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Mill Creek MetroParks PGA Director of Golf, Brian Tolnar, becomes the 136th Certified PGA Professional in the country. The Certified Professional Program (2.0) is a valuable achievement in a learning strategy aimed at improving PGA Professionals proficiency and advancing facility opportunities. The program is the PGA of America’s career enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of the PGA members who are committed to continuously improving their business skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. The PGA of America currently offers four certification career paths: Player Development, Golf Operations, Golf Facility Management and Teaching & Coaching. Each career path consist of 35+ business courses, industry related project and a thesis capstone paper submission for program completion.
“I’m excited to bring some of the skills I have acquired in the education program back to Mill Creek this season. It is always a positive anytime an opportunity presents itself to expand a skill set. This gives me the ability to advance offerings and services, along with keeping on top of industry trends. Our golf staff works very hard to keep our programming fresh and exciting and I’m looking forward to assisting them in the continual growth and popularity of our golf programs,” says Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf. This makes Tolnar 1 of only 2 golf professionals certified in the state of Ohio for Player Development in the PGA of America.
The 3rd Annual Snowbird Scramble Tournament at Mill Creek Golf Course will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The event format is a four player team scramble with severe pin placements. Teams can be made up of any combination men, women, seniors or juniors. Men will play the white tee markers, women will play the red markers, seniors (60+) & juniors (16 & under) will play the gold tee markers. “It’s a great way to usher out the 2017 golf season at Mill Creek Golf Course in a relaxing tournament setting with friends and family. The format makes this event a lot of fun for area golfers who will see the flags placed in some unusual hole locations,” says Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf at Mill Creek Golf Course.
Entry Fee of $45/Player, $180/Team includes: greens fees, cart fees, chili cookout, event purse and skill event prizes. An option skins game will be available during the day of play. Register by stopping in or calling the Mill Creek Golf Course at 330.740.7112.
The golf cart staging area capital improvement project is set to begin next week at the Mill Creek Golf Course. The project will include an expanded golf cart staging area in front of the Mill Creek Golf Course Fieldhouse which will feature a larger area to accommodate an additional 36 golf carts, pull carts and landscaped areas. All areas of the course will be unaffected by this project and will remain open for normal play and tee times. Parella & Pannunzio Inc. was awarded the project on September 18, 2017.
The Mill Creek Golf Course Bunker Restoration Capital Improvement Project is set to begin this week on the South Course.
The project will include the restoration of 36 bunkers and additional drainage work.
The South Course will be open for play during the restoration process but may be limited to nine hole play on a few of the days during the restoration process.
However, the North Course and Practice Facility will remain open for normal play and tee times.
Golf Preservations Inc. was awarded the project on September 18, 2017.
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The Mill Creek Golf Course Bunker Restoration Capital Improvement Project is set to begin this week on the South Course. The project will include the restoration of 36 bunkers and additional drainage work. The South Course will be open for play during the restoration process, but may be limited to 9 Hole play on a few of the days during the restoration process. The North Course and Practice Facility will remain open for normal play and tee times. Golf Preservations Inc. was awarded the project on September 18, 2017.
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.
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.
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 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.