Our History

billnicklasThe Bill Nicklas Memorial Junior Golf Foundation serves to honor the memory of one of the greatest junior golf supporters in Edmond Junior Golf history, Mr. Bill Nicklas.

Nicklas, who passed away on March 30, 1992, was always willing to lend a helping hand to a junior golfer. He was there to offer advice, encouragement, a ride home, or whatever was needed. His love and dedication to Edmond's young golfers will long be remembered.

Since it was founded, the Foundation has sponsored the Bill Nicklas Memorial and the Edmond Fall Classic golf tournaments which are annually played at KickingBird Golf Club – the course where Bill worked and spent most of his time with the Edmond golfers.

Each spring, several graduating seniors go to college with the help of a Bill Nicklas Memorial Scholarship. The foundation also sponsors The Bill Nicklas Putt Off in which local golfers travel to nearby “senior citizens” facilities and conduct free putting clinics and then participate in putting contests with the residents of the home – which often concludes with singing Christmas carols with the residents as they are often conducted during the holiday season.

The Foundation has also conducted free rules and etiquette classes for youngsters, not to mention providing free clubs, balls, shoes and other equipment. In addition, it also provides the annual Appreciation Banquet for all Edmond golfers who play on Middle School and High School Golf Teams.

With the founding of the "EDMOND JUNIOR GOLF HALL OF FAME" the Bill Nicklas Junior Golf Foundation continues its support of the Junior Golf Community in Edmond.