The winning West Point golfers with the Commander and (KC) Chiefs trophy. The guy on the left is the great grandson of President and General Dwight Eisenhower, Merrill Atwater.

Navy golfers L to R: Bill Dorrance, Knute Rosche, Chris Brown (LtCol ARMY/Naval War College), Joe Spencer ’92, Bob Culler ’74, David Martisak, Scott Porter ’81, Larry Baker, Eric Carlson ’74, Jackson Porter, Dan Prather ’92.

Kansas City Metro Area Service Academy Alumni Ring Knocker Classic

@ Trails West Golf Course, Ft. Leavenworth

When:                        Saturday, July 7, 2018

Where:                       Trails West Golf Club, 306 Cody Road, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027, phone number:  913-651-7176.

The winning tabulation was the average of all service academy alumni foursomes scores:  It was very close!

Army -4.5 to par

Air Force -4.0 to par

Navy -3.66 to par Please allow 45 minutes to an hour driving time from the Kansas City metro. This is the Ft. Leavenworth post golf course. Army is the host.

Time:              7:15 AM Check-In, 8:00 AM 1stTee Time, Shotgun Start (if 9 foursomes or less)

Format:          Team scramble.  Foursomes all players drive from the GoldMiddle Tees (5783 yards, Par 71) best ball is selected for 2ndshot. Each player hits a ball from the spot of the selected drive. Best ball is selected and all players hit a shot from that spot. Continue this all the way to the green and until the ball is holed. If only three players in a foursome then rotate through all three players to hit the #4 shot, not just the best player. No mulligans. The worst score on any hole is a bogey. So bogey is your friend.Ladies can use White Tees(5369 yards). Play toward a four hour round if possible.

Prize:             ATraveling Trophy based on the average of the low gross wins. The average of all foursomes from Army, Navy, and Air Force will determine who wins the cup.  It is a team game. Service academies alumni societies are pitted against each other.  Month and year will be engraved on the trophy. Winner’s alumni president keeps trophy on display until the next outing. Army currently owns the trophy.

Cost:              $35 includes the military discount. For 0-3 military or retiree and below cost is $29.

Cost includes green fee, cart fee. Pay at the Pro Shop upon arrival, 45 min before the tee time.

Lunch:            We will provide a continental breakfast of coffee, juice, bagels, and doughnuts before tee off.  Get there early. Lunch is not provided.

Trophy Presentation:           At the conclusion between 12:00-12:30 PM we will present the Commander & (KC) Chiefs trophy to the winner after all scorecards are turned in. The CIC trophy has a USNA, USMA, and USAFA side, where the winning dates are engraved. Winner keeps trophy until the next competition.

Contact:  Bob Culler if you want to play or call 913 488-6319

Navy Team #2 -8: Larry Baker USS J.Daniels Vietnam, Knute Rosche USMC Helo Pilot, Scott Porter ’84, Jackson Porter Central Missouri Univ.

Air Force Academy Alumni. golfers. LtCol Greg Shuey right President. Their two foursomes were -14 and +12. Major Maria Gronning, former USAFA golfer was on the -14 threesome, featured some active duty golfers from Ft. Leavenworth.

5 of the 11 West Point golfers. Their three foursomes averaged -4.33 under par, edging Navy by 1 stoke overall.

Navy Team #1: +2 Chuck Stevens ’73, Jack Rush ’73, Dr. Don Cole (son ’08), and Travis Hogan ’04

Navy Team #3 -6: Eric Carlson ’74, Kyle Martin ’74, Jeff Kranz ’74, Bob Culler ’74

The tournament was well attended with three Army, three Navy, and two Air Force foursomes participating. A total of 30 golfers played. Army narrowly won net average score of -4.3 under par, and Navy finished just one shot behind with a net average score of -4 under par. Air Force net average score was -2 under par. All three Navy   foursomes scores were averaged to get -4.

The KC Commander and “Chiefs” Cup. It is a traveling trophy like the real CIC Trophy. Army owns the trophy until the next competition.

Cost was $46 per individual which includes the cart and green fee. This is the military discount weekend rate. Lunch is on your own.

See the attached bulletin for tee times, names of players in each foursome, and foursome captains in bold. The trophy presentation should happen around 1:15-1:30 PM after the completion in the bar at Dub’s Dread.

Please contact me Bob Culler or 913 488-6319 (cell phone) with questions, changes, or last minute appeals.


Winning team members at St. Andrews: Jeff Kranz ’74, Larry Baker, Bob Culler ’74, Eric Carlson ’74 holding the trophy, Knute Rosche, and Chuck Stevens ’73. Not pictured were Scott Porter ’84 and David Martisak.

As the host at St. Andrews Golf Club in Overland Park, KS, Navy was compelled to welcome Army with a flag at the starter shed to get their round off with bang.

The KC Commander and “Chiefs” Cup. It is a traveling trophy like the real CIC Trophy. Navy owns it for now.









NAVY Wins the June 2017 Commander & Chief’s golf competition. Navy edged Army by just 2.5 strokes as scores of both foursomes per side were averaged. Navy averaged -9.5 under par and Army averaged -7 under par. Air Force was -3 under par, in a scramble format, with no mulligans.

All Service Academy Parents Club Tournament was played on May 5 at Tiffany Greens. The Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter of the USNA Alumni Association had one foursome entry. Navy won our flight


Flight winners left to right Jeff Kranz ’74, David Martisak, Vietnam Vet (Radioman 2/C), Bob Culler ’74, and Dr. Don Cole, father of ’08 USNA grad.