Mill Creek golf tournament receives top award from state organization

Mill Creek MetroParks has been honored by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.

Mill Creek Golf Courses’ American Junior Golf Association Junior All Star Tournament placed first in the sports category of the association’s annual Awards of Excellence.

The awards are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around the state.

“Parks and recreation professionals throughout Ohio work every day to improve the quality of life of the people they serve,” OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward said in a news release. “This effort is a shining example of that kind of work, and we are pleased to be able to present this award.”

In fall 2015, Mill Creek MetroParks created a partnership with the American Junior Golf Association to bring a national event to the state. In June 2016, Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation AJGA Junior All Star Tournament was created. Competitors from 19 states and three countries participated in the first tournament.

This year, the AJGA hosted the standard Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation Junior All Star event with the addition of an AJGA Preview Event, allowing the course to host two, 54-hole tournaments with 100 player qualifiers. The tournament brought in more than 40 college golf coaches to recruit players.

“It’s a great way to showcase the MetroParks and the golf course, all while giving back to our local community,” Brian Tolnar, PGA golf director, said in the release.

The event has brought nearly $2 million to the community through hotel stays, dining, rental cars, shopping and entertainment spending, the release states.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for the work that we are doing to impact the local community and the dedication demonstrated by the Golf & Recreation Department here at Mill Creek MetroParks,” Aaron Young, Mill Creek MetroParks executive director, said.

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