ILLINOIS JUNIOR GOLF DEVELOPER JOHN BARNEY DIES AT 90

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The Illinois Junior Golf Assocation has announced that, John Barney one of the builders of the IJGA has passed away at age 90.

Mr. Barney and his wife Jean were cornerstones in bringing the IJGA from a fledgling operation, to being a top level junior golf organization.

Mr. Barney passed away in Lake Zurich, late last week, surrounded by his family.

John Barney worked with the IGA for 23 years, and later became it’s President and Ex-Director.

John Barney IJGA

John Barney and his wife Jean, were inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame in 1997.

His obituary will be posted in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday (Tomorrow).

There is more information at the Illinois Junior Golf website IJGA.com.

There is no information yet on where donations can be sent, but it is expected that the IJGA would be on any list of places recommended by the Barney family.

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