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Frank Jemsek

Inducted 2014

St Edward High School Class of 1959

Biography

Nominated as a friend of sports. Jemsek, taking over for his father Joe, now serves as the president of the family corporations that operate four golf courses: St. Andrews in West Chicago; Cog Hill, site of the Western Open; Pine Meadow in Mundelein and Summer Grove in Newton, GA. Jemsek, who attended St. Edward's High School for two years, graduating in 1959, gave Cog Hill to the Western Golf Association rent free in 1991 for the Western Open. It meant adding $150,000 per year to the Evans Scholars Foundation for caddies because that was the amount Butler National Golf Club was charging the WGA for rent for the tournament previously. Jemsek also donated land to the Chicago District Golf Association to build the Midwest Golf Complex and three-hole golf course for First Tee, a nationwide youth golf program. Twelve high schools use Jemsek courses as their home playing sites for matches and practices at no charge. Jemsek, who played golf and basketball at St. Edward, received the Distinguished Service Award of the Illinois Turfgrass Foundation, is an honorary member of the Illinois Section of the PGA and also received the Distinguished Service Award of CDGA.