On Aug. 22 at the Oakmont Country Club, the West Penn Minority Junior Golf Association Inc. held its Sixth Annual Golf Scholarship Academy Awards Gala. The event was complete with a red carpet entry, stretch limos and guests in gowns and tuxedos. It was amazing to see how far the young golfers have advanced as the WPMJGA uses golf as an instrument to educate.

LOOK OUT TIGER—Matthew Goodnight Jr., Zamar Ushery, Montae Nicholson II and Jack Webster.

Pride was evident as the parents and junior golfers received either a certificate or an award for a successful season on the greens. WPXI reporter, Timyka Artist was this year’s emcee and Dr. John Woodyear Jr., a founding board member of WPMJGA, was the keynote speaker.


“We have thinkers and doers. Golf is one activity where you can do both. What an amazing lesson we can learn from this,” said Woodyear. He also added that he is moved by the bumper sticker “I touched the future I teach,” and that there are numerous lessons to be learned while playing golf.

MAKING IT HAPPEN—Loretta Goodwin (event chair) and Rock Robinson (WPMJGA president and CEO).

Each participant was presented to the audience by coach Robert “Rock” Robinson, president/CEO of WPMJGA. Pop and funk artist J’NA entertained the crowd. Surprisingly, J’NA spent her high school years as a caddy at the Jackson Park Golf Course located on the South Side of Chicago.

These students are clearly excited by the game of golf. During their video presentation, each member of the junior Golf Association spoke about what they had learned this year on the links. The 2009 most valuable player, Sable Goodwin, thanked Coach Rock for creating a quality golf program and that each year she has learned something new. Goodwin also thanked coach Cal Womack, Jim Skipwith, Norm Brice and Jeff Allen. Jack Kerrigan, Murrysville Golf Course pro, spoke of how disciplined the students of WPMJGA are and what a pleasure it is to have them at the golf course.

GOLF IS THEIR GAME—Stormie Brice, Patty Jo Nickoloff and Caitlin Webster.

Sable Goodwin was named as the 2009 WPMJGA Most Valuable Player, Jonathan Murphy and Caitlin Webster took honors for 2009 Player of the Year, Aja Gasparovic and Kaille Gasparovic walked away with the 2009 Leadership of the Year awards. Samantha Graves and Zamar Ushery were most improved and sister and brother Lauren and Evan Baker were named as Rookies of the Year. A special award went to Quinn Johnson. Johnson is now a student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He says the lessons he learned while playing golf have been very instrumental in his success at school and in life.

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