JPGA partnered with the APGA Tour for another outstanding Youth Clinic at Harborside on 5/19/24!

APGA Tour professionals present to teach the children golf skills:
Chicago’s, Mulbe Dillard, IV, Andrew Walker, and Rovonta Young. They’re preparing to compete May 21-22 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

The presenters talked to the youth about mental wellness, STEM careers, agronomy, caddying, entrepreneurship, and more:

Robyn Jackson, M.D.: Family Medicine Physician, mental wellness specialist

Adam Stewart: Regional Agronomist, Troon. Soil/water testing.

Paige Minnet: former caddy, Occupational Health Specialist/Entrepreneur

Tracey Roundtree: Founder, CEO of A.M.P. Your Mind (

Naeem Karriem (STEM) Technology Specialist. Founder: Developing Young Minds, Inc.

Tony Medlin: Head Equipment Manager, Chicago Bears

Gary Faulcon: Assistant Equipment Manager, Chicago Bears

And Bears Receiver, DJ Moore autographed caps for the children and adult fans!

75 youth registered for the event and turnout was great! Participants ranged from 5 to 18 and walked away with some great raffle prizes!

There were seven winners of the essay contest with Jasmine McGhee of Whitney Young (Golf Team) earning top prize for her essay.

Many thanks to APGA, Farmers Insurance, First Tee, and Harborside International for hosting the event! It was an amazing event!

Parent testimonials:
Hi Tracy, I want to thank you & the organizers for allowing Matthew the opportunity to attend the golf clinic today. Matthew & I wanted to let you know that the presenters were excellent. I’m including myself because he came home and explained everything they said. He definitely stated he will utilize the mental health practices that were discussed. Once again, thank you for everything you and the organizers do for our youth. It is truly appreciated.

Tracy and APGA, thank you for the format and that mental health component. Alex was talking about the stress balls they gave out and said he wished he had those when his three grandparents died. But he said any time he feels anxiety he will use them.

And learning more about careers that golf has, WOW! Again, I can’t stress how phenomenal these clinics are! Will you guys do another clinic this year?!

Ms Tracy, I met you yesterday at Harborside. My son is interested in learning about golf so he can be a Caddy!

Many thanks to the parents for their heartfelt responses and to the children for being fully engaged and interested in learning more!

And yes, we’re adding her son to our caddy roster at South Shore! Mathis Wint, our scholarship recipient from 2020, is going to be the Caddy Manager!


The 2023 invitational was rained out, but it did not keep the over 80 guests from enjoying themselves!

Guests learned the history of JPGA since its beginnings in 1989; updates on how JPGA impacts the game by growing it for youth; guests selected from a table of raffle items; food catered by Phat Katz Catering featuring their signature shrimp and grits (YUMMM!!!); and enjoyed special guests:

Reggie Smith
Former NFL player (Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and USFL Tampa Bay Bandits

Michael Ingram
Former Pro Basketball player (played overseas-led teams to playoffs), MVP twice, also played
for U of Iowa)

Rufus Williams
WVON Talk Show host




JPGA donated 750 practice range golf balls to Marquette Park Golf Course on Tuesday, 9/29/2020.

JPGA in partnership with Wilson Sporting Goods Company is pleased to donate the balls for use by all the avid golfers that utilize the practice facility at Marquette.

Tracy Raoul, JPGA Chairperson, and Cassandra Curry, JPGA Secretary, present the gift to Jack Mills and Herb Segura.  Tracy appreciatively noted, “The Chicago Park District and Billy Casper Golf have been very supportive of our organization, which is why we want to give back whenever we can.”

Thank you Wilson for your generous gift and continued support for our southside golfing community!

“Thank you so much for thinking of us and for giving us the balls. Greatly appreciated,” Herb Segura enthusiastically exclaimed. 


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Inaugural JPGA / IJGA Tournament at Jackson Park and South Shore Golf Courses

Jackson Park Golf Association in collaboration with Illinois Junior Golf Association hosted for the first time in IJGA 57 year history, a tournament at Jackson Park Golf Course (JP) for children ages 14-18 AND a tournament at South Shore Golf Course (SS) for children ages 10-13!!!!

Spectacular weather, golfers from all over Illinois playing JP and SS (increasing exposure!), forecaddies from the Maryville Golf Academy/JPGA caddy training program, AND volunteers from Chicago Women’s Golf Club at SS, Gloria Small and Flora Davis (ranger and rules aficionado!), Mark Lowry for assisting with scoring (original organizer and member of JPGA in the 1980s), Kathy Davis (Ebony Ladies Golf League, ranger extraordinaire!), and the entire JP staff (Kristy, George, Tajj, Ricky, Michelle, Thomas, and Patric used his day off to serve as a crossing guard at Marquette and Jeffrey, since closure and tunnel aren’t there YET ☺️!).

Both the morning and afternoon staff made everything run smoothly at both courses!!! And the players said, “Course is in great shape! The greens were really good!”

IJGA alums Ahmad Raoul and Reese Wilson served as starters at JP and SS, respectively! They handled the process impeccably as they both played IJGA tournaments for years !!! THANK YOU!!!

Phat Katz Catering made another Ace with their delicious sandwiches and goodie bags full of treats to satisfy every taste!

The spectacular bronze trophies furnished by CMS Trophies & Plaques, Inc.

Alderman Desmon Yancy (5th Ward) came out to observe the historic event and learned some truths in the process about the course restoration, JPGA community involvement, and revitalization of the South Side (starting with course enhancements). Working to rebuild South Shore and Woodlawn!

And lastly many thanks to the JPGA Board of Directors before the event preparations (everyone) and during:

Registration JP: Cassandra Curry, Demetrice Burgess (and photographer)
Registration SS: Dorothy Che-Menju
Rangers: Al Brown, Arthur Burton, Kelli Morrison

All Praises to God for this day and praying Your Will be done as we start preparing for next year!!! ☺️

AND THE WINNERS for the INAUGURAL Illinois Junior Golf Association / Jackson Park Golf Association TOURNAMENT at Jackson Park Golf Course: Boys 14-15: Mason Fernandez Girls 14-15: Kennedy White Boys 16-18: Keshav Gupta Girls 16-18: Mayan Covarrubias South Shore Golf Course: Boys 10-11: Carlos Escobar Boys 12-13: Rian Patadia Girls 12-13: Annabelle Kutcher


And a special Congratulations to Zell Wilson (Girls 16-18, 2nd place) playing in a final IJGA Tournament! She graduated in May and will be attending the University of Detroit Mercy! Much success to all!!!

APGA Youth Clinic

Jackson Park Golf Association (JPGA) ( partnered with Advocates Professional Golf
Association (APGA) Tour ( to host a clinic for 27 children at South Shore Cultural
Center Learning Center on Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 12 PM to 5 PM.
Not only was the weather wonderful for a spring day in Chicago, but Lake Michigan proved to be a great
backdrop for the clinic!

The clinic encompassed three different teaching sessions, which divided children into age groups (5-8; 9-12,
13-18) and included the following sessions: 1) mental wellness led by Dr. Robyn Jackson, 2) careers in the golf
industry, and 3) golf skills led by professional golfers playing on the APGA Tour.
Dr. Robyn A. Jackson is a Family Medicine specialist and teaches in Tinley Park, Illinois. She has been practicing
community medicine for 29 years.

Adam Stewart talked to the children about First Green ( and showed them
how to collect soil samples as part of its environment and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
education outreach program. Golf courses are used as environmental learning labs for First Green and JPGA is
partnering with them to introduce more children to this fascinating area of science and potential career.

Anthony J. Williams is a local mentor and coach working with children in the Hit It Straight Golf Academy
( He is an engineer and discussed the mechanics and physics of the golf
swing and the equipment.

There were five golfers currently playing on the APGA Tour and they covered driving, chipping, and putting
skills with each child receiving one-on-one lessons from the pros. One child said how cool it was to receive golf
lessons from a professional golfer that looked like him.

One of the pros was Mulbe Dillard IV and JPGA is proud to continue their sponsorship of him playing in the TPC
Deere Run tournament in Silvis, Illinois. In fact, JPGA sponsored a trip to watch the pros play in 2022 and
returned again to watch them on Monday, May 29, 2023.

Phat Katz Catering, Inc. ( prepared scrumptious sandwich
options of turkey, chicken, or vegetarian with lots of additional snacks in the individual lunch boxes!

The essay contest was a 500-word essay on “Why it is important to make positive choices in your health,
wellness and careers.” The winner, Dylan Ford, received $500; and the runners-up who received $250 were:
Alexander Applewhite, Ethan Carver, Caleb Hoskins, Jason Price, and Brandon Walker.
There were prizes, which included two TV sets, golf club sets from Golf Course Builders Association of America
( Sticks for Kids Program, and a plethora of golfing options!

This youth clinic was an opportunity that allowed two conscientious organizations, APGA and JPGA, to
continue their missions of providing exposing and opportunities for African Americans in golf:

The Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA) was established in 2010 as a non-profit
organization with the mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf. The APGA Tour
Board of Directors work to accomplish this by hosting and operating professional golf
tournaments, player development programs, mentoring programs and by introducing the game
to inner city young people.
The Jackson Park Golf Association (JPGA) is dedicated to providing values, substantial resources,
service, opportunities, and community sustainability. JPGA, through a platform of golf, will identify
and provide accessibility, as well as viable and sustainable community resources for the

underrepresented and underserved community through accomplished leadership in the multi-billion-
dollar golf industry.

The 2023 Caddy Training Class at the Kroc Center is the largest class to date! We had 26 registered participants and a waitlist of 14! Many thanks to Juan Espejo for his continued support and energy to develop caddies! And thanks to his organization, Maryville Golf Academy, for donating golf sets to all the caddies that want to now play golf!!! 

Caddies have been hired at the following golf courses:

Beverly County Club

Olympia Fields

Butler National


Good luck to all!

5th Annual JPGA 2022 Invitational

Do you ever have that feeling that you can't say THANK YOU enough?!

Well, that’s our feeling after Jackson Park Golf Association celebrated the 5th Annual Golf Invitational, 9/18/22, at Jackson Park Golf Course !!!

GOD gave us a drizzle before the round and then it was sunny and pleasant the rest of the day!!!

76 golfers registered with 5 no shows!!!

Phat Katz Catering OMG! The breakfast spread that included shrimp and grits!!!

Indigo Sports Golf Management – Kristy, Keisha, Harold, Patrick, George, Steve, Adrienne, Ike, Keyona, Blue, Ro, Dorian, Oran – stepped up to the tee with efficiency and professionalism!!!

Golfers showed up and some showed out battling for our coveted crystal trophies from CMS Trophies & Plaques, Inc. !!!

Our collaboration with Cousins Empowered Optimist Superheroes allows us opportunities to introduce golf to more children!!!)

LORD, I Want To THANK YOU for continuing to guide JPGA and our supporters to great deeds of sponsoring, supporting, growing, playing, and uplifting as many as we can in this game we !!!

This year, we awarded four graduating high schoolers money and continued our support for Chicago’s own pro, Mulbe Dillard, IV, as he continues his journey of playing golf professionally. ONWARD and UPWARD for all our scholars and golf industry enthusiasts!

The 2022 Coveted Trophy Winners and “Chicago’s BEST Golf Team” of 2022…

MEN: The Bosses (Carlos Hemphill, Reggie Carter, Chick Hoes, and John Gay)
WOMEN: Fairway Network (Robin Shoffner, Susan Leitao, Polly Flinn, Shanda Coleman)

Competitive Leagues/Clubs

The Bosses
Project Brotherhood
ParTee / $27 Group
Chicago District Golf Association
Covenant United Church of Christ
Fairway Network
Ebony Ladies Golf League
Women’s Jackson Park Golf Club
Chicago Women’s Golf Club
Ladies on the Green

Non-Competitive League/Club
Team Dillard
Team Generals
Team White
Team OPC
Team Women
Team GolfFathers
Team Pioneers
Team Men

Showed up and SHOWED out…
Low Gross (M): Mark White 75
Low Gross W: Susan Leitao 79
Longest Drive (M): Corey Rowe
Longest Drive (W): Raquel Akridge
Closest to the Pin (M): Andrew Lanum
Closest to the Pin (W): Polly Flinn

Participants walked away with some amazing prizes, which included, Bulls tickets, Northwestern football tickets, Planet Fitness memberships, Tour Edge hybrid, TaylorMade driver, golf travel bag, golf grill irons, apparel, and golfing at: Kemper Lakes, Cantigny, Jackson!!!


4th Annual JPGA 2021 Invitational

The climate for late summer, early autumn, was extremely pleasant for Chicago with clear skies and a cool lake breeze upon arrival at Jackson Park Sunday morning, 9/19/21! The 78 golfers playing in the 4th Annual Jackson Park Golf Association Invitational patiently waited for the shotgun start to begin their round and claim the crown of “Chicago’s Best!”

In the field, many of Chicago’s leagues and clubs were represented by the 78 participants comprising 20 different organizations. The organization list for 2021 consisted of new and returning competitors:

Returning Competitors

Women’s Jackson Park Golf Association

Chicago Women’s Golf Club

Ebony Ladies Golf League

Ladies on the Green

$27 Group (2019 & 2020 winner)

Chicago District Golf Association



Two Seaters

St. Mark Golf Club

COAL (Coalition of African American Leaders)

Legends Leaving Legacies (Cliff Levingston)

New Competitors

We Play2

Project Brotherhood

Obama Foundation

Hackers Unlimited, Ltd.

Covenant United Church of Christ

Texas Southern University Chicago Chapter Alumni

Tee Birds

Hipe Media (Roger Steele)


Many thanks to Project Brotherhood for donating the coveted JPGA crystal trophies and sponsoring a foursome.

It was wonderful to have former Chicago Bull, Cliff Levingston, return and receive the honor of “Honorary JPGA Board Member” from Board of Directors member, Bonnie DeShong. Not only was he surprised by the gesture, but he was also very thankful.

Thank you to Mark Lowry for providing a historical perspective of JPGA’s origins in the early 1990s, which instituted significant upgrades to the golf course. Chicago Park District (CPD) representative, Alonzo Williams, supported the remarks noting CPDs continued support of JPGA’s efforts and the Park District’s continued efforts to make sure the course is playable, affordable, and accessible.

Thank you to Michael Strautmanis of the Obama Foundation for participating and supporting the efforts to renovate Jackson Park Golf Course and revitalize Chicago’s South Side.

Roger Steele not only played, but he also sponsored some of his Trap Golf products for the raffle.

Thank you to Phat Katz Catering, Inc. ( for the personalized and reusable lunch bags! The sandwich choices varied to meet the needs and palates of all golfers! And Give Me Some Sugah located at 2234 E. 71st St provided scones and muffins that melted in your mouth!

Thank you to the volunteers that helped with the registration process and collecting money for the hole-in-one challenges! Although there were no winners for the BMW 4 Series (hole 13), Hawaii trip (hole 8), Las Vegas trip (hole 12), or Srixon irons (hole 6).


Men                                                    Shadows

Women                                               Ladies on the Green

Contest winners:

Men’s Closest to the Pin                   Marquis Miller                       Hole #12

Men’s Longest Drive                          Joel Brown                             Hole #14

Women’s Closest to the Pin             Gabrielle Lott-Rogers             Hole #8

Women’s Longest Drive                    Sidney Dillard                         Hole #15

Additionally, there were teams of individuals competing for a prize as well. The winning non-league/club for 2021 was “Team Dillard” led by the parents of Mulbe Dillard, IV, recipient of a JPGA 2021 Sponsorship for turning pro this year. The team consisted of Mulbe Dillard, III, Sidney Dillard, Marquis Miller, and Mark White.

Roger Steele 72
Gabrielle Lott-Rogers 82*
* scorecard playoff winner (hole 14), tied with Lynn Grant


See you in 2022 for the 5th Annual JPGA Invitational!


Glorious day for golf…

On Saturday, September 19, 2020, the Jackson Park Golf Course and Jackson Park Golf Association hosted 15 of Chicago’s finest Leagues and Clubs for the annual showdown of determination and grit to crown CHICAGO’S BEST LEAGUE / CLUB 2020! 

The morning began with cool lakefront breezes, not a cloud in the sky, and warmed to ideal weather for golf! Golfers arrived early to warm-up at the range, practice putting, meet and greet teammates and competitors.  Everyone eagerly awaited the 9:00 AM shotgun start. 

Gifts included a JPGA washable mask, golf key chain with inspirational message, Luster product for men, glove from sponsor Wilson, and individual hand sanitizer bottles supplied by Chicago District Golf Association. 

Boxed lunches were catered by Bon Manger Catering, LLC and owner Andrea Dillon scored big points once again serving our guests with delicious and nutritious fare!

The raffle table overflowed with items to satisfy both men and women and included golf clubs, caps, and gloves from Wilson; gift basket from The First Tee of Greater Chicago; jewelry; handbags; golf lesson certificates; and so much more!

Each par 3 had a Hole-In-One challenge featuring the following:

    Hole 6:  Srixon Iron set

    Hole 8:  $1000

                   $25 gift card from pro shop

                   Trip for 2 to Hawaii 

    Hole 13: X3 BMW

    Hole 12: Trip for 2 to Las Vegas

Contest winners:

Longest Drive Men: DENNIS REED (CDGA)

Longest Drive Women: ROBIN SHOFFNER (FN)

Closest to the Pin Men: BRIAN HOGAN (CPGA)

Closest to the Pin Women: GABRIELLE LOTT-ROGERS (WJPGC) 


MEN                                   27 DOLLAR GROUP

WOMEN                              FAIRWAY NETWORK (three-peat!!!)

LOW GROSS MEN               BRIAN HOGAN (Chicago Parks Golf Alliance) – 73

LOW GROSS WOMEN         ROBIN SHOFFNER (Fairway Network) – 87

Many thanks to Foreign Car Hospital for sponsoring our coveted crystal trophies this year.


1      27 DOLLAR GROUP                                          83*

2     LATIN ROMANS                                                  83

3     CHICAGO PARKS GOLF ALLIANCE                     86

T4   THE BOSSES                                                       88



5     CHICAGO DISTRICT GOLF ASSOC                      91

6     SHADOWS                                                           92

7     FAIRWAY NETWORK                                           93

T8   EBONY LADIES GOLF LEAGUE                           97


9     ST. MARK’S GOLF CLUB                                     101


T11   LADIES ON THE GREEN                                   107



* Scorecard playoff



Anthony Williams


Diane Meades


Thank You for Supporting Our Scholarship Efforts for Junior Golf!


Celebrating African American Golf Pioneers and Charting a More Diverse Future

DuSable Museum for African American History

Illinois Black Legislator’s Auditorium

740 E. 56th Place

Chicago, IL 60637

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

For additional information call 773-358-1315 or email

Panelists are relatives, historians, and strong advocates for minority inclusion in golf.

  • Peggy Rhodes-White and Tiffany White: Daughter and Granddaughter, respectively, of golf pioneer, Ted Rhodes 
  • Andre Stephens, Sr.: Great Grandson of Walter Speedy, known as the “Father of African American golf in Chicago”
  • Dr. Michael Cooper: historian advocating for diversity and inclusion in golf for over 30 years
  • Ron Skubisz: PGA Professional and General Manager of Pottawatomie Golf Club in St. Charles, Illinois


JPGA Golf Exhibit

Opens at 6 PM

Documentary screening

6:00-6:45 PM

Panel Discussion

7:00-8:30 PM


Celebrating African American Golf Pioneers and Charting a More Diverse Future

DuSable Museum for African American History

Illinois Black Legislator’s Auditorium

740 E. 56th Place

Chicago, IL 60637

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

For additional information call 773-358-1315 or email

Panelists are relatives, historians, and strong advocates for minority inclusion in golf.

  • Peggy Rhodes-White and Tiffany White: Daughter and Granddaughter, respectively, of golf pioneer, Ted Rhodes 
  • Andre Stephens, Sr.: Great Grandson of Walter Speedy, known as the “Father of African American golf in Chicago”
  • Dr. Michael Cooper: historian advocating for diversity and inclusion in golf for over 30 years
  • Ron Skubisz: PGA Professional and General Manager of Pottawatomie Golf Club in St. Charles, Illinois


JPGA Golf Exhibit

Opens at 6 PM

Documentary screening

6:00-6:45 PM

Panel Discussion

7:00-8:30 PM

JPGA African American Golf Exhibit

On display will be golf artifacts shared by individuals and members of Chicago’s golf leagues and clubs!  

Uneven Fairways: The Story of the Negro Leagues of Golf

Screening of the 2009 documentary of the history of African-American golfers is based on the books: Uneven Fairways by Pete McDaniel, and Forbidden Fairways, by Dr. Calvin Sinnette, and directed by Dan Levinson.



Torrential rains the day before didn’t stop our friends and supporters from showing up on 9/28/19 to fellowship! We had raffles, prizes, and lots of food from our caterer, Andrea Dillon of Bon Manger Catering.


The sky may have been blue without a cloud, but Chicago lived up to its namesake as the “Windy City”! It was a brisk 49 degrees Fahrenheit, but golfers braved the climate to crown the 2019 winners.

St. Mark Golf Club 2019 Men's Champion

JPGA Board Member, Pat awarding Anthony Williams the coveted trophy as he single-handedly won it for St. Mark! Kudos!

Repeat Champs - The Fairway Network

Diane receives the trophy on their behalf. Low gross medalist Robin Shoffner will have a beautiful trophy for her display and bragging rights!

MEET, GREET, & EAT - 9/28/2019



The Jackson Park Golf Association extends our sincerest gratitude to the 19 Sponsors for our 2019 Golf Invitational! 

Your donations and contributions gave our guests fond and life-long memories at both the Meet, Greet, and & Eat and the 2nd Annual Invitational.

God Willing we will return next year! 


Congratulations gentlemen on your accomplishments…

Jackson Park Golf Association (JPGA) and Chicago Parks Golf Alliance (CPGA) honored south side youth Tim Arrington and Abdel Raoul who were awarded full scholarships for their golfing and caddie skills, Monday, April 29, 2019, at the Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Tim Arrington, a senior at Kenwood High School, is a recipient of the Western Golf Association’s (WGA) coveted Evans Scholarship and will be attending Marquette University. The Evans Scholarship is a 4-year full tuition and housing scholarship, awarded by the Western Golf Association based upon criteria of work record as a caddie, financial need, academics and personal character. Tim is notably the first student to earn an Evans Scholarship working at Jackson Park since 1993. “The Evans Scholarship will fulfill my dreams of a college education, and advance desires to serve others through a career in the medical field, “stated Arrington. “Thanks to the Western golf Association, and all the Jackson Park golfers who encouraged me as a caddie, as well as in the classroom and community. there is no greater feeling than seeing my mother overjoyed with my success. I’m proud this scholarship eliminates the stress of tuition she wouldn’t be able to afford.”

Abdel Raoul, a senior at Mount Carmel High School, is the recipient of an Academic Scholarship as well as a Golf Scholarship to play as a NCAA Division 1 Golfer at Prairie View A&M University, where he’ll major in Mechanical Engineering. Abdel’s phenomenal golfing talents garnered him an opportunity to represent the First tee of Greater Chicago at the 2017 Pure Insurance Impacting the First Tee Golf Tournament in Pebble Beach. “Having the opportunity to represent Chicago in that great tournament was amazing!” declared Raoul. “The golfing opportunities, hard work, and courses I have played, along with the sacrifices from my parents, helped get me to where I am today. I am absolutely blessed to be recognized by Coach Jennings (Prairie View A&M Coach) as a golfer and student that can make a positive impact on his team.”


JPGA and CPGA members are extremely proud of these young men’s accomplishments. Not only are their caddie and golfing skills exemplary but their academics as well.

Several representatives of leagues/clubs as well as community leaders, family, friends, and of course golfers, joined us to celebrate the accomplishments of these extraordinary young men. They represent the best of what our community has to offer the City of Chicago and the nation.



"A great event! You must do this every year!" - Marcus Murray (The Shadows)

The inaugural invitational of the Jackson Park Golf Association was a huge success according to the greater than 100 golfers playing the historic Jackson Park Golf Course. There were 14 men and women leagues/clubs from all over the Chicago area that enjoyed not only clement weather but also delicious food and camaraderie among old and new friends!

Men Leagues/Clubs represented:

Chicago Park District 

Coalition of African American Leaders


Jackson Park Men

St. Mark Golf Club

South Shore Men’s League 

South Shore Regulars

The Shadows


Women Leagues/Clubs represented:

Chicago Women’s Golf Club

Ebony Ladies Golf League

Ladies on the Green

The Fairway Network

Women’s Jackson Park Golf Club (WJPGC)

The Chicago Park District sponsored the greens fees; the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance ( sponsored the delicious food prepared by Andrea Dillon, owner of Bon Manger Catering; Mr. Robert Curry of the Divots Golf Club sponsored 20 golf carts; and Rev. Dr. Leon Finney sponsored the beautiful crystal trophies given to the Men and Women League/Club Champions.

We were honored to have among our guests, Andre and Terri Stephens, Sr., the Great-Grandson of Walter and Nettie George Speedy; Peggy Rhodes-White and Tiffany White, the daughter and granddaughter, respectively, of golfing great and pioneer, Ted Rhodes.

Also present, was RBS Drone Technologies, Inc. ( that photographed stills and video of golfers around the course.

Mr. Henry Taylor displayed amazing still photos of golf pioneers and historical facts about golf. For example, the inventor of the golf tee, Dr. George Grant, the first African American winner of a LPGA tournament, pictures of golf pioneers, and much more. Awesome history that must be shared!

Mr. Larry McCune of Cato Embroidery displayed his beautiful embroidered clothes and sponsored two gift certificates for the raffle drawing. Additional raffle items were a gift certificate for car service at Foreign Car Hospital, golf lessons from Coach Craig Bowen, golf bags, cash, apparel, and more! One of the highlights of the raffle drawings was the 50/50 drawing which collected $480 and paid $240 to Nicole Willis of The Fairway Network. 

Contests winners battled it out for winning honors and in the closest to the pin for men the winning difference was less than one inch!

HOLE #6   


         Paul Beene, South Shore Men


         Diane Meades, The Fairway Network


  HOLE #13


         Nelson Garrett, South Shore


         Dianne Mister, Ebony Ladies Golf League 

The longest drive winners swung easy to keep it not only long, but also in the fairway!

HOLE #14 


         Nicole Willis, Ladies on the Green

  HOLE #15 


         Anthony J. Williams, St. Mark Golf Club

The pairings matched organizations and individuals pitting one against the other and yielded the best scores of dynamic duos:


          Phil Smith (South Shore Men)/ Jeff Wilson   62


          Nichole O’Conner (The Fairway Network)/ Linda Thomas (WJPGC)  76

Not only did adults have a great time, but so did our junior golfers, Donovan, Mathis, and Abdel. Donovan and Mathis attend Kenwood Academy and Abdel attends Mount Carmel. Donovan and Mathis were stationed on holes 12 and 8, respectively, challenging themselves to hit-the-green more times than the adults and earn tickets every time their ball was on the green. Called the “Junior Mulligan” Contest, prizes were awarded for first and second place based on the number of tickets collected. Donovan collected 14 and Mathis 10!

This is Mathis’ first year playing golf after he started the caddy program at Jackson Park in 2017! Donovan advanced to the Championship for CPS! Great job gentlemen, keep pushing and striving!

Abdel was stationed on hole 6 allowing his score to help golfers that needed a boost in lowering their score. Abdel is first bag at Mount Carmel and has played Varsity since his freshman year. 

In the end, the league/club with the lowest gross score:






Congratulations to both organizations for earning bragging rights for one year (unless of course, they repeat)! 

JPGA Inaugural Invitational


Saturday, August 11, 2018 come out to celebrate the 89th Annual Parade celebration! 

Come out and meet the Chicago Park District winners:

  • 114th City Amateur Women’s: Miss Erica Jackson, North Carolina A & T University
  • 46th Junior Amateur Champions:
    • Boy’s: Abdel Raoul, Senior, Mount Carmel HS
    • Girl’s: Raquel Simpson, Junior, Walter Payton Preparatory HS

Jackson Park Golf Association will march along with its members and junior golfers! 

Bud Billiken Parade 2018

JPGA/CPGA April 2017 Town Hall Event

Jackson Park Golf Association and Chicago Parks Golf Alliance (CPGA) hosted a Town Hall on April 10, 2017 to discuss the Jackson Park and South Shore Golf Course Restoration Project. 

In attendance were golf leagues and clubs that play the courses and community residents. 

Mark Rolfing, NBC Golf Channel Analyst and President/Founder of CPGA, led the discussion to answer the many questions posed by the leagues and clubs that will be directly impacted by the project.

Jackson Park & South Shore Golf Courses

The century-old golf courses have a rich history in Chicago’s south side and the restoration of the two embodies “A Bold Vision Built on a Proud Past.”

JPGA Symposium 2017

Jackson Park Golf Association in conjunction with CPGA hosted a symposium November 6, 2017 to discuss the history and underrepresentation of African Americans in the billion dollar golf industry.

Theme: Honor the Past, Mold the Present, and Realize a Strong Future for African American Golf

Panelists: Pete McDaniel, Craig Bowen, Miljan Akin, Harry Gilliam, and Mark Rolfing