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October 19 Service Academy Ring Knocker Golf–Falcon Lakes, Basehor, KS

Posted: 10/8/2019

Kansas City Metro Area Service Academy Alumni Ring Knocker Classic @ Falcon Lakes Basehor, KS

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 (Rescheduled from rainout on September 22)

Where: Falcon Lakes Golf Club, 4605 Clubhouse Drive, Basehor, KS 66007 (913) 724-4653 Please go to the Falcon Lakes web page and pull up the scorecard for more information on the course. Matt Blome, West Point ’97, is a member and is our host. (706) 587-1390.

Time: 12:00 PM Check-in with a 1:00 PM sequential start. Arrive earlier to eat lunch there.

Format: Team scramble. Foursomes all players drive from the Blue tees (6564 yards, Par 72) best ball is selected for 2nd shot. Each player hits a ball 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 next #4 shot, not just the best player. No mulligans. The worst score on any hole is a bogey. So bogey is your friend. Gentlemen age 70 can use the Gold Tees (5543 yards, Par 72). Women can play from their Red tees (5167 yards). Play toward a four-hour round as a goal. Prize: A Traveling Trophy based on the lowest average of all service branch foursomes scores wins. Again low average wins, of all foursomes. Service academies alumni societies are pitted against each other.

Course:   See the Scorecard

Cost: $54.25 includes the military discount, green fees, cart, range balls and tax. Players will pay at the pro shop. Fee includes use of the Range.

Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Falcon Lakes has a very nice Falcon’s Nest Bar and Grill with excellent sandwiches, wraps, salads, and burgers. Suggest you get there early (by about 11:00 am) and dine with fellow academy golfers. For the menu go here 

RSVP: Navy Bob Culler | Army Matt Blome | Air Force Greg Shuey by 9 September. Please indicate if you plan on eating lunch or not to ensure adequate staffing. Trophy Presentation: At the conclusion between 5:30-6:00 PM we will present the Commander & (KC) Chiefs trophy to the winner after all scorecards are turned in. See note below on scorecards.

Tee Times- 1:00 PM Air Force #1 1:00 PM Navy #1 1:00 PM Army #1 1:00 PM Air Force #2 1:00 PM Navy #2 1:00 PM Army #2 1:00 PM Air Force #3 1:00 PM Navy #3 1:00 PM Army #3 1:00 PM Navy #4 1:00 PM Army #4

Questions call or email Bob Culler or text 913 488-6319.

Updated on 10/09/2019


June 30 Service Academy Ring Knocker Golf at Staley Farms

Posted: 6/4/2019

Win over Army (West Point) and Air Force Academy Alumni at Staley Farms Golf Club on June 30, 2019. All Navy foursomes averaged -4.4 to par and West Point was -4.25 to par. Air Force was -2.33 to par.



Kansas City Metro Area Service Academy Alumni Ring Knocker Classic

@ Staley Farms Golf Club 

When:                        Sunday, June 30, 2019 

Where:                       Staley Farms Golf Club, 10310 N. Olive Avenue, Kansas City, MO  64155 (816) 734-3839 Farms is a private course rated #4 in the Kansas City Metro by the Kansas City Business Journal in 2019.  Go to the Staley Farms web page and pull up the scorecard for more information on the course. Bob Driscoll West Point ’79 is a member and is our host.           

Time:              12-12:30 AM Check-in with a 1:30 shotgun start  

Format:          Team scramble.  Foursomes all players drive from the Combo Blue White tees (6311 yards, Par 72) best ball is selected for 2ndshot. Each player hits a ball 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 next #4 shot, not just the best player. No mulligans. The worst score on any hole is a bogey. So bogey is your friend.Ladies and Gentlemen over 70 can use the Gold Tees(5339 yards). Play toward a four-hour round as a goal.

Prize:             ATraveling Trophy based on the lowest average of all service branch foursomes scores wins. Again low average wins, of all foursomes. Service academies alumni societies are pitted against each other.

Cost:               $42.50 includes the military discount. Pay at the Pro Shop upon arrival, an hour before the tee time. Fee includes use of the Range. Please RSVP to Bob Culler not later than June 16:  or text 913 488-6319.

Lunch:            Lunch is not provided. Staley Farms has a very nice Fireside Bar & Grillwith excellent sandwiches, wraps, salads, and burgers. Suggest you get there early and dine with fellow academy golfers.

Trophy Presentation:           At the conclusion between 6:00-6:15 PM we will present the Commander & (KC) Chiefs trophy to the winner after all scorecards are turned in. See note below on scorecards.

Notes Updated on 06/04/2019

  1. Foursomes can be shuffled/reorganized by Service Academy Alumni Team Captains, but must be finalized by June 26 to Bob Culler organizer via email. bculler@sbcglobal.netor 913 488-6319 cell
  2. All players do not necessarily have to be service academy alumni, but the majority in the foursome should be. Parents of Alumni or service branch related friends (non Alumni) are welcome guests to “fill out” foursomes.
  3. Greg Shuey is the Air Force Team Captain, Matt Blome is the West Point Team Captain, and Eric Carlson is the Navy Team Captain if they agree to accept. Captains make sure all foursomes know which tees to drive from, how to keep score using the scramble format, and gather all branch foursomes score cards at the conclusion, compute the average scores of all branch foursomes, and turn in to Bob Discoll.
  4. Staley Farms has a dress code so make sure you comply. Shirts require collars and no jeans or jean shorts.
  5. Staley Farms fairways are bent grass so please repair your divots on both greens and fairways.
  6. We will try and do live scoring using the Golf Genius App on smart phones so you techie guys please see the Staley Farms web page and download Golf Genius App before June 30. Please keep scorecards in addition in case of a technology glitch.
  7. Just so you know we average the scores of all alumni foursomes to get the branch score, so it is important to set up foursomes strategically to get some of the better players in each foursome.
  8. All golfers please find Bob Driscoll, West Point ’79, beforehand or afterwards shake his hand, and thank him for hosting us. Also buy him lunch or a drink.
  9. I will distribute updated versions of this bulletin or flyer once we start filling in foursomes so you can see progress and where we need to make some phones calls to recruit some more alumni players. Let’s make a commitment to get four foursomes each with this much notice. Bob Culler
  10. Once foursomes are set, printed service academy logo’ed stick on name tags will be done so we can greet one another.


Chapter Member CDR Matt Hermstedt ’89 and Jane Hit The Road

Posted: 5/22/2019

Here is a message from former Chapter VP and Board member, Matt Hermstedt ’89, and Jane, who gave up the corporate life to travel the world (starting in North America). Matt is Class of ’89 and nuclear power trained so he can diagnose and fix any RV mechanical issues. In their overland RV with their young son Wolf, and South African Ridgeback named Casey, Matt writes:

“Jane, Wolf, Casey and I are about to hit the road on our wide ranging trip for who knows how long. We’ve already started recording our journey on our blog – Please visit the site and subscribe to keep up to date with us. We greatly appreciate questions and comments on the site to help us form a community (and give us a feeling that someone is actually out there!)”

Farewell and following winds at 55 mph and 6 mpg to Matt, Jane, Wolf, and Casey.


May 26, 2019 Memorial Day Concert and Dinner at Pierponts in Union Station

Posted: 5/14/2019


Sunday, 26 May 2019 – 1730 – Memorial Day Celebration – Dinner and KC Symphony Concert

The associations of graduates of the Air Force Academy, Annapolis, and West Point invite you to our annual dinner and concert honoring our American Veterans and the Fallen.  This annual celebration in the private dining room at Pierponts at Union Station will be followed by the Kansas City Symphony’s Celebration at the Station concert. This year our dinner will be a celebration of the commissioning of the Navy’s newest ship, the USS Kansas City.

Location:  Pierponts at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd, KC, MO 64108 (816-221-5111) (Belvedere Private Dining room, second floor)

Date/Time:  Sunday, 26 May 2019, 1700 (5:00 pm)



  • Guest Speaker, CDR Travis Dvorak, USN, Skipper of the USS Kansas City
  • RADM Jeff Penfield, Chairman of USS Kansas City Commissioning Committee
  • Special video presentations by Sean Winn, Producer of Patriotic Productions


Special guests include:

  • Steve Woelk, USS Pueblo POW
  • Debbie Austin, President, North East Chapter, American Gold Star Mothers
  • Four WW II veterans as our honored guests


Dinner Options:

CAESAR SALAD| Romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, Parmigiano-Reggiano and sourdough croutons

Choice of one:

KC STRIP| grilled 10 oz. cut, roasted garlic whipped potatoes, baby green beans and maître d’butter


GRILLED MAHI MAHI | herbed risotto, sweet peas and blue crab cardinal sauce


ROASTED CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS | spinach caramelized onion veloute





Cash Bar: Will be open before, during and after dinner.


Cost: $65/plate (taxes and gratuities included)

Dress: Business Attire (Active Duty and Military Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms in honor of Memorial Day Weekend.)


Symphony Seating: KCAOG has arranged for a limited number of VIP passes and VIP seats for the KC Symphony Celebration at the Station patriotic concert.  These are normally reserved by the Symphony for donors as a fundraiser at $500/VIP Pass. However, the Symphony has recognized our Veterans’ event as important to their venue and has given us a special deal. You may reserve your VIP pass/seat for a tax-deductible donation of $25/Pass online along with your dinner reservation.  Passes will be handed out at the dinner. Alternatively, those wishing to attend the concert but without donating for seats may bring their own chairs and sit in the general audience area.


Donations:  Those wishing to honor our WWII veterans with a donation towards their dinner may do so upon registration.

Reservations: Due to very limited space in the Belvedere Private Dining room, early reservations are highly recommended.  Registration will close on Sunday, May 19th at midnight. Cancellation deadline for refunds is also 19 May.  Those wishing to attend after reservations are closed may sign up on a waiting list in this registration.  They will be contacted if reservations become available for them.

Reservations should be made at: 


Questions: Contact Greg Shuey at: or 913-894-8887.


Gregory N. Shuey, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret)

President, KCAOG


April 18 Navy/Marine Corps Social, at Burg & Barrel, Overland Park

Posted: 4/8/2019

Our own Treasurer Jack Rush ’73 has planned the early evening of Thursday April 18th for a social event co-hosted by the Navy League Greater Kansas City Council, Association of Naval Aviation (ANA), Marine Corps Business Network (MCBN), and US Naval Academy Alumni Association KC Chapter to be held from 4-7 p.m. now changed to the StageCoach Tavern.

Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Food and Drink: Available on individual tab basis (very good Food)

Time : 4 – 7 p.m. (1600-1900)

Location: Stagecoach Tavern, Overland Park 

Address: 9617 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212

There will be no guest speakers however each organization will be given a brief opportunity to provide a short overview summary of their organization, missions and goals. Please come by spend a few minutes or hours enjoying the company and meeting new Sea Services friends. Not restricted to veterans or active duty. All individuals supporting our sea services are welcome. Do not hesitate to invite friends and family members.

Update RADM Jeffrey Penfield, USN, Ret. (2015), who is a former F-18 SuperHornet pilot, and Navy fleet readiness expert, will be there talking about the challenges facing the sea services in the next decade and how our respective fraternal organizations can help influence younger Americans to serve, as military personnel needs continue to increase.

Please respond to me to RSVP your attendance so I can print you a name tag. Bob Culler         

Passing of John Owen ’52 on March 21, 2019

Posted: 3/27/2019

Fellow Kansas City Alumni:

It is my sad duty to pass along to you and it was in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, March 24, 2019, the obituary of attorney John Owen age 89, USNA Class of ‘52, with his passing on March 21. He was a naval aviator, served in the Korean War, and was a prominent businessman, attorney, and civic leader in Kansas City. He is survived by his wife Billie of 58 years, three daughters and four grandchildren. His law degree was from the University of Missouri ‘61.

His service to the Kansas City community was of great distinction:

* Board of the Missouri Bar Association
* Estate Planning Society of Kansas City
* Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
* Chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army
* President of the Liberty Memorial Association
* Board of Trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute
* Treasurer of the Board of Education, Kansas City School District
* Boards of: Research Hospital, Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Sunset Hill/Pembroke Hill School, Carriage Club, University Club, Central Methodist College

He was past Executive Vice President of Commerce Bank, President and Chairman of Board of Plaza Bank and Trust, member of Country Club United Methodist Church.

A funeral service will be on Monday, March 25, at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer, and Freeman Funeral
Home with full military honors at 1:00 PM, followed by a reception.

There also will be a celebration of life at Country Club United Methodist Church (400 West 57th Street, Kansas City, MO) on Sunday April 7 at 3:00 PM.

Thank you,

Bob Culler ’74

President Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter

Gary Sinise Luncheon with AUSA in Kansas City

Posted: 2/26/2019

Several members of the USNA Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter attended a grand luncheon event honoring actor Gary Sinise with the Col. Roger Donlon Patriot Award. We were behind enemy lines with the Army—-the AUSA (Association of the United States Army) on February 25, 2019, at the Downtown Marriott in Kansas City, MO. There were over 400 in attendance total.

Included Navy USNA alumni mingling with the Army were:  KC Chapter President Bob Culler ’74, Chapter Treasurer Jack Rush ’73, Board Member Chuck Stevens ’73, Board Member Eric Carlson ’74, Board Member Captain Mike Gochis ’90 (SelRes still wearing the uniform), Board Member Bryan Didier ’91, Retired Captain Dale Puhrman ’73, and Stu MacArthur ’84. Also attending was Honorary USNA Chapter member RADM Jeff Penfield, USN, Ret. and his wife Cynthia. Admiral Penfield is the only Navy Flag Officer living in Kansas City, and is Executive Chairman of the USS Kansas City (LCS-22) Commissioning Committee.

When it was announced in Gary Sinise’s biography that the U.S. Navy had previously made him an Honorary Chief Petty Officer, the whole Navy contingent cheered loudly. Sinise’s own father Robert Sinise, was a Navy Photographers Mate in the early 1950’s, it seemed most appropriate. Actor Gary Sinise’s has a new 2019 book out entitled Grateful American, A Journey From Self to Service. 


Gary Sinise is with AUSA President and Exec. VP and Col. Roger Donlon, 1964 Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient. The Patriot Award was presented in Col. Donlon’s name.

2018 Army Navy Watch Party December 8 from 1:00PM to 5:00 PM

Posted: 11/15/2018


The Class of ’92 gang: Joe Spencer, Chris Linnane, and Tim Kelley.

Joe Spencer ’92, Jeff Kranz ’74, Shogo Cottrell ’93, and Monsignor Stuart Swetland ’81

Group alumni picture for the 2018 Army Navy Game Watch Party in Overland Park, KS on December 8. The oldest are George Flynn and David Whitman Class of ’71, and the youngest is Vic Hurlbert ’10.

2018 Kansas City Metro Area Army Navy Football Watch Party

When:              Saturday, December 8, 2018,Lunch Starts at 1:00 PM (Central), Kickoff is at 2:00 PM

What:               Combined Army Navy Watch Party and Buffet Lunch

Where:              Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar, 9100 W 135thStreet, Overland Park, KS 66221

Capacity: 175 (135 seats in bar area + 40 seats in an adjacent private room). Additionally, there are 100 seats in the adjacent main restaurant area and 20 seats on the heated outdoor patio. All areas enjoy multiple large screen LCD TV’s, so you won’t miss a play – including the outdoor patio area! (improved from Blue Moose)     Phone: (913) 257-5439

Who:              West Point Society of Greater Kansas City, West Point Parents Club, Friends of West Point, Naval Academy Alumni Association, Greater Kansas City Metro Chapter, Naval Academy Parents Club, Friends of the Naval Academy Alumni Association. Family members are invited.

Dress:             Army and Navy Spirit Wear  

Food:               A buffet lunch featuring party food: BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, Big Whiskey’s Wings, Assorted Cold Wraps, Cheeseburger Sliders, Garden Salad, Cookies and Brownies.

Cost:               $20 per person;which includes non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and gratuity. Cash Bar.

Signup:           Please go to this EventBrite link to sign up and pre-pay by November 28th.

Your event URL is  (Register before December 3 at 5:00 PM)

You can pay by check or cash at the door BUT we encourage you to pre-pay on-line so we can have an accurate headcount for food. The price is $20 per person either way. If you do not register on-line please contact Bob Culler and RSVP by December 3. We will print paper stick-on nametags based on the information you provide when you register on-line. We will also have wrist bands for everyone upon check in at Big Whiskey’s. Example nametags:  Karen Clark USMA ’93, Bob Culler USNA ’74, Joe Soldier Parent USMA ’19, Sue Sailor Parent USNA ’20, Chad Clark Army Fan, Jane Sailor Navy Fan, etc.

Objective:        Beat Army and Sing Second. The other objective is to socialize and have fun. Army and Navy fight music will play on the sound system in the background during the Pregame. Arrive 30 minutes early to get seats in the bar.

Questions:        Navy contact Bob Culler  (913) 488-6319 (cell)



Going to the Game Army Navy Game–Tailgate in Philly

Posted: 10/22/2018

Army-Navy Registration is Now Open!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Sign up to cheer on Navy with the Alumni Association! Registration for our bus trip up to Philly and our tailgate is now available.

Army-Navy Game 

8 December 2018

3 p.m. Kick-off

Lincoln Financial Field

Coverage on CBS



Alumni Association Tailgate

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join the Alumni Association for the best tailgate of the season! We are indoors with heat, bathrooms, hot food and an open bar at the Wells Fargo Center, walking distance from Lincoln Financial Field.

Alumni Association Bus Trip

Departs at 8:15 a.m.

Skip the hassle of driving into the city and let us do it for you. Our bus trip leaves from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis and brings you to the Wells Fargo Center and back again. Ride in style on our comfortable buses complete with trivia, prizes and Navy spirit. Unfortunately, no one-way discounted bus tickets are available.


Tailgate and Bus Combo Ticket

Sign up for both and save! Guests receive discounted tickets when purchasing both the bus and tailgate.

Sign up now and save with early bird pricing until 31 October. After this date, all prices will increase by $5. Registration closes on 1 December at 12 a.m. No refunds will be issued after this time. Registration may close sooner if the tailgate or buses sell out.

Please visit our website for more information, or email

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation
247 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402
(410) 295-4000 |


October 6 Navy Air Force Watch Party

Posted: 9/20/2018

What: Navy vs Air Force Televised Football Game, CBS Sports Network (played in Colorado Springs)

When: Saturday, October 6, 2018, Kickoff Time is 2:30 Central Time

Where: Coaches Bar and Grill: , 9089 W 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66223. Phone 913 897-7070. It is located near the Scheels Soccer Complex.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own off Coaches’s menu but recommended you arrive at 1:00 to 1:30 so you get a seat. We are in the Fireplace Room on the back right. The capacity of the room is 35.

Attire: Navy or Air Force Spirit Casual

Who: USNA Alumni, USAFA Alumni, USNA Parents, USAFA Parents, Family Members

RSVP:  Navy–Bob Culler

We had 9 USNA and 8 Air Force Academy Alumni attend with family members in 2017.

RSVP: Air Force–Greg Shuey


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