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Aurora’s Pollak Repeats; Three Others Are First Time Winners in Kenny Novak

By NOPGA Webmaster / July 28, 2022

AURORA: For three of the winners in the 39th annual Kenny Novak/Northern Ohio Junior Tour Championship, the first time was the charm. For Aurora’s Chris Pollak, the second time was even more charming. A stellar opening round gave Pollak plenty of breathing room he really didn’t need but paved the way to his second straight…

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It Took 44 Years, but an Amateur Has Won the 101st Pyramid Treating Ohio Open

By NOPGA Webmaster / June 27, 2022

History was made Wednesday during the playing of the 101st Pyramid Treating Ohio Open on the North Course of Westfield Country Club. Jordan Gilkison, shot a final-round 5-under 65 to become the first amateur to win the Ohio Open in 44 years. With rounds of 72-63-65 Gilkison, a sophomore at Kent State from Springboro, finished…

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FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARM FOR SOWARDS; JUST AS THE LAST THREE OHIO SENIOR OPENS

By NOPGA Webmaster / June 3, 2022

AKRON: In one of the most intense and tightly contested Ohio Senior Opens in recent memory Bob Sowards, PGA prevailed once again. The soon-to-be 54-year old rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole at Firestone Country Club to defeat Cincinnati’s Sam Arnold, PGA and become the first man to win four…

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SOWARDS OFF AND RUNNING IN QUEST OF FOURTH STRAIGHT OHIO SENIOR OPEN TITLE

By NOPGA Webmaster / June 1, 2022

AKRON: Bob Sowards is feeling comfortable and that should be enough to make everyone else uncomfortable. Sowards, the PGA Director of Instruction at Kinsale Golf and Country Club in Powell, shot an opening 3-under par 67 (35-32) on Wednesday and will take a two-stroke lead into Thursday’s final round of the 37th Michelob Ultra Ohio…

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NOPGA Kicks Off 2022 Season on Monday

By NOPGA Webmaster / April 7, 2022

The Northern Ohio Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America begins its 76th season of competition on Monday, kicking off a schedule that will extend non-stop through the middle of October. A total of 38 tournaments will be held, highlighted by the Section’s 12 ‘major’ events, including the historic Ohio Open, which will be…

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Brian Tolnar Is Named PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Category

By NOPGA Webmaster / January 26, 2022

What does it take to build a highly-successful pro shop? First, it takes a vision and a plan forged through years of learning at the hands of experienced professionals. Then, it takes the wherewithal to enact that vision and plan and a talented and dedicated staff eager to execute that vision and plan on a…

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Drive Chip and Putt Registration Now Open

By NOPGA Webmaster / January 25, 2022

The USGA, Masters Tournament and PGA of America announced today that registration for 2022 -2023 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying is now open on DriveChipandPutt.com. Created by the three organizations to introduce more youth to golf in a fun and welcoming environment, the initiative is open to any boy or girl between the ages of…

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First or Umpteenth Time, a Major Win is Golf: Shute Match Play Championships

By NOPGA Webmaster / October 14, 2021

AKRON, Ohio: Whether you are a first timer or a multi-timer winning an event that is regarded as a major will put a smile on your face as wide as the widest fairway. So it was on Wednesday during the final day of the Denny Shute Memorial Match Play Championships at Portage Country Club. Two…

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It had to end sometime, right? NOPGA Dominance Ends in Ohio Cup

By NOPGA Webmaster / October 6, 2021

Grove City, Oh. –You could blame it on home-course advantage. But, in the end there was only one reason why the Northern Ohio Section’s five-year winning streak came to an end during the 25th Ohio Cup at the Pinnacle Club on Wednesday. The SOPGA simply played better when it mattered most – during the third-round…

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SOPGA Has Slim Lead in 25th Ohio Cup: Round 2 Incomplete Due to Darkness

By NOPGA Webmaster / October 5, 2021

Grove City, Oh. – It was more than nine hours of golf with some great and not so great shots. Day One of the 25th Ohio Cup got a late start because a two hour delay caused by dense fog hovering over the Pinnacle Club. And Day One never did reach its entirety as the…

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