Inaugural Golf Invitational at Jackson Park Golf Course Sept 29

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MEMBERS OF THE Jackson Park Golf Association holding the plaque from the organization they gave to Tiger Woods to commemorate his first visit to Jackson Park Golf Course before he became the world’s greatest golfer. Pictured from l-r: Brian Hogan, Chicago Parks Golf Alliance; Erika Shavers, The First Tee of Greater Chicago; James Kelley, South Shore Men; Dianne Meades, Fairway Network; Tracy Raoul, Vice Chairwoman, Jackson Park Golf Association; Abdel Raoul, Mount Carmel HS, Senior, Junior Golfer Cassandra Curry, Ebony Ladies Golf League; and Ron Norris, Chairman, Jackson Park Golf Association

The Jackson Park Golf Association (JPGA) is set to host its Inaugural Golf Invitational, Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the historic Jackson Park Golf Course. Play will begin at 9 a.m. to be followed by a lunch gathering and camaraderie throughout the afternoon.

More than 100 golfers representing prominent area golf leagues and clubs with a long history of playing both Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses are invited to come out and play the century-old Jackson Park Golf Course. This invitational celebrates a great 2018 season and supports the vision for the restoration of the historic course.

Panelist at the JPGA Symposium held last year at South Shore Cultural Center, which was attended by more than 200 golfers representing many prominent African American golf clubs and leagues to embrace the restoration project proposed for the Historic Jackson Park Golf Course and to celebrate African Americans who have made major contributions to the game of golf.

The JPGA recognizes the efforts of the Chicago Park District, Chicago Parks Golf Alliance, and Tiger Woods along with his TGR Design team, for their vision to create a world-class, modernized, and championship-caliber golf course in Chicago’s south side neighborhoods of Woodlawn and South Shore. It is a long-overdue and highly anticipated project.

Invitees include City Officials, prominent athletes, descendants of African American golf pioneers Walter Speedy and Ted Rhodes, local business owners, rising junior champions, and golfers who have played the courses for decades.

Photographed are AA junior golfers and junior caddies who were recognized at a JPGA Symposium held at the South Shore Cultural Center.

The order of the day is to have fun, enjoy the food, while sharing and creating fond memories.

The Jackson Park Golf Association (JPGA) is a 501(c)3 organization which serves Chicagoland area leagues and clubs to bring the community together through golf. The JPGA and its membership are dedicated to strengthening the community by committing themselves to the life lessons, opportunities, and excellence provided by the game.

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