Mick, Dick and Kris McKichan were recognized at Platteville High School Awards Night on May 29 by Gene and Jan Weber and on behalf of the PHS Scholarship Fund.
The McKichans were honored for the many ways they helped young people through teaching and coaching the sport of golf.
Golf teaches many things to a young student, including patience and focus while keeping their minds active.
“We’d personally like to express our gratitude for the McKichan’s influence on our sons’ character development as well as teaching them the game of golf,” said Gene and Jan Weber.
In and around Platteville the McKichan name is synonymous with golf. Each has been a long-time member of the Platteville Golf and Country Club and donated many hours to the development of the golf course.
Mac A. “Mick” McKichan, Jr, a long-serving Platteville attorney, was a member of the first PHS golf team in 1955. He has been instrumental in developing many junior golfers in the Platteville area and is the current Chairperson of the Junior Golf Committee for the Wisconsin State Golf Association.
Dick McKichan is a retired history teacher, who coached golf for more than 40 years. Prior to his long tenure with Platteville High School, he initiated the Iowa–Grant High School golf program.
Dick has introduced scores of students to the game of golf during his coaching career and always emphasized the importance of having fun.
In 1988, he started the Platteville High School Golf Tournament, which has recently been renamed the Dick McKichan Invitational. He has been a long-time board member and past president of the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin and will be inducted into its Hall of Fame this June.
Kris McKichan, a retired physical education teacher and coach, started the Darlington High School girls’ golf program, for which she was head coach for 21 years. For seven years following her Darlington retirement, she served as a volunteer assistant coach in Platteville working with her husband, Dick, and helping to run the Platteville Golf Tournament since its inception.
Gene and Jan Weber were early supporters of the PHS Scholarship Fund, establishing the Weber Family Scholarship Endowment in 2010. The Weber Family Scholarship Endowment is managed by the PHS Scholarship Fund, which is affiliated with the Platteville Community Fund and the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. For more information about the Foundation please contact CFSW Donor Services Rep, Barb Daus at 778-3344, or firstname.lastname@example.org.