Ohio Women’s Open Presented by Credit Adjustments, Inc.

The 11th Annual First Federal Bank Ohio Women’s Open Presented by Credit Adjustments, Inc. was contested recently and Ohio State University graduate, Jessica Porvasnik  put together rounds of 70-68 for a four-under 138 total to win her first event as a professional. The OWO was contested in Defiance, OH  at Eagle Rock Golf Club and 65 professionals and amateurs competed for top prizes. Porvasnik took home $6000 for her first place finish!

Symetra Tour player, Brooke Baker, from Oklahoma, was runner-up with her rounds of 72-71 for a one over total of 143.

Sue Ertl, a current Legends Tour member and former LPGA touring pro, won the senior event with a two-day total of 148 with rounds of 75 and 73. LPGA member, Karen Bennett, was runner-up with a 149 two-day total.

Danielle Sawyer was the low amateur with her total of 151 with rounds of 77-74. Sawyer is a freshman at Central Michigan University.

 

 

Winners for the Ohio Women’s Open in Defiance, Oh at Eagle Rock Golf Club include, from left: Jessica Porvasnik (Professional winner, 138); Danielle Sawyer (low amateur, 151); Brooke Baker (Professional Runner-up, 143); and Sue Ertl (Senior Professional,148)

PGA Jr. Golf League-Carol Rhoades

The PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course.
Registration will open for PGA Junior League Golf on February 1.

In 2016 LPGA & PGA members captained teams to the National Championship. I encourage you to visit the http://www.PGAJLG.comfor information on the most rapidly growing program in golf. For registration and support documents visit http://www.PGA.org/PGAJLG. There is a “Pre-Registration” Questionnaire & Planning Guide that will take you through the process. There are also 8 Regional Player Development Specialists that can answer questions specific to your area. If you have any have questions please feel free to contact me at carol@pga.com. As the Captain of a National Finals Team last year, I encourage you to consider participating in this program.

Noblett wins Midwest Jeri Reid Award

Suzanne Noblett
Indiana’s Suzanne Noblett was recently awarded the Jeri Reid Spirit of the Game Award for 2016. Noblett, who was a friend of Reid, who passed away earlier this year, was thrilled with receiving the award. Noblett said, “Jeri was such a great person and she and I were good friends so this means a lot to me. “

Noblett, who lives in Fort Wayne and is originally from Evansville, Indiana, is a Class A member of the LPGA T&CP Division. This past year she established “Noblett Golf Services,” which she operates from privately owned Cedar Creek Golf Course as well as the Bobick’s Driving Range in Fort Wayne. Noblett adds this award to the two Midwest Section Teacher of the Year Awards.

Noblett is a little unique in her teaching as she always wears knickers; her dog accompanies her to the range and sits on a golf cart during lessons; and she aptly provides videos of herself to her students doing drills so her students will have those for future reference.

As Jeri Reid fought cancer, the award was designed to keep Jeri Reid’s spirit and love of the game alive. Past recipients of the award were: Jeri Reid (2014); Patricia Gray (2015).

 

Join Me in Vegas Baby! by Louise Ball

louise-ball-vegasI am a sports nut!  It’s true, I’ve always been that way.  I grew up in a sports crazed family in Boston, a city with a rich sports history.  I guess you could say sports are in my blood.  I love everything about them.  I’ve lived in Knoxville TN now for 16 years.

Knoxville is the home of the late Pat Summitt, one of the greatest coaches in sports history.  What a treat it was for me to watch her coach, to see her love of sport, people and community.

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Kleiman-Daugherty Win Pro-Pro

Seniors Jan Kleiman and Diane Daugherty claimed first place in the Midwest Pro-Pro event at Aberdeen Golf Club on Monday. The duo fired a stalwart one-under 70 on Monday’s alternate shot event to go with their 72 from the best ball on Sunday.

The team came from five shots back of Hillery Wilson Sence and Alecia Larsen, who closed with an 80 (147 total) to go with their bestball score of 67. Angie Ause and Suzanne Noblett took third place with their score of 149.

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A Message from Your Midwest Section President

Hello Everyone!
Rita Reasons Headshot
I hope this finds you well and that you have had a productive and prosperous golf season thus far this year.

As we head into fall, I wanted to remind you of two great opportunities coming up to be able to connect with fellow T&CP members. Not only will you be able to catch up with friends, but also play some golf, learn new things to help elevate you within our profession, and also earn some additional CUs in the process.

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It’s Tournament Season in Ohio by Martha Mallott

If you haven’t run a large tournament, you need to do it at least once. This year is the 10th Annual Ohio Women’s Open and I have been the Executive Director and Tournament Director all 10 years.

To say this is a fun job would be a total lie.  It is a fun job when the tournament is over and I can again sleep at night without worrying about what might have been forgotten.  My golfing professional friends wonder why I don’t play in the 36-hole championship.  It’s hard already running the tournament, let alone playing in it as well.

The last two years have been especially challenging as we had to cancel the event in 2015 due to a lack of participants.  We had scheduled our usual first weekend in August start time but, unbeknownst to us, it conflicted with LPGA Q-school. With the ranks of our participants coming from the Symetra Tour, the Legends Tour, PGA professionals, and LPGA T&CP member, we lost a huge segment of our draw with so many Symetra Tour members playing at Q-School.

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