A living tribute to a man who loved golf, young people, and especially the 5th tee at the Wheeling Park Golf Course. The late John Wilson lived in a house that was next to that tee, and for years, he manicured it and planted flowers there.
A group of students picked up that mission, with enthusiasm on Tuesday.
John Marshall High School has two reasons for taking on this project. They have a very strong agriculture program at the school and their golf team uses that golf course throughout the year.
So both the agriculture students and the golf team members hit the links Tuesday, with shovels instead of golf clubs.
“The Number Five tee here at Wheeling Park became kind of his project and he developed it into the kind of tee that you might see at a Masters Golf Tournament,” said David Gaudino, career counselor and golf coach at John Marshall High School.
“We were talking about, we were going to bring six or eight kids, and I ended up with closer to 15 because everybody wanted to come and lend a hand and enjoy the nice weather,” said agriculture teacher Nicole Shipman.
“I think it’s nice because Wheeling Park is nice enough to let us use their facilities for the golf season, so I think it’s good that we repay them and make the flower beds look nice,” said Ryan Campbell, of the JMHS golf team.
John Wilson died in 2013.
This is actually the second year that John Marshall students have been doing this.
Golfers expressed their gratitude as they came through and teed off from number five while the students were working.