(Fairborn, OH) – PGA REACH Southern Ohio is thrilled to announce that the Play Yellow Birdie Bash will be back in 2022! The event returns for the second year at Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club in Powell, OH on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. In its first year, the event raised nearly $250,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and PGA REACH Southern Ohio.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the Play Yellow Birdie Bash for the second time,” noted Southern Ohio PGA President Pat Bernot, PGA Director of Instruction at GOLFTEC – Easton. “This event truly brought the golf community together in Southern Ohio and we look forward to building on the success while planning for the future of the event.”

In partnership with Play Yellow and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, PGA REACH Southern Ohio is hosting the event to raise money for the local children’s hospitals in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.

Based on the incredibly successful 2021 event, PGA REACH Southern Ohio was able to make a significant difference in the Southern Ohio community. The organization launched a scholarship program in 2021 and has already grown that program with the recent announcement of two brand new annual scholarships in 2022. The organization also introduced a new grant program to support juniors on their quest to play the game.

Furthermore, the success of the Birdie Bash allowed the expansion of the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program from two to four chapters in 2021. Continued expansion of the PGA HOPE program in 2022 is planned to impact more veterans in our local communities and to provide them more outlets to play the game of golf.

The success of the program has expanded outside of Southern Ohio. In 2022, multiple PGA of America Sections across the country will adopt the Play Yellow Birdie Bash theme as they strive to fundraise for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

PGA REACH Southern Ohio supports three main pillars: Youth, Military and Inclusion. Through these pillars, the foundation hopes to grow the game of golf and help better the lives of everyone involved.  A portion of the money raised through this event will help support programming designed to enhance the lives of our military veterans, youth golfers and those that wouldn’t otherwise be introduced to the game of golf.

Corporate Partners

PGA REACH Southern Ohio is looking for corporate partners to help support the event. There are six opportunities to come on board as “Bash Partners” to help support the event. For more information about how you can partner with PGA REACH Southern Ohio, please contact Southern Ohio PGA Executive Director Patrick Salva (psalva@pgahq.com).

Team Roster

The following teams are playing in the 2022 Play Yellow Birdie Bash on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club.

Joe Falardeau, Scioto Country Club and Chris Yoder, Scioto Country Club

Jeff Olson, the Golf Club of Dublin and Krissy Austin, the Golf Club of Dublin

Chase Wilson, Columbus Country Club and Ryan Coll, Columbus Country Club

Dan Gage, Wedgewood Golf & CC and Brad Zeitner, PGA Life Member

Rob Karnes, NCR Country Club and Jeff Grant, NCR Country Club

John Elking, NCR Country Club and Gip Hoagland, NCR Country Club

Sam Arnold, Vineyard Golf Course and Brad Loomis, Miami View Golf Club

Chad Gilligan, Losantiville Country Club and Doug Wade, Sugar Valley Golf Club

Jimmy Logue, The CC of Muirfield and Jake Houston, Springfield Country Club

Ashley Thomas, GOLFTEC – Blue Ash and Mike Thomas, Vineyard Golf Course

Ryne Burnett, Kenwood Country Club and Shawn Costello, Kenwood Country Club

Andy Montgomery, Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club and Alex Brickley, Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club

Ben Bastel, Worthington Hills Country Club and Justin Van Heukelom, Worthington Hills Country Club

Barry Hinckley, Jefferson Golf & CC and Danny Sorgini, Blacklick Woods GC

Dave MacLaughlin, the Club at Little Turtle and Andy Oxender, the Club at Little Turtle

Chad Middaugh, Muirfield Village GC and Erik Carlson, Muirfield Village GC

Reed Black, Dayton Country Club and Dan Gates, Dayton Country Club

Bobby Sneed, Heritage Club (Hilliard) and Craigen Pappas, Heritage Club (Hilliard)

Kyle Sanders, Ivy Hills Country Club and Drew Muhich, The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills

About the Play Yellow Birdie Bash

The Birdie Bash will feature club professionals from all over Southern Ohio competing in a Doubles Golf (two-person scramble) format to raise money by making as many birdies as possible. Each team will be responsible for recruiting as many donors as they can, who will pledge to contribute money for each birdie the team makes throughout the day.  Each team will play 72 holes in total, providing ample opportunity for birdies and donations. This all-day event is intended to be a fun and laid-back experience for all who participate, with the added bonus of raising money for a great cause.

About Play Yellow for Children’s Hospitals

Led by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and in cooperation with the PGA TOUR, “Play Yellow for Children’s Hospitals” strives to bring the entire golf world together through charitable initiatives to help the 10 million kids treated at local children’s hospitals each year. For more information visit www.playyellow.org. For the latest news and updates on social media, follow Play Yellow on Twitter and Instagram at @PlayYellow4Kids and on Facebook at facebook.com/playyellow4kids.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion in unrestricted funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Dollars raised stay local and supports each hospital’s most urgent needs, whether that’s providing care to children without insurance, investing in research that discovers life-saving treatments and cures, training the next generation of doctors and nurses, or offering families comfort and peace of mind during the most trying moments of their lives. Changing the health of even one child or family creates a ripple effect felt by communities for years to come. When we change kid’s health, we change the future—for all of us. Learn more at www.ChildrensMiracleNetworkHospitals.org

About the Southern Ohio PGA

The Southern Ohio Section, PGA of America is an association of nearly 475 golf professionals whose mission is to promote the interest, participation and enjoyment in the game itself; establish and maintain professional standards of practice, and enhance the well-being of golf professionals. The Southern Ohio Section was founded in 1946. Find out more at www.thesouthernohiopga.com.

About PGA REACH Southern Ohio

Established in 2010, PGA REACH Southern Ohio, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the philanthropic arm of the Southern Ohio PGA Section, one of the 41 sections in the PGA of America. The Foundation is committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars – Youth, Military, and Diversity & Inclusion.