Board of Trustees
Phil Miller, Kansas City - Executive Director
Phil Miller has served as volunteeer Executive Director of the Kansas Golf Foundation since November, 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. He began volunteering for the KGA as a Committeeman in 1999 and is currently a member of the USGA Junior Championship Committee and the USGA Open Rules Committee, regularly serving as a Rules official at USGA national and local events. Phil now plays golf at Mission Hills Country Club.
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 for a second time in 2002. 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 and 2011.
Bryan was named to the Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008. He is married to Julie and they have three children.
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 President of Syndeo Outsourcing in Wichita, a Human Resource and Payroll service, and owner of BGM Sports Marketing, which has the radio broadcasting rights to the Wichita State University sports programs. Bill is a member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) government affairs committee, a past president of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Kansas, a member of the East Wichita Rotary 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.
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 six grandchildren. Jeff's passions include golf history and architecture, all sports, most of all, college basketball.
Tony Gogel, Leawood
Tony Gogel, who lives in Leawood, retired in 2012 after 43 years in the oil and environmental/engineering consulting arenas. The majority of his career involved management of operational units, and his highest position was as Executive Vice President of the Western Region of an international consulting firm.
Tony has had an avid interest in recreational golf since his teenage years, and his love of golf was passed on to his entire family: one son owns a golf course design and construction business and another (Matt, who also serves as a Foundation Advisory Director) is a former PGA Tour player.
Before joining the KGF Board, Tony volunteered as a Rules and Tournament Official for the Kansas City Golf Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Chapter of the Folds of Honor, a golf-centered foundation which has one goal, that being to raise funds for secondary school and college scholarship awards to dependents of servicemen who have lost their lives or have become severely disabled while serving their country.
Since joining the KGF Board, Tony has been integrally involved in the Foundation’s Golf in School program SNAG (Starting New At Golf), and he is excited about the opportunity to contribute to development of junior golfers throughout the state.
Sean Thayer, Garden City
Sean is a member of The Golf Club at Southwind in Garden City, where he began working as a bag boy and learning the game at the age of 12. Sean 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 is a Senior Vice President – Investments and Certified Financial Planner™ professional with Wells Fargo Advisors in Garden City. His 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 also serves as a Director of the KGA. He and his wife, Ronell, have three children and three grandchildren residing in Garden City.
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 six times, and qualifying for the 1991 USGA Mid-Amateur. 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.
Bob Burris, Overland Park
Gary Conover, Wichita
Sean Dougherty, Overland Park
Tom Dower, Wichita
Matt Gogel, Mission Hills
Meghan Houtsma, Syracuse
Craig Jorgensen, Lenexa
Frank Kirk, Prairie Village
Bill Knox, Salina
Eric Sexton, Wichita
Jerry Waugh, Lawrence