Dee Ford and Spencer Ware and discussed a variety of off-season topics including the QB position plus recent draft and contract decisions that could affect the 2017 season.

ANDY REID

Q: How important is it to establish that this is Alex Smith’s team coming into camp?
REID: “I think a given is that Alex [Smith] has been here, he’s done well and all the guys understand that. There’s more than just stepping back and throwing the football. That position has grown into a tough thing to pick up right away. That young kid [Patrick Mahomes] is going to learn. That’s what he’s going to do. He’s got a great room there to learn in between the players and the coaches in there. Then I expect Alex [Smith] to go in and win. That’s what he’s going to do. He doesn’t think any different than that. He’s not looking back, he’s moving forward and that’s an important thing. He’s been around it a little bit.”

Countdown: Top 5 NBA players drafted from Kansas State University

kansas state basketball

As we continue looking at some of the best NBA players to come from our local schools, we now look at the best to come from the Little Apple. While Kansas State hasn’t had a continuously consistent basketball program, they still have found success, making 29 NCAA Tournaments, 4 Final Fours, and have been named 44th on the Associated Press’s All-Time Poll. Through the years the Wildcats have had some talented players that had great NBA careers, including a hall-of-famer. And as we get closer to the NBA Draft, we look at the best NBA players from Kansas State, based on their NBA success.