History of Area 2 Tournament of Champions
Circa 1962 or 1963 the Youth Activities Committee of Pennsylvania sponsored
a junior golf tournament. Every year since then with the exception of one year
(yet to be remembered) there has been a junior tournament in
In 1976 Meyersdale Lodge No 1951 requested to have the tournament at Seven Springs and the bid was accepted. The golf tournament was for boys and girls within the ages of 15 – 18. In 1978 Ben Ortman, State Youth Activities Chairman, requested that the tournament include a girls junior tennis tournament since it was difficult to have girls participate in golf. He asked the committee for a three-year commitment for tennis at Seven Springs in order to ensure a solid base for future tournaments and it was granted. *
In 1978 when Meyersdale hosted, with the addition of tennis, there were winners in both junior and senior divisions of both boys and girls. In 1980 some major changes had occurred. The golf and tennis portion was now divided into both boy and girl, junior and senior divisions, and a decision to add bowling was instituted. Since 1982 this tournament has been held at Seven Springs and with PGER Homer Huhn, traversing the various states under his jurisdiction, he talked about Elkdom and the various programs that were sponsored by the Pennsylvania Elks State Association and in particular the golf, tennis and bowling programs and interest was created in New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, D.C. and West Virginia to join with Pennsylvania in conducting a regional tournament with all the states under Homer’s sponsorship participating.
In the spring of 1984 representatives from the above associations met at
The Steering Committee members met three times a year to discuss and review
the previous tournament and set ground rules and regulations for the upcoming
tournament. The Steering Committee consisted of; PGER Homer Huhn and PSP Ben
Ortman of Pennsylvania, PGER Lester C. (Ted) Hess and PSP Oral Sisson of West
Virginia, E. Robert Bowlus, SDGER, and Henry Dembo of
MD-DE-DC, and PGER Kenneth Cantoli, PSP Earl T. Cornelius and Leonard Leider,
Youth Activities Chairman of New Jersey.
Since the deaths of several original Steering Committee members, the bylaws of the tournament have been changed to reflect equal voting rights of its members to three members from each state association with only two members eligible to cast votes.
After the Grand Lodge Session of 2004, Area II was realigned to consist of
the states of
* Portions of this history were used from “The Pennsylvania Elk” dated December 1986.