Heritage Park Golf Operations Manager Rob Wilkin was among four outstanding individuals who recently joined the Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame.
The inductions were announced on Nov. 30 by Central Links Golf, which was formed earlier this year by the merger of the Kansas City Golf Association and the Kansas Golf Association.
Wilkin is an 18-time Midwest PGA Section Player of the Year who also played college golf at Coffeyville, Kan., Community College and at the University of Kansas. He has played in ten major professional championships including the 1988 US Open, four PGA Championships, the 2011 US Senior Open and four Senior PGA Championships. Wilkin has played in every Watson Challenge since its inception and outlasted the event’s founder and namesake in a five-hole playoff for the title in 2016.
Wilkin began with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in April 1998 as assistant manager of golf operations, and became Heritage Park golf operations manager in 2013. Heritage Park Golf Course is located at 17501 Midland Dr., Olathe.
Wilkin’s fellow inductees into the Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame for 2020 are: amateur standout Steve Groom of Raytown; Dave Fearis, who served the game of golf as a leader among golf course superintendents at the local and national levels for more than 40 years; and Mary Jane Barnes, who as the first woman elected as President of the Kansas City Golf Association.
“The Hall of Fame was created in 2012 as part of our celebration of the centennial of the KCGA,” said Greg Dunn, president of the newly formed Central Links Golf. “Our goal is to preserve our past and  honor the accomplishments and contributions of those who made golf in this area great. Central Links is committed to continuing the tradition established prior to the merger of the KCGA and the Kansas Golf Association.”
Because of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s honorees will be inducted at a later time.
Nominees are voted on by a broad cross-section of local electors: all members of the CLG Board, living members of the Hall of Fame, the Executive Board of the Midwest Section PGA, representatives of the Golf Course Superintendents Association and emeritus members of the CLG Board. Five nominees appeared on this year’s ballot and each voter was able to cast three votes.