Giving Back to the Game

Volunteer Profile: Matt Birch

A lifelong golfer, Matt Birch has always loved the game. He loves its competitive nature and the fact that as a golfer, he is always competing against himself.

Birch has been golfing since he was 10 years old. His talent for golf has provided him with a lot of unique opportunities, including traveling to play in tournaments all across Kansas while making lifelong friends who are also passionate about the game.

In 1999, he caddied for a friend who was competing in the U.S. Mid-Amateur in Saint Louis.

This year, golf will provide him with another unique opportunity: the chance to volunteer at the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

On July 15, 156 of the best young golfers in the world will arrive at Flint Hills National Golf Club to compete in the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

This volunteer opportunity is a way for Birch to give back to the game he loves, as well as give back to the Flint Hills National community. Birch has had the chance to play at Flint Hills National many times and has formed friendships with the staff. He always admires their dedication to the game and the way they treat their members.

Birch believes this is an opportunity for Flint Hills National to receive nationwide recognition and show the nation what Wichita has to offer.

“At Flint Hills National, it’s all about the golf experience. It’s a top-notch course and it’s amazing that Wichita is able to have a course of that caliber,” Birch said.  It’s designed so that you don’t believe you’re in Wichita, Kansas. Wichita is still trying to escape the perception that it’s a small town. This is a great opportunity for the city to have people come through and see the great golf course at Flint Hills, the nice hotels and the great places to eat.”

Birch will volunteer as a parking monitor during the championship. Hundreds of additional volunteers are also giving their time to make this event possible.