Southwest Missouri Golf Community – The Joplin Golf Foundation is Asking for Your Help with a High School Tournament

Teams in the field include: Joplin, Carthage, Webb City, Carl Junction, Neosho, Seneca, Lamar, Nevada, College Heights, Thomas Jefferson, Diamond, Sarcoxie, Pierce City, Cassville and Aurora.



Joplin Golf Foundation

Horton Smith High School Invitational

The Joplin Golf Foundation is asking for your help to provide scholarship opportunities for our area high school senior golfers. The Joplin Golf Foundation (JGF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The primary mission of the JGF is promoting golf to our area of southwest Missouri. The JGF hosts many different golf events that include the Joplin Golf Hall of Fame Tournament, the Joplin Area Championship and the Horton Smith / Ky Laffoon matches held annually with Springfield. The pride of the JGF is the summer junior golf program. This program provides instruction and playing opportunities to the youth of our area at no cost to their families. The number of youth golfers in the program fluctuates annually and has seen as many as 300 juniors show up to learn the game.

Help Grow the Game You Love!

In 2016 the JGF invited the area high school golf coaches and their team members to help instruct and supervise these young golfers in conjunction with area PGA Golf Professionals and several volunteers from the golf community. In return the JGF has made a commitment to supporting these coaches, their players and their high school golf programs by enhancing these instruction and playing opportunities for our youth. Effectively creating more player opportunities for their programs as well. In many cases these coaches will be involved with them from the beginner level to the high school level.

The JGF is hosting the Horton Smith High School Invitational on April 10th at Schifferdecker Golf Course. High school golf teams within all four classes in our region have been invited. This will be an opportunity to showcase all of the golf talent from our area in one event. We will recognize the team champions and runner up and well as the top 10 individuals that will also make the Joplin Junior Horton Smith Team. This team will represent the Joplin area in matches against a Springfield team this summer. The JGF would like to establish a premier high school event for the golf programs in our area, their coaches and the players.

One more way the JGF is giving support to these high school programs is through scholarships for seniors in the Horton Smith Invitational field. This is where we need the golf community support! These seniors will provide a resume highlighting their academic and golf accomplishments. This year the JGF will award a minimum of four $500 scholarships for these seniors. It is our goal to provide more. That is where you have an opportunity to help. Please review the sponsorship opportunities available. The golf community in southwest Missouri is a tremendous supporter of junior golf. As a golfer you have understood the benefits of the game in your life. The JGF is trying to provide the opportunity for all of our area youth to experience those same wonderful benefits of the game. A game for a lifetime!

Thank you in advance for your help.

Mark Peterson, PGA                                                 Gary “Butch” Vernon

Horton Smith Invitational Chairman        President, Joplin Golf Foundation

Questions please call Mark Peterson @ 417 674 0171 or email

Help grow the game you love!


$500 – Completely provides one scholarship opportunity to a deserving senior.


$250 – Provides one half of a scholarship opportunity to a deserving senior.


$125 – Provide one fourth of a scholarship opportunity to a deserving senior.


$100 – Your contribution will go toward the operation and expenses of the JGF Horton Smith Invitational and those programs provided by the JGF.


$50 – Your contribution will go toward the operation and expenses of the Horton Smith Invitational and those programs provided by the JGF.

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Please return your contribution to:

Joplin Golf Foundation Horton Smith Invitational

2000 Richard Webster Drive Carthage MO 64836


Horton Smith Invitational Information

2017 will be the first year of what we hope will be a premier high school boys golf event for the area.  The Joplin Golf Foundation would like to accomplish a few goals with this event. The first goal is to have a high school boys event showcasing all of the area talent in one significant event. We will recognize the top two teams as well as the top 10 individuals. The second goal is selecting the Junior Horton Smith team representing the Joplin area. This team will play a team from the Springfield area in late July. This competition has gone on for many years. The Joplin Golf Foundation is responsible for selecting the Joplin area team. This event would serve as the qualifying event for 10 of the 12 spots available for the team. The top 10 individuals that medal would qualify for the team. The third goal is awarding four $500 scholarships to seniors in the event.

2017 Horton Smith Invitational

Presented by the Joplin Golf Foundation

Date – April 10th

Location – Schifferdecker Golf Course, Joplin Missouri

Time – 8:30 AM Shotgun start

18-hole team tournament for your 5 player team

Lunch for your 5 player team and coach.

Each player will receive a contestant gift signifying their participation in the event.


Four $500 scholarships will be awarded to seniors in the event. Please have your senior submit no more than three pages of typed material in an envelope with his name and school on the outside of the envelope. We will accept these on the day of the event from the coaches during the coaches meeting at 8 am at Schifferdecker. The following criteria will be evaluated for the selection of recipients.

  • 1-page essay on the topic “What Golf Means to Me”
  • 1-page resume to include –
    • Golf accomplishments
    • Academic accomplishments
    • GPA
    • High School activities, group and club involvement
  • 1 page of personal information to include
    • Name, phone number if applicable and student email address
    • Parent’s names, address, phone numbers and email addresses
    • Intended college, university or other school of choice after graduation
    • Intended major or career direction

In the event we need more information we may choose to contact the golf coach or administrators from the applicant’s school.

Scholarship winners will be announced on June 5th.

Questions may be directed to Mark Peterson, PGA 417 674 0171 or

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