The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation is a 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is a non-profit organization established to support the Northern Ohio community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charities in the area. The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation falls under the direction of the Northern Ohio Section of the PGA of America, a non-profit organization of over 370 men and women PGA Professionals serving as experts in business and the game of golf.
Making The Golf Community A Better Place In Northern Ohio
The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation Proudly Supports the Following Programs
Northern Ohio PGA Works Fellowship
PGA WORKS Fellowship is one of the flagship programs of PGA REACH. PGA WORKS Fellowship aspires to be the most valuable entry-level employment opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to garner experience in all facets of the golf industry.
PGA REACH launched the PGA WORKS Fellowship in 2017 and placed PGA WORKS Fellows in the Middle Atlantic, Carolinas and New Jersey PGA Sections.
The Northern Ohio PGA welcomed it's first PGA Works Fellow, Brooke Morgan in 2018. We are currently seeking interested candidates for the 2019 PGA Works Fellowship.
Clearview HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) was founded by Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame Member, Dr. Renee Powell as a cost-free, year-round recreational and therapeutic golf program specifically for women veterans. Ladies from every branch of service are welcome to join. Previous golf experience is not required. The program begins each year with 6 weeks of lessons followed by regular play and continuous instruction each Friday of the golf season. Instruction is provided by LPGA/PGA Head Golf Professional Renee Powell. During the winter months the program continues with indoor golf clinics, social gatherings, and service projects.
Evans Scholars Foundation
The Evans Scholars Foundation seeks to give full tuition and housing scholarships to golf caddies across the country. Since its creation in 1930, the Evans Scholars program has helped over 11,000 caddies graduate from college. The Evans Scholars Foundation has now invested over $400 million in the college education of those 11,000 alumni.
Cleveland Clinic Challenge Golf
Recreational therapists developed the concept of Challenge Golf as a means of providing therapeutic benefits to persons recovering from strokes, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, and neuromuscular disorders. The program has expanded to include adults and children with visual impairments, persons with developmental challenges, and those with less disabling impairments such as hip or knee replacements. It is designed to assist all individuals, both disabled and able-bodied in learning the game of golf for the first time or experienced golfers in need of adaptive assistance. Classes are taught by PGA Professional Ron Tristano and other qualified staff.
Formerly known as the Northern Ohio Golf Association’s Return to Golf, this organization has been committed since 2002 to serving people with physical disabilities throughout Northeast Ohio. The program, headed by NOPGA professional Robb Schulze, provides innovative, free-of-charge programs to more than 200 participants annually at the Wharton Center at North Olmsted Golf Club. Program participants range from stroke survivors, amputees, and those inflicted with traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease.
Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF)
Northern Ohio PGA Director of Operations, Lynne Plaisance is the Executive Director of the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation. The organization encourages, sponsors and supports the game of golf for girls. Over the past two decades, the OGGF has awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships to hundreds of girls, provided financial assistance to attend designated tournaments, as well as, conducted clinics and tournaments.