Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association

Salutes Esteemed Honoree

PGA Professional Ben Curtis
for his major win - 132nd British Open
his tournament wins and endeavors

Ben Curtis    Believes in his game - Believes in himself.

Ben Curtis

Believes in his game - Believes in himself.

We remember...

Ben Curtis participated in HOJGA tournament programs for five years, 1987-1991.

HOJGA has seen junior golfers excel in tournaments, winning HOJGA scholarships, winning High School, Regional, and State honors, State medalist honors, careers in the Golf Profession, and a major win by a PGA Tour Champion.


David J. Wensinger

David Jude Wensinger began playing golf at the age of 8 and by his fifteenth birthday had finished third in the Ohio State Junior Tournament. In 1978 he won the Ohio Insurance Youth Classic, winning a trip to Chicago to play with Fuzzy Zoeller, finishing 30th in a field of 200.

During his junior and senior high school years, David led his team to two state runner-up finishes. Winners of the Marion Country Club Championship in 1979 and 1981, David also captured the title in the Heart of Ohio Championship in 1980, finishing as runner-up in a playoff in 1981.

David was a simple and uncomplicated young man. A success with people that more than rivaled his success with golf, his greatest joy was his family and friends. He had no quarrel with life and he left with the same dignity as he lived…thinking of and helping others.

Dr. Jerome A. Wensinger, following his son's demise, aspired to begin a junior golf program to help give junior golfers a start toward college, hence the beginning of HOJGA in 1987.

The Family wishes to continue the commemoration of David through the David J. Wensinger Player of the Year Scholarship. HOJGA is very grateful for the honor to memorialize David through its scholarship program for youth.

Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association will soon begin its 32nd season teaching and serving area junior golfers in Central Ohio Counties of Crawford, Delaware, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Union, and Wyandot.

Begun in 1987, HOJGA was organized by a group of Marion County businessmen who recognized a need for a junior golf program. Through the years, the non-profit, all volunteer organization has continued to instill that the fundamental lessons of golf, which are mental and emotional skills, discipline, integrity, challenge, and competition, are lessons for a lifetime.

HOJGA offers youth ages 9-18 Clubs for Kids, Rules of Golf Seminar, Golf Camp, 7-Tournament Tour, Scholarships, other awards, and a Year-End Appreciation Banquet.

History has shown that juniors who have played in HOJGA have excelled in tournaments, won scholarships, high school, regional, and state honors, and chose careers in the golf profession.

HOJGA stands second to none in the ideas and goals of its program by teaching and giving young people opportunities in Marion and Central Ohio. HOJGA upholds the game of golf, its rules, and challenges that promote concentration, self-control, confidence, and integrity in our area youth.