Cincinnati golf teaching professional honored for impact on community
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Cincinnati Recreation Commission – operator of six beloved local and public golf courses – announces Ron Dumas, assistant professional at its Avon Fields Golf Course, will receive the NAACP Cincinnati Chapter’s President’s Award on Oct. 1 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
The President’s Award is the highest honor given at the local branch level that is chosen by the branch president to recognize an individual that has been a pillar of the organization for their individual sacrifice and overall impact.
Dumas is the current assistant teaching professional at Avon Fields and has been a PGA professional since 1998. Just prior to becoming certified by the PGA of America, Dumas founded the Reaching Out For Kids (ROFK) program in order to teach life lessons and help direct young lives in need. The program is free of charge for its participants and is held at Avon Fields Golf Course with 200 – 300 kids involved annually.
“Ron has been a driving force in growing the game of golf in Cincinnati and a recognition like this is well deserved,” says Rob Higby, Supervisor of Golf at CRC. “The amount of lives he has touched for over two decades cannot be understated and the lasting legacy he has built through teaching kids important life lessons will have an undeniable effect on the next generation of local golfers.”
Goals of the program include character education, highlighting the negative impacts of drugs and alcohol, life values and the importance of education and diversity. ROFK provides golf equipment, transportation, clothing, school supplies, food baskets and tutoring. There will be scholarship opportunities for each student in the near future.
“Ron and the entire team at Avon Fields embody “Golf is for Everyone,” which is our mission at Indigo and Troon” says Nick Bednar, Vice President of Operations for Indigo Sports. “We could not be more proud of Ron’s accomplishments on and off the golf course and cannot wait to see where the ROFK program will go from here.”
Opening in 1924, Avon Fields Golf Course is the oldest CRC course designed by William Diddel. Diddel then added the nine-hole Woodland Golf Course in 1931 and another 18-hole layout, California Golf Course, in 1935. After a few more decades, Diddel decided to add two more 18-hole layouts: The Neumann Course in 1960 and the Reeves Golf Course in 1965.
Glenview Golf Course opened in 1975 under the watchful eye of Arthur Hills. Glenview is Cincinnati’s premier public championship layout, offering 27 beautiful holes with lush landscapes, panoramic views and demanding hazard features. Glenview was once ranked among Golf Digest’s Top 75 Public Courses in the U.S. and was site of the 1987 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.