Driving down US Highway 83 the sights are few and far between until you get to Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City, Kansas. The course, situated seven miles south of the center of Garden City, was built in 1976 after E.C. Brookover Sr. donated land to the city. The course, designed with a links style feel, consists of few trees, all planted when the course opened, that do little to block the challenging Kansas wind.
Buffalo Dunes has played host of many high-profile events in its history. The course hosts the Southwest Pro-Am every August, which has seen professionals such as Stewart Cink, Steve Jones, and Tom Weiskopf and will host the Symetra Tour’s Garden City Classic this September. In addition, the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes has been played at the Buffalo Dunes Golf Course the past two years.
Sibling rivalry is in every family. However for the Hoskins family, competition is taken to a whole new level. Zachary, Sabrina, and Sydney Hoskins all travel and compete in AJGA tournaments across the country. The family, who traveled from Orlando, Florida to compete in the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes, makes most of their journeys in an RV. Zachary, the oldest of the three, finished tied for fourth in the event, which ties his best AJGA finish.
Symetra Tour Exemption
As the Girls Division winner of the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes, Courtney Dow of Frisco, Texas, earned exemption into the Symetra Tour’s Garden City Classic on September 11-13. A total of 144 golfers will compete in the event, 10 of which have played on the LPGA Tour.
This will be Dow’s second professional event as she has competed in an LPGA Qualifier. Dow, who says she is excited to get back to Garden City, is expected to be one of the youngest competitors in the field.
While the Buffalo Dunes Golf Course provides many challenges on its own, strong winds provided another level during the week. Sunday’s qualifier delivered gusts up to 45 mph and Tuesday’s first round had gusts up to 56 mph. The second round gave lower winds but colder weather and Thursday’s final round provided a beautiful sunny ending to the event.
For the second year in a row, the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes players witnessed a tornado warning during their time in Garden City. The storm, which arrived after the first round of the tournament, send players, parents and staff into the basement of the host hotel for just under an hour while the storm passed through with no touchdowns.