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92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  This  Illinois  House  of  Representatives  has
 3    learned  with  the  greatest  sadness  of  the   passing   of
 4    sportsman,  businessman,  and community leader -- Joe Jemsek;
 5    and

 6        WHEREAS, Throughout  his  88  years,  Joe  Jemsek  became
 7    synonymous  with  the  notion  that great golf courses can be
 8    accessible to the average player; and

 9        WHEREAS, Joe Jemsek began his journey through  the  world
10    of  golf  at the age of 6 when he hitchhiked from his home in
11    Argo, Illinois to pester the Coghill  brothers  into  letting
12    him caddie at their new golf course in Lemont; and

13        WHEREAS, From caddy, Joe Jemsek went to parking attendant
14    to  cook  to  caddie master to assistant golf pro and, at age
15    17, to the pro tour; and

16        WHEREAS,  Joe  Jemsek  opted  to  own  and  operate  golf
17    courses, creating  and  grooming  the  fabled  Coghill  #4  -
18    Dubsdread  -  until  it  became  one of the most highly rated
19    courses in the nation and the home of the Western Open; and

20        WHEREAS, He also created the highly  rated  Pine  Meadows
21    Course in Lake County and St. Andrews in West Chicago; and

22        WHEREAS,  Regardless  of  his success or hectic schedule,
23    Joe Jemsek was never too busy to chat with patrons and always
24    had a tip or a quip for the junior golfers as  they  prepared
25    to play; and

26        WHEREAS,  Nearly  every  golf organization recognized the
27    heart, energy, and personal commitment Joe Jemsek brought  to
28    the  game  by  bestowing  honors including the inaugural Herb
29    Graffis Award from the National Golf  Association,  1991  PGA
30    golf  professional  of  the  year,  and  enshrinement  in the
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 1    Illinois Golf Hall of Fame; therefore be it

 4    we  extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Joe Jemsek
 5    and offer our gratitude to the  Jemsek  family  for  all  the
 6    courtesies  extended by the man regarded as the "Patriarch of
 7    Public Golf" to the people of Illinois over the decades;  and
 8    be it further

 9        RESOLVED,  That one day in the not too distant future the
10    powers of the golf  world  recognize  Joe  Jemsek's  profound
11    contributions  to  public  golf  by awarding the U.S. Open to
12    Dubsdread; and be it further

13        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
14    presented  to  the  family  of  Joe  Jemsek  with our sincere
15    condolences.

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