Chicago, IL

October 2nd, 2018


     Offering an exciting new season finale tournament, Jackson Park Golf Association hosted their Inaugural Golf Invitational on Saturday September 29th.  More than 100 golfers representing 14 different leagues, clubs and organizations participated for the round at the Chicago Park District’s Jackson Park Golf Course, with numerous neighbors and community dignitaries joining for an afternoon luncheon on the clubhouse patio.  Cassandra Curry, Board Member of Jackson Park Golf Association, complimented the proposed improvements to the century-old course by Tiger Woods and his TGR Design team, “We have a lot of excitement about this project and Tiger.  Whatever we can do to forward the progress of young people in the game, we’re all for it.”

Clubhouse Camaraderie

     Focusing on the day’s events, Curry elaborated, “food, fun and fond memories were the order of the day.”  With teams paired for a two-player scramble format, golfers of all ages and skill levels thrived in a jovial atmosphere.  High School standouts Mathis Wint (Kenwood Academy, Junior), Donovan Simon (Kenwood Academy, Junior) and Abdel Raoul (Mount Carmel, Senior) added to the fun by challenging participants  in the “Junior Mulligan” closest to the pin contests on par-3 holes #6, 8 and 12.  Men’s Division winners Phil Smith and Jeff Wilson carded a stellar score of 62, while the team of Nichole O’Conner and Linda Thomas claimed Women’s honors with a 76.  Meanwhile, players also represented their leagues, with the South Shore Men’s League earning championship honors for the Men, and The Fairway Network as the prevailing Women’s League.  Additional results, including long drive and closet to the pin winners can be found on the Jackson Park Golf Association website.         

     A post-round program provided guests with compelling details of Jackson Park’s legacy as the home to many African American golf pioneers.  Speakers included, Andre Stephens Sr., the Great-Grandson of Walter and Nettie George Speedy; as well as Peggy Rhodes-White and Tiffany White, the daughter and granddaughter, respectively, of Ted Rhodes.  Jackson Park Advisory Council President, Louise McCurry, offered congratulations on “another wonderful community event in Jackson Park with resounding educational and inspirational messages.”     

Dr. Leon Finney & Will Carrington of South Shore Men’s League

    Ron Norris, President of Jackson Park Golf Association, added thanks to all of the event volunteers and sponsors including Andrea Dillon of Bon Manger Catering, Mr. Robert Curry of the Divots Golf Club who provided twenty additional golf carts, Dr. Leon Finney for crystal trophies for the Men’s & Women’s League Champions, RBS Drone Technologies, Wyn-Win Communications, and the Chicago Park District along with the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance. 

     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 through the life lessons, opportunities, and excellence provided by the game.  More information on their leagues and clubs is available here and their website is

Additional media coverage of the event is available via links from ABC 7 Chicago and The Chicago Crusader. 

JPGA Vice Chair Tracy Raoul with Mathis Wint and Donovan Simon from Kenwood Academy Golf Team

Team Representatives from Women of Jackson Park Golf Club & Chicago Women’s Golf Club