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‘Tee It Up Ohio’ host part of event

Jimmy Hanlin to tape episode at golf scramble sponsored by Shoemaker ‘Paying It Forward’ Foundation,WIAACC

July 23, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor , The Herald-Star

The Pam Shoemaker "Paying It Forward" Foundation has united with the Women In Action Against Cancer Coalition to hold their second-annual golf classic and fundraiser on Saturday at Spring Hills Golf Course in East Springfield with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

And there will be a special guest on hand there.

It will be Richmond-area native and PGA pro Jimmy Hanlin, there in a show of support but also on hand to tape an episode of "Tee It Up Ohio," which he co-hosts along with Carling Coffing, LPGA professional golfer, who also will be there.

But first a little bit about the golf scramble and fundraiser.

The golf scramble cost is $240 for a four-person team with cash prizes to be awarded in addition to "tons of door prizes," according to the event organizers, who include Teresa Stoll, Sandy Gotschall and Judy Manfred, WIAACC president.

Golfers can sign up or call the golf course at (740) 543-3270.

The Shoemaker "Paying It Forward" fundraiser will follow at Twines Belleview in Steubenville at 4 p.m.with live entertainment, including Spinning Jenny, Nutshell, DJ. Ross Ivkovich, comedian Billy Robinson and friends, a cornhole tournament, Texas "hold em" tournament, a live auction and Chinese auction and a 50-50 drawing.

Auction items, hole sponsors or monetary donations are being accepted. For information, call Sandy at (740) 317-9241 or Teresa at (740) 317-9243.

All proceeds stay local, organizers said, and will benefit WIAACC; the Tony Teramana Cancer Center T.E.A.R. fund, an acronym for Trinity Emergency Assistance Fund which provides emergency funding for patients in need; Valley Hospice; and the Pamela Shoemaker Foundation.

Donations can be made payable to the Pam Shoemaker "Paying It Forward" Foundation and mailed c/o Huntington Bank, Hollywood Plaza Branch, 325 S. Hollywood Blvd., Steubenville OH 43952.

A Steubenville resident, Shoemaker passed away Feb. 10 at the age of 44 after a more than two-year battle with cancer, according to Gotschall, Shoemaker's sister, who said the foundation was established in the spring of 2011 to help with a number of expenses. Gotschall said her sister was a single mom who had to quit work during her illness and was touched by the generosity of others, so much so that she made known her wish to want to help others in a "Paying It Forward" spirit.

After Shoemaker's death, Gotschall said the foundation teamed up with WIAACC to hold the scramble and fundraiser.

Now, time for some insight on Richmond-area native Jimmy Hanlin.

He is a 1989 graduate of Edison South High School and the son of Gary and Jean Hanlin of the Richmond-East Springfield area. He pointed out that his brother is Jason Hanlin, an officer with the Steubenville Police Department, and his sister-in-law is Jane Hanlin, Jefferson County's prosecuting attorney.

A highly regarded PGA golf pro, Hanlin is the owner of Golf Digest five-star rated Little Mountain Country Club in Concord, Stone Water Golf Club in Highland Heights, Ohio, and Cumberland Trail Golf Club in Pataskala.

He is the host of the ESPN radio talk show "The Northern Ohio PGA Golf Show;" "The Golf Zone With Jimmy Hanlin," a live call-in show where he says it's not uncommon to field inquiries from Steubenville-area callers; and "The Swing Clinic with Jimmy Hanlin," which includes golf tips.

Hanlin has been with "Tee It Up Ohio," the Buckeye state's premier golf show that showcases courses and facilities around Ohio and elsewhere, since it launched in 2006. It is exclusive to SportsTime Ohio - the Cleveland Indians network - and on DirecTV and DISH.

"Tee It Up Ohio" involves 20 shows a year that are replayed on a regular basis.

He and co-host Coffing visit different golf courses to tape the 30-minute shows to give Ohio golfers a flavor for the venues available to them, the main goal being to showcase the facilities.

Hanlin said the local show will actually be taped on Friday, but he'll be on hand for the scramble Saturday, too. And both days, people are welcome to stop by.

"If people want to pop in, they're welcome to do so," Hanlin said, who noted that being a part of the tournament is an "opportunity to support something in my own town."

Being at Spring Hills Golf Course on state Route 43, East Springfield, will be like a return to his second home when he was growing up. That's where Hanlin first played golf and spent as much time as he could there playing and mastering the game.

Hanlin said his dad and Charlie Corder, course owner, were friends. Corder suggested to the elder Hanlin that he should let son Jimmy try it.

The rest is golf history for Hanlin, who guesses he was 7 when he first held a club in his hands.

"I practically lived there," said Hanlin, who jokes when he couldn't play at Spring Hills, the family backyard was transformed into a course with soup cans used for holes.

Hanlin spent time not only playing at Spring Hills, but later worked there, too.

"I grew up loving the game, and Charlie Corder treated me like another son," Hanlin said.

What appealed to him about golf?

"I think it was you against the golf course, the one-on-one type thing," said Hanlin. "I wanted to get better from the first time I picked up the golf club, and probably a lot of it is because of how comfortable they made me feel and treated me good," Hanlin said of Corder and his staff.

"I think I saw what Charlie did and really thought the way he was around people and his daily activities inspired me," he added of his own desire to make golf not just a hobby, but a career.

After graduating from high school, Hanlin studied at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., majoring in business administration and professional golf management. After graduating, he got an assistant pro job at Pinehurst Resort (N.C.) in 1993 and then played professionally on various pro tours for about four years.

Hanlin ultimately returned to Ohio, ending up in the Cleveland area after reconnecting with a fellow Valley resident, Danny Ackerman of Wheeling, his swing coach who was director of golf at Longaberger Golf Course in Newark at the time.

Hanlin served as general manager at Quail Hollow Resort in Cleveland, then was head golf professional at Little Mountain Country Club, a brand new golf course at the time which he today owns.

Hanlin is lead instructor in one of the region's fastest growing golf schools - Hanlin Golf Schools, StoneWater Golf Club in Highland Heights, Ohio, helping players improve all facets of their game.

According to his website, Hanlin was named Best Golf Professional in the region by Cleveland Magazine 2009, and in 2007, he was named Golf Professional of the Year by his peers in the Northern Ohio PGA. He also is head Men's and Women's Golf Coach at Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio.

Hanlin resides in Concord with his wife, Audrey, and sons Hogan and Palmer.

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