Congratulations to Ron Dumas, Assistant Golf Professional at Avon Fields Golf Course, on being inducted to the African American Golfers Hall of Fame!
One of 10 golfers selected from across the U.S. and Bahamas, Dumas was officially inducted during the African American Golfers Hall of Fame Awards Dinner in Palm Beach County, Fla., on May 27.
A retired Hamilton County employee, Dumas is the Founder and President of Reaching Out For Kids, a golf program that provides free lessons to Cincinnati youth ages 3 - 17 every Saturday and Sunday in June and July at Avon Fields. All golf equipment, instruction and lunch are provided. Many program alumni have gone on to receive college golf scholarships. 200 - 300 local kids participate each year.
Prior to expanding the program to Cincinnati, Dumas conducted free youth golf programs for juniors in Kingston, Jamaica for more than 20 years. As a result of his work there, many Jamaican golfers went on to play college golf in the U.S.
"When I started this program in Jamaica, I had no idea how big it would become," said Dumas. "But what I knew then and I know now is golf is an international sport begging for youth of all ages and races. Country and national origin are insignificant on the green."
Photography by Essie Knowles, AAGHOF.