Bill Butts attributes Wellington’s golf course challenges key to national championship win at Pinehurst

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Bobby WIlson · 193 weeks ago Great Story and congrats Bill. Report Reply 0 replies · active 193 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Bill Butts (left) with his teammates Tracy Chamberlain, Charlie Ballard, and Charlie Stevens.by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Bill Butts has been playing golf for a lot of years, and he has been a member of the Wellington Golf Club for many of those years. But he just recently had his biggest thrill in the game when he was part of the Sumner County Catbackers who won the Acura College Alumni Tournament in Pinehurt, North Carolina. They were representing Kansas State and competed with teams from around the nation made up of alumni of 62 colleges across the country.“That was a bucket list item I didn’t even know about,” he said.Butts has been a member of the Wellington Country Club for 40 years, and has played at many courses around the country. The thrill of playing at Pinehurst was a thrill though. That is where the U.S. Open is played, and where Payne Stewart won it in 1999, just a few months before he was killed in a plane crash.Butts had played the tournament the year before, but this year he had a different crew. This year’s team included Butts, Charlie Ballard, Charlie Stevens and Tracy Chamberlain. All three of those people live in Wichita, but are members of the Wellington course. They were all K-State alumni, so they made up the team. The other 60 or so teams were made up of alumni from various universities around the nation. The Big 12 had several teams, and has had teams win the title before.Nothing beats the thrill of winning a national tournament at Pinehurst, but playing at Wellington offers its own unique challenges.Butts said the Wellington course is known to be a difficult course, and that makes it a challenge for serious golfers. That is what draws people from Wichita and other areas.According to numbers at the country club, 6,000 people who are not Wellington residents played at the course in 2016.That brings a lot of people to town, and a lot of them spend money, which sparks the local economy, Butts said.It also draws people like the golfers from Wichita, who helped win the championship at Pinehurst.“We have a little course here, in a little town, but these guys are among the best golfers in Kansas and they choose to come here and play,” Butts explained.What makes Wellington unique is the location and the size of the greens, which are small compared to many courses. You have to hit your shots well to get on to the green.“There are shots you have to make here that you don’t typically have the need for. It is a tremendous test of golf from that standpoint,” Butts said of the Wellington course.The course itself was built in 1919 by the railroad, and has been in business nearly 100 years.There is a move in progress to build a new clubhouse, which has been talked about for several years. Much of the money for that will come from the course itself.Butts said they would like to get that done by 2019 to have it open for the 100 year anniversary of the course.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img