Former IJGA Executive Director John Barney passes away at age 90


Today, the Illinois Junior Golf Association is the preeminent organization for the advancement of junior golf in the state. The IJGA’s growth from a fledgling organization to what it is today can be attributed to the 23 years of dedicated service and leadership by John and Jean Barney. Since their involvement with the IJGA began in 1969, the Barneys devoted countless hours to the administration of the IJGA tournament schedule. John Barney became the IJGA president in 1987 and later was named the Association’s first executive director in 1991. The Barneys are recognized as the driving force that built the foundation of the IJGA, and their impact will be felt for many years to come.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to: The Illinois Junior Golf Association, Attention: Jordan Abdel-Haq, 11855 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL 60439. Funds received will be directed to support tournaments for junior elite golfers, 10-15 years of age, to be selected by the IJGA at John Barney Junior Elite Events.

Read the Obituary here.

Read about John Barney’s induction into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame here.


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