Reviving a Part of Dayton’s History

Reviving a Part of Dayton’s History
This article was published on May

By Susan Gnann

A grateful Wish Family, the Shawens, has been working to bring back the popularity of the George Klockson Memorial Golf Tournament. The family still places their wish trip to Olympic National Park at the top of their list of favorites. Not knowing who helped fund this trip was very humbling for them. It has been the impetus for their work to revive the George Klockson Memorial Golf Tournament and “raise some money”, as Gregg puts it.

Once a large, competitive city-wide event first held in 1955, the “Klockson” was a two-day tournament where Dayton’s best players competed. Held in memory of George Klockson who attracted national attention to Dayton by helping to bring the US Amateur Public Links Championship to Community Golf Course in 1924, this golf tournament has had a varied past, even having a few years where no one played.

“We don’t want to let go of Dayton’s history. We need to build up events likes this,” said Gregg Shawen, “It makes our community a better place to live.”

Gregg and his brother, Mike, remember playing in this tournament in its heyday in the 70’s. About four years ago, the Shawen brothers made it their personal goal to bring the tournament back to popularity and also give it a charitable aspect. Partnering with ASW was an obvious choice for the Shawens.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the George Klockson Memorial. As always, it is being held at Community Golf Course in Kettering. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, teams of two golfers will enjoy 18 holes of golf with an 8:00a.m. shot-gun start and best-ball team scoring based on half-handicap. Also part of the event are prizes for the winners, lunch for all participants and great raffle prizes, for only $130 per team. For more information regarding registration and sponsorships visit

In reviving a storied Dayton golf tournament, the Shawen family is also honoring their own Dayton, his revival and helping ASW to grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening disorders in the Dayton region.

Susan Gnann is the marketing and development manager for the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation.