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Dennis has compiled an illustrious playing and teaching career spanning close to five decades. He can only be described as a mid-Missouri golfing legend. Born and raised in Carthage, Missouri, Dennis quickly gained notoriety as an accomplished amateur player. He qualified for the 1976 U.S. Amateur Championship, and in 1977, he won the Phil Cotton Invitational, the Missouri Amateur Championship, and qualified again for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Dennis turned professional in 1978, and he quickly became one of the best players in the Gateway PGA Section. In 1978, he won the Gateway PGA Section Championship. He followed that by winning the Gateway PGA Match Play Championship in 1979, and he then qualified for the U.S. Open Championship 1980. He is also a two-time winner of the Gateway PGA Team Championship.
While his playing resume is certainly impressive, Dennis is best known for his skills as an instructor. Dennis has close to 40 years of teaching experience, and he has helped countless golfers improve their games and learn how to better enjoy the game. In 2006, Dennis was honored as the Gateway PGA Teacher of the Year. He was named the 2007 Gateway PGA Junior Golf Leader, and in 2013, he was inducted into the Columbia Golf Foundation Hall of Fame.
Kory has over 20 years of experience in the golf industry and specializes in instruction, club fitting, and club repair. A native of Quincy, Illinois, Kory began his career at Westview Golf Course under the tutelage of Gateway PGA Teacher of the Year Mark Christensen. Kory then moved on to Quincy Country Club, where he honed his craft under Gateway PGA legend Lynn Rosely. Kory spent 10 years as the store manager at Discount Golf World before coming to Midway Golf Complex.
Kory is widely regarded as an exceptional instructor and accomplished player. He qualified for the PGA National Assistants Championship in 2008. He holds the course record at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, Missouri, with a nine under par 62. He also holds the course record at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri, with a 10 under par 62.
Kory is a 1999 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he was a two-year member of the Saluki’s golf team. While at SIUC, he was named to the 1999 Missouri Valley All-Conference team. He graduated from SIUC summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications. Prior to SIUC, Kory attended John Wood Community College for two years, where he was a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Qualifier. He was elected into the John Wood Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.