Board of Trustees
Phil Miller, Kansas City - Executive Director
Phil Miller has served as volunteeer Executive Director of the Kansas Golf Foundation since 2003. Born and raised in Parsons, Kansas, he received both his Business and Law degrees from the University of Kansas, where he played on the golf team in 1971. After a successful career in private law practice in the Kansas City area, Phil is now a self-employed mediator. In addition to running the Foundation, he is a member of the USGA Rules of Golf Commitee and the USGA Junior Championship Committee and regularly serves as a Rules official at USGA and NCAA national championships. Phil plays golf at Mission Hills Country Club and is a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
Phil was instrumental in developing the Kansas Junor Golf Scholarship program. "We believe junior golfers learn important values and skills that serve them for life. Our Junior Golf Scholarship helps send deserving junior golfers to college right here in Kansas."
Phil is married to Janet Miller, a native of Hutchinson. They live in Kansas City and have one son.
Bryan Norton, Mission Hills - President
Bryan was born and raised in Salina, learning the game under the tutelage of Salina Country Club Golf Professional and Kansas Golf Hall of Fame member, Wally Beets. Bryan played golf at Oral Roberts University, contributing to a team that included four All-Americans players and finished 2nd in the NCAA in 1981. Bryan was twice a 2nd Team All-American, finished 4th individually in the 1980 NCAA Championship, and won his first Kansas Amateur Championship in 1980.
After college, Bryan played professionally for 10 years: five on the PGA European Tour, one year on the PGA Tour, one year on the Ben Hogan Tour (now the Nationwide Tour), and won the Kansas Open in 1984. After retiring from professional golf, Bryan settled in Kansas City, where he now works for Lockton Companies. A reinstated amateur, Bryan has continued to compete. He won the Kansas Amateur Championship twice more (2002 and 2010). In 2003 Bryan was runner-up in the US Mid-Amateur and earned stroke play medalist honors at the British Mid-Amateur. He led the Kansas team that won the USGA Men's State Team Championship in 2010, and won the Kansas Senior Amateur Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2018.
Bryan was named to the Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008.
Bill Maness, Wichita - Secretary/Treasurer
Bill was born and raised in Augusta, Kansas and attended Butler County Community College before heading off to Baylor University where he majored in football and golf. He is currently the CEO/Managing Partner of Syndeo Outsourcing in Wichita, a Human Resource Outsourcing and Staffing service. Bill is a member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) government affairs committee, serves on the board of directors for the Employers Services Assurance Corporation (ESAC), is a past president of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Kansas and a member of Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover.
An avid golfer and traveler who often plays courses all over the country, Bill qualified for the 2004 USGA Mid-Amateur and was an alternate for the 2008 US Senior Open. When asked what his goal is while serving as a KGF trustee he said, "To give back to the game that has so richly enhanced my life's esperiences. I look forward to serving as a member of the board and beginning the process of giving back."
Bill is married to Linda, his wife of 25 years. They have four children and 3 grandchildren.
Cassie Auxier, Topeka
Cassie Auxier is the Assistant Golf Professional at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Topeka, Kansas and a PGA Apprentice. She was born and raised in Concordia, Kansas where she fell in love with the game of golf. Cassie was Varsity Golf Captain of her high school team, and in 2010 she received the Kansas Womens Golf Association Scholarship.
She continued her golf career at Northwest Missouri State University. During her collegiate career, Cassie was MIAA Conference Champion, MIAA Player of the Year, MIAA Freshman of the Year, 4-time All MIAA, and 4-time NGCA All-Scholar Athlete.
After graduating from Northwest in 2014 with degrees in Public Relations and Journalism, she completed an internship with the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA, leading her to pursue PGA membership.
Golf is and always has been her passion and she looks forward to helping more people learn and fall in love with the game. Cassie lives in Topeka with her husband, Erick, and very spoiled puppy, Diesel.
Jordan Beam-Ward Boone, Wichita
Jordan was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, where she started playing golf at a young age in the Brookridge Golf and Fitness junior golf program. Jordan played in multiple junior and KWGA tournaments across Kansas during high school. She earned her degree from Baker University in 2004, where she played varsity golf all four years, including playing in the NAIA National Championship her sophomore year.
Jordan and her husband, Will, own Wildcat Resources, Inc., a land and energy services company. While her two young daughters keep her busy most of the time, Jordan has enjoyed spending more time playing golf at Crestview Country Club, where she is an active member of the Women’s League.
Jordan is excited to be a part of the Kansas Golf Foundation and help give back to the junior golfers in Kansas.
Jeff Burey, Overland Park
Jeff is serving his second term on the Kansas Golf Foundation Board of Trustees and he has been in the golf business since 1974. Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Jeff's golf career began at Wee Burn CC in Darien, Connecticut and at John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida. He served as Head Golf Professional at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club for almost four years, followed by 26 years as General Manager/Golf Director at Wolf Creek Golf Club in Olathe, and two years as General Manager of Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson. He is President and operator of Twin Oaks Golf Complex Inc. in Eudora. Jeff is a "Life" member of the PGA of America and a member of the Midwest PGA Section "Hall of Fame".
Since 2010, Jeff has focused his time and energy on projects to grow the game of golf and, in particular, introducing youngsters to the game. He is a Certified Trainer for SNAG (Starting New At Golf), a program that makes it fun and rewarding for kids and grownups to learn and play the game. Jeff manages the Foundation’s Golf in School program, traveling throughout the State of Kansas to introduce SNAG to School Districts, Physical Education teachers and provide training.
Jeff and his wife, Cathy, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Jeff's passions include golf history and architecture, all sports, most of all, college basketball.
Julie Hower, Council Grove
Julie Hower is President and CEO of Farmers and Drovers Bank in Council Grove, Kansas, where she resides with her husband John and their daughters, Hailey and Ally.
She played golf four years at Council Grove High School, playing in the State tournament each year. She went on to Kansas State University, where she played on the women’s golf team and received a degree in Communications, and in 1992, Julie was the recipient of the inaugural KWGA Scholarship. The summer after graduating from K-State she worked for the American Junior Golf Association as an operations intern and rules official.
After graduating from Kansas University School of Law, Julie and her family returned to Council Grove where she is a member of Council Grove Country Club and is an avid supporter of junior golf and girls’ high school golf.
Craig Jorgensen - Lenexa
Craig owned an American Family insurance agency in Lenexa for 45 years before retiring in 2016 so that he can be more active in golf and giving back to the game and playing golf with his family. Craig is serving his second term on the Kansas Golf Foundation board, having served from 2006 - 2011, and he has been an Advisory Director since 2011. Craig has also previously served as a Director of the Kansas Golf Association.
Craig feels that giving back to the game is very important to players, clubs and courses alike to grow the game for the future. Craig and his wife Sandy are South Dakota natives and have lived in Kansas since 1974. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year with a great golf trip. Craig and Sandy have two married daughters and four wonderful grandchildren - all golfers who learned the game using SNAG (Starting New at Golf) equipment.
Craig loves all aspects of golf and currently participates in Junior Golf with the grandkids, club and area competitions, golf destination travel and course evaluations. The best part of all of this is the wonderful people Craig and Sandy have met because of the game.
Steve Sloan, Pittsburg
Born and raised in Wichita, Steve learned to play golf through the Wichita Junior Golf Association’s junior golf program. After graduating from the University of Kansas, where he played golf for two years, Steve spent 11 years working for Koch Industries around the country. In 1995, he settled in Pittsburg, where he now leads Midwest Minerals, Inc., a family owned business involved in the aggregate and ready mixed concrete industry.
Steve remains an active and accomplished player, having won the Crestwood Country Club Championship seven times and the 2017 Kansas Senior Amateur Championship. He is also a member of Flint Hills National Golf Club and Wolf Creek Golf Links. “I’m delighted to serve on the Foundation Board of Trustees”, says Steve. “It gives me a chance to give something back to the game that has meant so much to me my entire life.” Steve and his wife, Becky, live in Pittsburg and have three children.
Sean Thayer, Garden City
At The Golf Club at Southwind in Garden City, Sean began working as a bag boy and learning the game at the age of 12. He played golf at the University of Kansas, earning first team All-Conference honors in both academics and golf, and he was a member of the 1989 team that reached the NCAA finals for the first time in school history. Members of the 1989 KU golf team have accumulated seven individual Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship titles, including Sean’s victory in 1999.
Sean's primary interest is in representing the golfers of the Western Kansas region as a Kansas Golf Foundation Trustee. “I know the people from this part of Kansas love golf,” says Sean, “and I think they have a lot to both offer to and benefit from the Foundation’s programs.”
Sean is a Director of the KGA, and will serve as President for 2018-2019. He and his wife, Ronell, have three children and three grandchildren residing in Garden City.
Gary Conover, Wichita
Tom Dower, Wichita
Matt Gogel, Mission Hills
Tony Gogel, Leawood
Meghan Houtsma, Syracuse
Frank Kirk, Prairie Village
Bill Knox, Salina
Eric Sexton, Wichita
Jerry Waugh, Lawrence