The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


June 13, 2014

A Don McCormack column: Some cool events will be at fore

Paying a visit to the variety store...

Added attraction

The annual Urban Meyer-Dean Hood Youth Football Camp, set for a few weeks down the line, will have an added attraction, this one for an older crowd.

ESPN 970 WFUN, along with Meyer, the head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, and Hood, head football coach of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, will also be hosting a charity golf tournament.

According to David Miller, operations manager of ESPN 970 WFUN’s parent company, Media One Group, the outing will be held Thursday, July 3 at Hemlock Springs Golf Club, located at 4654 Cork Cold Springs Road in Geneva.

The third annual youth football coach will be held the day before, July 2, at Spire Institute in Harpersfield Township.

The golf outing, which will be played in a four-person, scramble format, with a shotgun start kicking things off at 8 a.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit The Pack Back Program, a concept that benefits underprivileged children by providing them food.

Golfers will receive 18 holes of golf with a cart, pictures with Meyer and Hood, graduates of St. John and Harbor high schools, respectively, a steak dinner, drinks and much more.

A prize will be available on every hole and all players will have an opportunity for Meyer and Hood — who were gridiron standouts during their scholastic days — on a hole.

Cost is $110 per golfer and, you can bet, this will be one hot ticket, so potential players are encouraged to throw their hat into the ring at their earliest possible opportunity.

Full-team signups are not being taken at

For more information, contact Miller at 993-2126, extension 108.

A tradition

While we’re on the subject of golf, one of the longest-running events will celebrate its 28th birthday a few weeks after the Meyer-Hood charity event.

The 28th annual Ed Armstrong Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 26 at Hickory Grove Golf Course in Jefferson.

All proceeds from the event go to the Ed Armstrong Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded to one boy and one girl student-athlete every year in the form of $1,000 each.

Cost for the tournament is $60 per person and it includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, BBQ and beverage at the turn and a steak dinner after the round of golf is completed.

Signups and registration will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. the day of the event, with a shotgun start slated for 10.

To reserve a foursome, contact Hickory Grove at 576-3776.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at

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