Would you believe Jack Nicklaus once played in a significant golf tournament at Dayton’s Madden Golf Course.
If not, you can start believing. Nicklaus played in the Ohio Open Championship at Madden in 1958 when he was 18. He had won the Ohio Open in 1956 at the age of 16, but the Dayton event was won by Bob Shave.
Dayton was represented in the event by the late Jack Zimmerman, among others.
The Ohio Open, now staged by the Northern Ohio PGA Section, includes professionals and amateurs and is not to be confused with the Ohio Amateur Championship. The Ohio Am has been held five times at Springfield Country Club, four times each at Miami Valley Golf Club and Moraine Country Club and three times at NCR.
Springfield CC will host it for the sixth time July 11-14.
• The American Junior Golf Association will hold a tournament at Sugar Valley Country Club for the third time when a 36-hole Preview Series event comes to the Bellbrook course next weekend.
Last year’s winners included Alyssa Burritt of Bellbrook and Zach Crawford of Vandalia. Burritt is a member of the University of Cincinnati women’s golf team and Crawford is a senior at Vandalia-Butler who will attend Ohio State in the fall.
• In one day a couple of weeks ago 22 tree stumps were removed at Community Golf Course. The stumps had been between the parallel No. 1 and No. 18 holes on the Outside and Inside courses and between holes 9 and 10 and 12 and 18 on the Inside course.
“It’s a start,” said Community green superintendent Bob Bajek.
Over the last two or three years, many ash trees were cut down on the Community property because emerald ash borers were destroying them.
• Joe Bohardt advises that a reunion is being planned in August for men who caddied at Dayton Country Club between 1960 and 1975.
If you fit that profile and would like to participate, send your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Entries are being accepted for the annual George Klockson Golf Tournament which will be held June 3 at Community Golf Course.
The Klockson is a two-man, best ball event with half handicap. The entry fee is $140 per team, and the deadline is May 27. Last year there were 68 players, and the goal this year is to have 100.
For more information contact Gregg Shawen at 937-361-3147.