Kansas Golf Foundation Kansas Golf Hall of Fame - 1996
James W. Colbert
One of the most recognizable names in PGA golf today, Colbert's 17-year career on the PGA Tour began in 1966. He won eight times on the PGA Tour, most notably the 1980 Tucson Open. He made nine trips to the U.S. Open from 1971 to '84. Now on the Senior PGA Tour, Colbert has made the field in the U.S. Senior Open five times since he joined in 1991. His second place 1992 finish remains the best. Closing in on six million dollars in senior earnings, only two golfers (Lee Trevino and Bob Charles) have earned more. Colbert has won 16 senior events including the 1995 leading money winner ($1,444,386). He has generated over $200,000 for the Kansas State men's golf team since the beginning of his annual charity golf tournament. Jim Colbert was the main push behind the development of the new golf course for Kansas State University and Manhattan, Kansas (Colbert Hills,) which opened in May 2000.
Jones earned All-American honors at Oklahoma State University after a national championship in 1968. Jones finished in front of Tom Watson (age 17) and Johnny Miller (age 20) in the U.S. Amateur of 1967. One year earlier, Jones won his first Kansas Amateur Championship in Topeka. In just a few brief years as a professional, Jones earned Rookie of the Year honors and won three PGA Tour events. In 1972, he was number four on the PGA Money List. Between 1973 & '77, he made four U.S. Open appearances. From '71 to '79, he made nine appearances in the PGA Championship with the best finish being 16th. Grier assisted in designing Terradyne Country Club in Wichita and in 1995 he was named the Wichita State head men's golf coach. Jones has been a life-long resident of Wichita.
Chester "Chet" Mendenhall
Golf Course Superintendent
After learning golf course maintainance via his farming background, in 1934, Mendenhall served as superintendent of Mission Hills Country Club in the K.C. area. Revitalizing its natural beauty taken away by the Great Depression, "Chet" went on to desig n eight courses in Missouri and Kansas including Goodland Golf Club and Warrensburg Country Club. In 1948, he served as the President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America after a six-year stint on its Board of Directors. Known as the "dean" of golf course superintendents, Mendenhall won the 1990 USGA Green Section Award. Now a charter member of the GCSAA, the organization maintains a scholarship fund in the name of Chester Mendenhall.