Mill Creek Park Golf Pro Nominated for Northern Ohio PGA Award

Mill Creek PGA Head Professional Andy Santor, has been nominated for the Northern Ohio PGA Sections Teacher of the Year Award for the 2017 golf season. The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed. 

“We’re excited for Andy and all his hard work in dedicating himself to the instructional and player development aspects of the game of golf. His passion for teaching the game of golf to players at every level has created a huge positive for our golf operation at the Mill Creek MetroParks”, says Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf at Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Course. “He’s a very deserving candidate and we’re excited to have him on our team at Mill Creek.”

The Northern Ohio PGA is an association of golf professionals. The mission of the Northern Ohio PGA is to promote interest and enjoyment in the game of golf while enhancing the well-being of its members. This year’s Northern Ohio PGA Sections awards and ceremony will take place at Westfield Country Club in October.

Mill Creek Golf Course to Offer Tuesday Night League

The Mill Creek Golf Course will be offering a 2-person team scramble league every Tuesday beginning September 12, 2017. The league will run 8 weeks and will consist of two divisions – men’s division and a mixed division. “We’re happy to expand our reach to golfers in and around the Mahoning Valley by offering this fun and exciting golf league at Mill Creek this fall. It’s a relaxing format that is open to players of all ages and abilities. The league scramble format offers a stress free environment for golf, plus an opportunity to enjoy some of the great autumn sights at the Mill Creek Golf Course,” says Brian Tolnar, Mill Creek MetroParks PGA Director of Golf.

Registration is available by calling 330.740.7112 or in person at the Mill Creek Golf Course Fieldhouse. Registration deadline is Friday, September 8, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

Mill Creek Golf Course Closure

The Mill Creek Golf Course will be closed Friday, August 18, 2017 for the Vindicator’s Greatest Golfer of the Valley Tournament. Both North and South Courses will be closed. The Course will reopen to the public after 5:00 pm. The Practice Range and Par-3 Course will be open all day and available.

Mill Creek MetroParks to Offer Fall Junior Golf Program

Mill Creek MetroParks will offer a new fall Junior Golf Program for children aged 6 to 14 years old on select Sunday’s in September and October. The fall program will rotate between the Mill Creek Golf Course and Mill Creek Wick Recreation Par-3 Course. The program will run on Sunday’s from September 10, 2017 to Sunday, October 1, 2017. The four-week program will include five hours of PGA Professional golf instruction, practice drills, on-course playing time, skills competitions, games, prizes & a tee shirt for each participant. Juniors who do not own a set of golf clubs and wish to participate will be provided with clubs to use for the day by Mill Creek. “It’s great to be able to add this event to our fall line-up of golf instructional programs at Mill Creek. The player development programs for golf at Mill Creek have been exceptional this year and the interest level of the participants has created this opportunity to expand our reach this fall,” says Brian Tolnar, Mill Creek MetroParks PGA Director of Golf.

Registration is available by calling 330. 740. 7112 or in person at the Mill Creek Golf Course Fieldhouse or Wick Recreation Par-3 Course. The cost is $79.99 per junior. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 7, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

 

Financial impact from the 2017 AJGA Junior All-Star Tournament

The official financial impact numbers are in from the 2017 Mill Creek Foundation AJGA Junior All-Star Tournament. The event had total economic impact of $355,219.00 in 2017 and $713,297.00 over the past two years for the Mahoning Valley. In addition, it raised over $20,000.00+ for local charities.

 

“We’re excited to be a part of a national tournament that does so much for our local economy financially. This years numbers were higher than expected. Our goal is to be the leader for golf in the Mahoning Valley and events like this are a huge positive for growing the game of golf in Ohio. We can’t thank everyone enough for those who sponsored, played, and volunteered to be part of this event” Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf

Junior Par-3 Golf Tournament to be held at the Wick Recreation Par-3 Course

The Mill Creek MetroParks Par-3 Course at the James L. Wick Recreation Area will be hosting the 2nd Annual Junior Golf Tournament for youth between the ages of 5 – 13 on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The 18 hole stroke play tournament will consist of three age divisions (Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-13) for boys and girls. Tee times starting at 9:00 am. 

The entry fee is $10.00 per junior and includes 18 hole greens fees, prizes for the winners and snack after the round. To register, contact the Mill Creek Wick Par-3 Course Golf Shop at 330. 740.7114.

Mill Creek PGA Professionals Team Up with High School Players from Mahoning Valley

Mill Creek MetroParks PGA Staff PGA Professionals will be teaming up with local high school players on Sunday, July 2 to represent the Mahoning Valley at the Northern Ohio PGA Sections Pro-3 Junior Tournament. The tournament will take place on the West Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The event will be sponsored by Ping and will follow a 2 Best Ball of 4 format.

Three teams will be representing the Mill Creek MetroParks and the Mahoning Valley comprising of PGA Director of Golf, Brian Tolnar will be playing with Bobby Jonda (Boardman), Kyle Koziel (Poland) & Bryan Kordupel (Boardman). Head Professional, Andy Santor will be teamed up with Nick Braydich (Cardinal Mooney), Jared Wilson (Columbiana) & Rebel Strollo (Cardinal Mooney). Head Professional, Stacie Butler will be playing with Keegan Butler (Cardinal Mooney), Zach Jacobson (Poland) & Dean Austolash (Campbell Memorial). “The Mill Creek PGA Staff and I are proud to be able bring junior golfers from the Mahoning Valley to compete at one of the world’s greatest venues – Firestone Country Club. Junior golf is extremely important to us at Mill Creek and this is our way to give back to them for their outstanding support,” says Brian Tolnar, Mill Creek MetroParks PGA Director of Golf.

Family-oriented overnight camping event at Mill Creek MetroParks provides many activities

Two years ago, Lia Sebaugh and her father, Joe, spent a few days and nights camping at Pymatuning State Park, so you could probably say that experience has primed Lia for another day and night of fun.

“Tonight I get to sleep in a tent and have a fire,” the 7-year-old said Saturday afternoon, referring to some of what she looked forward to during Mill Creek MetroParks’ annual Family Camp in the Park, which began Saturday morning and continues until 1 p.m. today near the Judge Morley Performing Arts Pavilion in the James L. Wick Recreation Area.

The family-oriented overnight camping event provided a slew of activities such as nature programs, hikes, crafts, a scavenger hunt, structured games, storytelling and a trolley ride in and around the Bears Den area. The overall idea was to bring a greater number of people to the park while showcasing its offerings, noted Cara Hahn, the MetroParks’ programs and event coordinator.

“It’s good for people who have never camped; it’s also good for people who love to camp,” said Hahn, whose 2-year-old son, Justin, also took part in the festivities.

Suffice it to say Lia wasted no time engaging in fun activities. She enjoyed making a bug jar, a glow-in-the-dark item and a picture frame, said Lia, who listed as her favorite activities being with friends and family as well as watching movies.

“We love Mill Creek Park, and all the staff are always nice and polite,” Lia’s father added.

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Locals golfers take part in round two of AJGA event at Mill Creek

Mill Creek’s south course proved to be a worthy adversary for many of the competitors during second-round play at the American Junior Golf Association’s Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star.

After an opening round of 79 on Monday, Brookfield’s Conner Stevens shot an 82 on day two, dropping to 21 over for the tournament and falling from tied for 56th to now a tie for 63rd place.

Youngstown’s Jayne Bernard remains in 23rd place. She improved upon her opening round of 101 with a round of 98 on Tuesday.

Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio took the lead after two rounds, sitting five-under for the tournament, leading Matthew Yamin of New York by two strokes.

On the girl’s side, Taylor Kehoe of Strathroy, Ontario maintained her first-round lead as is two-under for the tournament, leading Sophie Zhang-Murphy of Beijing, China by three strokes.

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AJGA Awards Ceremony to be Moved Up Due to Impending Weather

Due to the impending weather forecast for today, June 22 the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) has moved up the tee times for today to ensure the event finishes before 2:00 pm. The awards presentation and event wrap-up is anticipated to be completed by 1:30 pm. 

WHAT:              AJGA Awards Ceremony 

WHEN:             Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:           Mill Creek Golf Course 

MetroParks PGA Golf Director will present information about this event and recognize sponsors. AJGA officials will present awards to junior golfers. MetroParks staff, AJGA staff and junior golfers will be available for interviews and photographs.