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Multicultural Affairs Supports Nation Junior Golf Championship

ONU’s Office of Multicultural Development, along with other community sponsors Proctor & Gamble, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Rhodes State College, Marathon Oil and others, partnered with the Midwest Golf Association in hosting the National Junior Championship Tournament at Lima’s Hawthorne Hills Golf course on July 17 and 18.

The Midwest Golf Association has been coming to Lima/Allen County for over 25 years. This event is one of three open (non country club membership exclusive) events in America, where youth have the opportunity to qualify to participate in the PGA National Junior Championship Tournament.

This is especially attractive to minority and other non country club members. Approximately  120 young golfers between the ages of 7 to 23 participated. The Pee Wee Division played on the executive 9-hole course while the junior and college divisions played on the regulation18-hole course.

The National Junior Golf Championship was directed by the Midwest Golf Association’s Tournament Director and President Dennis Morgan with various MGA officers and Lima volunteers Londell Smith, Jeff Kirkman and Dianne Ricks assisting.


Men’s College Division, 19-23 yr. old

Emmanuel Petrich, Grand Blanc, Mich.

Junior Boys Division, 12-18 yrs. old

Brandon French, Lima, Ohio

Junior Girls Division – 12-13 yrs. old

First - Tiana Jones, Alliance, Ohio

Second - Sheridan Balyeat, Lima, Ohio

Pee Wee Boys Division, 8-11 yrs. old

Grant Hill, Memphis, Tenn.

PEE Wee Girls – 8-11 yrs. old

Myah Jackson, Chicago, Ill.


Lima’s Brandon French and Sheridan Balyeat were also 2010 medalist winners.


At the National Junior Championship, seated, from left, are Brunilda Turner, MGA vice president and assistant youth director, from Youngstown, Ohio ; Kusana Turner, MGA association treasurer, from Dallas, Texas; Fred Haygood, MGA sergeant at arms, from Cincinnati, Ohio; Dennis Morgan, MGA president, tournament director and youth director, from Suwanee, Ga.

Standing from left are  Jeff Kirkman, volunteer, from Lima, Ohio; Dianne Ricks, ONU, Multicultural Development Office, volunteer, from Lima, Ohio Dorothy Che-Menju, MGA audit chairperson, from Chicago, Ill.; Carole Jamison, MGA secretary, from Frankfort, Ill.; Londell Smith, MGA Lima liaison and volunteer, from Lima, Ohio.