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MARION — The Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association will celebrate its 38th season this summer.

The organization promotes youth golf tournaments that are open to boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 18 and reside in Marion, Crawford, Delaware, Hardin, Morrow, Union and Wyandot counties.

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The non-profit, all-volunteer group is supported by donations. It started in 1987 as a way to educate juniors through a golf camp, seminar and seven-tournament tour that culminates with awards and scholarships presented at the season-ending banquet.

The annual golf camp will be June 6 and is for beginners or those who want to brush up on swing techniques, rules and etiquette. It will be held at Determined Brilliance Driving Range, formerly Miracle Driving Range, in Marion from 8 a.m. to noon. Campers will get a logo bag tag, towel, booklet and lunch. The cost is $17, plus the $5 membership fee. Clubs for Kids are available for juniors that need clubs.

The tournament season starts June 3 at Three Sticks in Marion. Other tournaments will be at the Marion Country Club on June 11, Marysville Golf Club on June 19, Veterans Memorial Park in Kenton on June 27, Golf Club of Bucyrus on July 1, Kings Mill in Waldo on July 11 and Valley View in Galion on July 15. The Chad A. Wheeler Best of the Best playoff event for the season’s tournament winners and runners-up will be July 23 at Lincoln Hills in Upper Sandusky.

Tournaments are broken into four divisions: 12-and-under, 13-to-15, 16-to-18 and girls 13-to-18. Age as of Sept. 1 determines which division a golfer competes. Those 13 and older will compete for tournament points to qualify for awards and scholarships if they play in five or more events. The 12-and-under division plays nine holes, while all other divisions play 18 holes.

There is a $5 membership fee, plus $20 for 10 raffle tickets to be sold for an incentive raffle with proceeds going toward tourney expenses. Tournament fees are $10 per tournament for those 12-and-younger and $15 per tournament for everyone else. Early registration is encouraged to prevent tournament shutouts.

The following are scholarships available for the 2024 season: David J. Wensinger Player of the Year $2,500 Scholarship, the Ross Carley Memorial Player of the Year First Runner-up $1,700 Scholarship, the Wensinger Family Second Runner-up Player of the Year $500 Scholarship, the HOJGA Third Runner-up Player of the Year $500 Scholarship, the Jeremy Wensinger Double Under Par Incentive $500 Scholarship, the HOJGA 3-Year Accumulative Points $750 Scholarship, the NUCOR Steel Most Improve Golfer $500 Scholarship, the Knights of Columbus Sportsmanship $500 Scholarship, the HOJGA Girls Sportsmanship $500 Scholarship, the Marion County Youth Foundation MERIT $1,000 Scholarship, the Charles W. Emans Memorial Patriot $500 Scholarship, the Roger Lee Hensel Legacy $500 Scholarship, the Amy Wensinger Roberts Girls 13-to-18 Player of the Year $1,000 Scholarship, the HOJGA 13-to-18 Girls Player of the Year Runner-up $750 Scholarship, the Steve Mills Memorial 13-to-15 Player of the Year $1,000 Scholarship and the HOJGA 13-to-15 Player of the Year Runner-up $750 Scholarship.

The scholarships, awards and raffle prize of a set of Callaway X series OS irons will be given at the banquet slated for July 25 at Kings Mill. Parents and friends will be invited to honor the season’s junior golfers, and there will be a guest speaker.

Entry forms and more information can be found at HOJGA.org or by calling 740-389-6207. Entries can be mailed to HOJGA at P.O. Box 821, Marion, Ohio, 43301-0821.

This article originally appeared on Marion Star: HOJGA getting ready for its 38th season of tournaments

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