January 10, 2012
Changes To Program Announced
According to John Wilson, OVJGA Director of Junior Golf, the junior golf program has been cut to 14 members for 2012 due to a number of factors; however, he has stated that this is the youngest membership (average age 14.4 years) and most talented group in the 12 year history of the program.
Members of the program are Kaitlyn Bliss (16), Hunter Bryan (14) Jacob Carpenter (17), David Coram (15), Cole Hand (14), Scott Hand (17), Jared Jorden (13), Eli Lambie (17), Caden Myers (16), Ryan Payne (10), Taylor Shane (16), Michael Spitak (12), Kyle Wensel (13), and Dylan Wojcik (14). Wilson observed that every one of these 14 program members has a reasonable chance to play at the college level if they are totally dedicated, organized, sacrifice, and work at their game as directed. In short, their future success rests on their shoulders.
Congratulations go out to Michael Spitak (12 and under), Dylan Wojcik (13-14), Scott Hand (15-16), and Eli Lambie (17-18) for being awarded the OVJGA Player of the Year Award in their age division. And, finally, to Cole Hand who was awarded the overall OVJGA Junior Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, an unprecedented achievement.
January 31, 2010
John Wilson’s Statement To The Incoming Group
Congratulations to all 18 of you for being selected for the 2011 OVJGA Advanced Competitive Junior Golf Program. You were selected out of approximately 250 junior players from the Ohio Valley area either because of your demonstrated dedication/potential/interest/talent or because of a determination being made that you would be developing those necessary attributes in the next year or two in order to have the necessary skills to achieve college level play.
This will be a great year of progress – the youngest and most promising assemblage we have ever had. In reality, 90% of any success we achieve is on your shoulders.
August 3, 2010
OVJGA Players take top honors at Honeywell Junior Invitational
Junior golfers from the OVJGA faired well at the recent Honeywell Junior Golf Invitational held at Moundsville Country Club on August 2, 2010, with eight of the fourteen OVJGA juniors that participated walking away with awards. Tied with an 83 each were Michael Spitak and Dylan Wojick. Spitak won a 2 hole playoff to achieve the top honor and Wojick settled for a respectable second. Cole Hand (81) took top honors in the 13-14 age group. The 15-16 age group was swept with Eli Lambie (75) winning, Jacob Carpenter (79) taking second and Jacob Hicks (80) rounding out the top three. The girls division in 15-16 age group was won by Kaitlyn Bliss (84). Shayne Wilson’s 1 over 72 was enough to seal the deal in the 17-18 age bracket. Other OVJGA juniors that competed in the tournament were Scott Hand (85), Caden Myers(94), Ryan Loos(89), Nathan Clingenpeel(81), Geoff Lucas(83) and Chase Stuckey (88). Eight additional members did not compete in the tournament.
November 25, 2009
The OVJGA is now affiliated with the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Monies we raise will be funneled thru their organization and provided to the OVJGA as needed.
November 16, 2009
Shayne Wilson Signs With Youngstown State
Wheeling Park senior and four year letter award winner, Shayne Wilson signs his national letter of intent with Youngstown State University and hopes to make an impact in his Freshman year.
October 19, 2009
John Wilson announces re-establishment of the OVJGA
Former director of the OVGA junior golf program re-establishes the Ohio Valley Golf Academy to help further establish the skills of young golfers and prepare them for collegiate level competition.