Kansas Golf Foundation Kansas Golf Hall of Fame - 1992
Jean Ashley Crawford
From the early 1950s to the mid 1960s, Crawford was a dominant force on the amateur golf scene. Seven times in that period she finished in the top four of the Kansas Women's Golf Association state championship. She was a member of three USGA Curtis Cup teams ('62, '66 & '68). Perhaps the highlight of her career came in 1965 when she defeated Anne Quast 5&4 to win the U.S. Women's Amateur. Crawford was also a two-time runner-up in the Women's Amateur. She has served as a non-playing captain of the Curtis Cup team as well as on the USGA Women's Committee. Crawford received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Kansas in 1960 and retired from IBM at the end of 1993. She currently is a teaching professional at The Boulders in Carefree, Arizona and resides in Scottsdale.
Perhaps no other amateur golfer in Kansas history has accomplished more over a longer period than Dave Dennis of Independence. Dennis won the high school state championship followed by the National Junior College Championship. As a University of Kansas player, he led his team to the Big Seven title. In 1991, he won the prestigious World Seniors Invitational in Colorado Springs. This insurance executive served on the Kansas Golf Association's Board of Directors for nearly 25 years. Mr. Dennis passed away in March 2015 at age 88.
Virgil L. Parker
Contributor to the Game
In his time on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Golf Association, Parker was known at the leading "Rules" authority in the state. He was chairman of the KGA Rules Committee for five years and spearheaded a move to involve other KGA volunteers to ge t interested in this area of golf. He has been vice-president of the Wichita Golf Association, member of the USGA's Sectional Affairs Committee, and a member of the Golf Digest Course Ranking Panel. Parker remains a top-notch amateur golfer including qualification in three USGA National Championships as well as success in the oil business. Parker died in 1998.
Thirsk was named PGA of America Professional of the Year in 1980, the only Kansan ever to receive the award. His teaching ability can be documented by looking no further than PGA Professional Tom Watson. Heavily involved in junior golf in the Kansas City area, he is also a very good golfer. Thirsk has played in a number of PGA Championships and eight U.S. Open Championships. Integrity was the name of his game as he called a disqualification on himself after signing for a wrong score in the 1990 Kansas Club Pro Championship. Born in Winfield, he retired in 1993 from Kansas City Country Club. Mr. Thirsk passed away in May 2015 at age 87.