COLUMBUS, Ohio — I felt it only appropriate to use the famous Tiger Woods introduction from 1996 to announce the launch of our new Ohiocentric golf website and magazine simply called Ohio Golf News (OGN). With the upcoming golf season just around the corner, we have decided to launch our site today (March 1, 2018.)
This is an idea five years in the making and I have worked diligently to assemble a staff that I feel will bring you the best statewide coverage of everything golf in the state of Ohio.
What can you expect?
The goal of the website and magazine is to deliver the hottest news in golf from the entire state on nearly every level of the game.
At the professional level, we will focus on both sections of the PGA in Ohio with NOPGA and SOPGA event results being posted weekly. This includes coverage of the Davey Tree Ohio Open in northeast Ohio. Tour coverage will feature stories on golfers that reside in Ohio, attended college in Ohio or who were born in Ohio. While we will cover tour results weekly, we will heavily focus on PGA, LPGA, PGA Champions and WEB.COM
events that are held within the state. The greatest events in golf will obviously be a huge focus. We will live tweet during The Memorial Tournament and Bridgestone Invitational this year and during golf’s majors, along with the Solheim and Ryder Cups.
OGN will be your one-stop site to follow collegiate golf in the state of Ohio. We will follow all levels of golf from Division I to junior college and even Club Level golf for Ohio’s colleges and universities. We will also devote coverage to events hosted by colleges within the state and conference championships within the state. This year, for instance, we will be reporting from the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship held for the second year in a row at the beautiful TPC of Riverbend in Maineville, Ohio. We will also follow Ohio golfers who are taking their games to schools outside of the state.
High school golf coverage is hard to find in the state, so OGN will look to fill that void. The majority of our coverage will focus on OHSAA State Tournament coverage at the sectional, district and state final levels. We will bring you features on outstanding high school golfers throughout the state and preview the upcoming season in early August. Each year we will name a top senior who we will honor as the OGN Ohio High School golfer of the year. We will also develop our own all-state selections that will differ from those determined solely from the individual finishes at the OHSAA state championships.
Summer golf coverage will keep our staff hopping. OGN will have coverage of all state championships conducted by the Ohio Golf Association. We will feature results coverage from all the state’s district golf associations and results from all five Golfweek and Golf Channel Amateur Tour’s located within Ohio.
Junior golf coverage will revolve around various organizations that hold these events statewide including the AJGA, NOPGA and SOPGA amongst others.
We will publish a bi-monthly magazine that will feature course information, previews of upcoming events, golfer profiles and special features focused on Ohio golf.
Down the road, we will offer our readers a bi-weekly e-newsletter that will have news not featured on the website or magazine. It will offer our advertisers a venue to attract Ohio golfers to their upcoming events.
In addition, OGN will have services offered to our audience such as tournament announcements and tournament organization if needed. Costs and services provided will be available on the website.
So who’s gonna do all this work?
I am John Stampe (Publisher) and I am a former golf writer for Ohio Golfer Magazine, This Week News and The Dublin Villager Newspapers, and Ohio’s Golf Magazine. I served as President of the Tournament Central Golf tour from 1985-2009. I played golf in the Columbus City League and at Otterbein College, I served as an apprentice in the SOPGA, and worked in golf sales at both Supreme Golf and Golfsmith in Columbus. I currently work at The Golf Club in New Albany, Ohio and previously worked at Kinsale Golf and Country Club, Thorn Apple Country Club, Champions of Columbus Golf Club and Bridgeview Golf Club.
T.R. Massey (Contributing Senior Editor), is the most experienced regional golf writer in Central Ohio. If you recognize his name it is because you read his stories for years in both Mid-Ohio Golfer Magazine and when he served as Editor for Golf Styles (Ohio) Magazine. It is an honor to have him join our team. He brings a lot of wit and objectivity to our staff.
Jason Morrow (Webmaster and Videographer) is a key member of OGN. He is co-owner of the highly successful 270 Hoops high school basketball website that has taken prep basketball coverage to a higher level in Columbus. Jason will be a key contact person for the website. He is a golfer and an avid sports fan in general. He most recently worked for Gamebreaker Magazine in Columbus and is still currently freelancing for Slam Magazine.
Our other owner/business manager is Scott Kesselmayer from Maumee, Ohio, who I am lucky to have as my stepfather. He is an avid golfer who still loves playing with old traditional persimmon woods. My buddies call him “Indiana Jones” because he is talented at so many things from designing houses, to engineering glass furnaces and piloting everything from a boat to a plane. His years in business made him an obvious choice to head our organization financially.
Photographers include two veterans of the associated press and freelancing. Jay LaPrete and William “Tommy” Elliott will both contribute as needed and be able to assist with special event photography when required. Both bring tons of experience in high speed sports photography. They have literally covered everything from NASCAR to PGA TOUR, along with numerous games covered at both The Ohio State University and for professional sports teams in Columbus.
Other key members of our freelance staff include local golfer Paul Martell who will heavily focus on coverage of Ohio golfers on tour and coverage of professional tour events. Martell, who currently works for The Golf Club in New Albany, has a son (Cooper) who is a member of the Pickerington Central varsity golf team. His knowledge of professional golf is thorough and he will always provide keen observations and opinions.
Lew Haimerl of Newark will be a humor columnist for our magazine. He has a tremendous knowledge of the history of golf and has a sense of humor second too none. He played OCC golf for Gahanna High School and served as vice president of the Tournament Central golf tour. Lew joins the staff of both The Golf Club in New Albany and here at OGN.
John “Rocky” Nelson will be a columnist for the magazine for OGN. He is our resident PGA professional and is currently the head coach of the Columbus State University golf team. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he played baseball. Rocky has participated in the USGA’s U.S. Open four times and has collected numerous awards. He is one of the greatest golfers to put his hands on a club in Columbus history. His column will be named “The World According to Rocky” and will display the thoughts of the most intellectual golfer I have ever met.
Jack Rubin is one of the finest young golf writers in central Ohio. He has recently completed a successful playing career at Ohio Dominican University and recently started his new website, cbusclubhouse.com that covers golf in the Columbus metro area. He will join our staff as our expert on high school and college golf statewide. He is an expert of teams, players and recruiting and hopes for a long-term career as an analyst in either basketball or golf. He will be attending graduate school in journalism at Ohio University.
Audrey Nelson is our resident LPGA professional and will be our expert on rules, instruction and many other areas of the game. She is currently working as a professional at Champions of Columbus and at the Westerville Golf Center. She has studied communications and web design in college and is also currently a high school golf coach at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio.
Tom Padgett of Granville will join our staff as a reviewer of many things. This former general manager of the Golfsmith store at Easton has grown up around the game while playing high school golf at Cincinnati LaSalle and working at a number of prestigious clubs in SW Ohio. PGA Tour player Jim Herman is among his best long-time golfing friends. Padgett will review books, movies, golf courses and equipment, while covering events and the PGA Tour as needed.
David Fuller of Columbus will be a great addition to our sales staff and is an expert on the game and it’s history. David has excelled in many areas of sales and could sell a City Ice Machine to Eskimos if necessary. He will also join the staff at The Golf Club in New Albany this summer. He has previously worked at Vallhalla Country Club and Kinsale Golf. He caddied at Scioto Country Club and played golf in the Columbus City League.
Special thanks need to go to:
I have a few mentors in this endeavor to thank personally. My first three go out to friends that have shared all kinds of knowledge with me about the golf website and magazine business. First is Ken MacLeod and Chris Swafford of Golfoklahoma.org which is the official magazine of the Oklahoma Golf Association. These two have fielded my questions with no hesitation for a few years now. MacLeod is a graduate of Westerville High School and The Ohio State University and is a highly decorated regional golf writer. Swafford serves as his webmaster and graphic designer. Ken’s knowledge of Ohio has helped and Chris handles all my questions on the tech side. They have given me a lot of best practices to follow along the way. I hope to return the favor to them soon. Also, Allen Freeman from NEOHGOLF in Cleveland has been a great mentor as well. He is a terrific golfer who studied at Bowling Green and runs his small business Cleveland Creative. He has taught me a lot and helped us launch our site. We will link to many NEOHGOLF stories and we hope that will help build his audience as well. I consider these publishers sites to be the best regional golf websites in the business.
I wanted to thank both Jeff Groezinger and Mike Hendrix who ran two golf publications I wrote for previously (Ohio Golfer Magazine and Ohio’s Golf.) The late WCMH news anchor Hugh DeMoss was also wasa publisher of my stuff during his Ohio Golfer run.
I want to thank my parents, Dr. David Stampe of Honolulu and Nancy Kesselmayer of Maumee for always supporting me in everything and in my golf. My mom is also our resident human resources specialist having three decades of experience as a human resources manager.
I want to give a shout out to my immediate family who I adore which include my stepfather Scott (mentioned above), my stepmother Patricia Donegan (Honolulu), along with my little sister Elizabeth Stampe, brother-in-law Marty Roberts and my nephew Aylen Stampe Roberts who all reside in San Francisco.
Kudos go to my generous best friends Steve Melvin (Westerville), John Kovach (Cincinnati) and Casey Kostecka (Atlanta). Casey is going to attend the British Open this year and cover the event for our publication. Luckily, it’s not on our dime.
I got a lot of former golf buddies from Golfsmith at the old Easton store and golf partners of the last 35 years that are like family to thank. You guys are the best thing about golf.
Two national golf media guys I need to mention our my friends, Mark Rolfing (NBC/Golf Channel) and Dave Shedloski (Golf World) who have helped me whenever I have asked. Mark is my role model and unofficial big brother. He is one of the smartest, coolest and most generous people in the game of golf. Dave is a local guy from Alexandria who has always been generous with his time and knowledge. He is a former president of the Golf Writers Association of America. He writes for a few publications and is among the best golf writers in the nation. I look forward to seeing these guys on the road and having them hopefully contribute to our publication.
To my audience, I hope you enjoy our work. We want to bring a new level of golf coverage to our great golf state of Ohio. We are rated the 5th best golf state in the nation and we need a publication and website that reflects our status.
Please enjoy our work and spread the word about our new website and please subscribe to our free magazine, newsletter and Youtube channel in the near future.