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Online Membership Registration & Event Entries

Last year we started to accept online event entries and it was very successful and well used. In 2010, over 80% of the event entries came through the online service. This year we added online membership registration. Prior members can process their membership online and receive their membership material through the mail. Processing fees will be applied to all online transaction, due to the additional costs to the tour for using credit card processing and US mail services. New members can use the online registration, but must attend new member orientation to compete membership.

The mail-in entry process is still an option as well.  Here are the details:

Mail-In Entry Form – A mail-in entry form for all regular and championship events is posted as a PDF file and can be downloaded from any of the Event Information pages on the tour’s website.  Click on Events, then one of the Tournaments to see the PDF entry form.  One form includes all tournaments.

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Prayers for Mr. Dawson

For almost 20 years, Mr. Dawson has been the Executive Director of the North Coast Junior Golf Tour.  Over those years he has been one of the most recognized figures in junior golf throughout Northeast Ohio.  He has handled more player registrations, more tournament entries and posted more tournament scores than any person every involved in Ohio junior golf.  Therefore at the conclusion of our 2006 season, we proclaimed Mr. Dawson  “Mr. Junior Golf” of Greater Cleveland.  It has been a well deserving title for a man that has given so much to the thousands of junior golfers he has served. 

In the spring of 2010, he experienced some health issues that forced him to reduce his role with the tour.  Even though he has slowed down a bit his heart and spirit are always with the junior golfers that play on the tour.   This spring Mr. Dawson had more bad news and he is scheduled for colon surgery on April 19th.  I know many of you share a fondness for him and we wanted to share this news with his Junior Tour family.  We hope you will keep him in your prayers as he recovers.  If you want to send him a card, please send it to:

Mr. Dawson

11336 Pelican Cove

Concord, OH 44077

Thoughtfully yours,

Mr. Milam

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2011 NCJT – New Member Orientation

All new members must attend one of the new member orientations to complete membership registration.  There is no sign-up to attend, just show up.  The orientation room will be in the old member dining area at Quail Hollow Resort.  What to bring: completed membership card, proof of age and proof of medical insurance. 

The orientation is designed to be a very valuable tool for all golfers at any level. The Rules of Golf and the Spirit of the Game are important aspects of the tour and are covered well in the workshop portion of the orientation. Orientation is also open to exiting members. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

New Member Orientation Dates:

Saturday, April 30 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Saturday, May 14 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Thursday, June 2 – 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Quail Hollow Resort

11080 Concord-Hambden Road

Concord, OH 44077

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Member Packets will ship on May 2nd!

Member packets for 2011 members that registered by mail or online in April will be shipped on May 2nd.  After that they will ship in a timely manner as registrations are received.  The packet will include the follow:  Official NCJT Bag Tag, the NCJT Rules Card, USGA Rules of Golf booklet, and some 20th anniversary favors custom designed for the tour.  This year, tournament entry forms can be printed directly from the event info page on our website.  Even though most entries are received through our online system, we still want to continue to offer the mail-in option.

We look forward to seeing everyone on tour soon!

Mr. Milam

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Teeing It Up

The experiences of rushing the field at the conclusion of a rivalry football game or finishing an and-1 layup to bring my team within two points have certainly been highlights of my seven and a half semesters of being involved in high school athletics.  And while tallying the offensive rebounds and tracking shots-on-goal have allowed me to enhance my knowledge of the games of basketball and soccer respectively, one other experience has really been a dream come true.

It was the day of a lake effect snowstorm in Chardon, Ohio, and I watched the snowflakes melt one after another on my window of Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School bus number three.  “I like this whole newspaper thing, but no one ever reads it; no one finds it interesting,” I thought.  I wanted to use the sports section to teach my classmates lessons bigger and more important than the usual focus on the strategies needed to win our next game.   In order for this to hit home, however, I knew that it had to come from a voice stronger than my own. “What if I got Brady Quinn to conduct an interview for me, and I wrote about it in the school paper?  Or what if I got interviews with University of Notre Dame football players?”  The song One Step at a Time by Jordan Sparks had just finished playing on my iPod, and the bus had just reached Auburn Career Center where I would be picked up.

“Mom, I have an idea!” I exclaimed.  “I am going to try and interview Brady Quinn and different Notre Dame Football players for articles in the school newspaper!”

My mom loved the idea but recognized the difficulty in contacting such athletes, especially during the middle of football season.  “You can try, but it might be hard.  I think it will be awesome if you get just one response.” 

Nearly 300 emails, letters, phone calls, and text messages later, I was arranging interviews with legendary coaches and star athletes from both the collegiate and professional levels.  University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Head Coach Pat Summitt agreed to conduct an interview, and would even gather interviews from various team members.  Denver Broncos Rookie Safety David Bruton texted me that he would love to — anything he could do to help.  Then-Cleveland Indians Infielder Jamey Carroll wanted to help, and then-Cleveland Indians Pitching Coach Carl Willis would arrange a call during their media tour prior to the 2009 season.  The Miami Heat Director of Public Relations left a voicemail saying, “Chris Quinn is willing to help you out with an article.”  Duke University Point Guard Greg Paulus responded with great interest despite being in the middle of basketball season.  The Northern State University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Don Meyer, the winningest NCAA coach, responded by saying he would be happy to help.  Baltimore Ravens Safety Tom Zbikowski would eventually call during media day prior to the Ravens’ playoff game against Tennessee.  Cleveland Indians Right-handed Pitcher Justin Masterson was excited to share advice with teens.  The list grew longer.

Once the nervousness of speaking with professional athletes passed, I would appreciate that this was a dream come true.  I was speaking one-on-one with people whom I admired from the upper deck, from the television.  After transcribing the interview, I would write an article featuring the unique role model who could now be viewed as not only a good athlete, but a great person as well.  Questions were answered about the individuals’ social, spiritual, personal, academic, and athletic lives.  Athletes and coaches discussed their own personal experiences in high school and college, and they gave advice regarding their mistakes and successes.  The coaches and athletes provided me with exactly what I was looking for.

I was amazed by the responses these articles stirred.  My peers were moved by the advice their idols had professed to them.  The true simplicity of the players’ and coaches’ messages echoed around the school hallways for weeks following distribution of each month’s newspaper.  Students would comment, “That’s awesome that he prays like that before his games.”  Another would add, “Now I don’t feel so different for not drinking.”

Although I never received an interview with Brady Quinn, I received more than I could have ever imagined.  I gained experience in the real world.  I discovered a hidden talent that might one day lead me to a career in sports journalism.  Each experience has built upon the next, eventually leading me to the opportunity of blogging for the North Coast Junior Tour website.

It is my hope that I will showcase the many hearts, minds, and talents that make up the North Coast Junior Tour.  And throughout the North Coast Junior Tour season, I hope to meet many of the golfers as well as learn more about the game of golf that so many people love.

Finally, any blog suggestions from North Coast Junior Tour followers are appreciated.  Please feel free to contact me by phone at (440) 223-7142 or by email at meg@ncjt.org.

Good luck this upcoming season!

Megan Golden

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More Tour News for 2010

NDCL State Champions 2009

Tour News will be a new feature at NCJT.ORG this year.  Stories about players, events and tour information will be shared through our brand new tour blog.  We look forward to an exciting year on the tour and hope you enjoy our news!

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