LOUISVILLE, KY (September 14, 2021) – Five Kentuckians will be inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame as its 2021 induction class. Bobby Baldwin, PGA, Walter Cisco, Marty Donlon, Margaret Jones, and Jimmy Kirchdorfer have been selected for induction and will officially become members of the most prestigious club in Kentucky golf this autumn.
Bobby Baldwin, PGA is approaching a half-century as a PGA Professional after being elected to Membership in 1974. He began working at Winchester Country Club one year later and has served as the Head Golf Professional or Director of Golf ever since. He was the Kentucky PGA Section’s Golf Professional of the Year Award in 2011 thanks to his many contributions to the state’s golfers, especially its youth through the high number of lessons he has provided for children. His mentorship has been long regarded as one of his strongest traits, which is also seen in the paths his employees have taken. Many PGA Professionals and superintendents that have worked with Baldwin have become award-winning workers in their respective fields both in and outside of Kentucky.
“Needless to say, this is an incredible honor,” Baldwin said. “It’s so humbling. To think that those among you think that you’re deserving of this is entirely gratifying and means more than I could ever express. It will be an honor to be a part of this ceremony and experience it. There are a lot of amazing people on that wall in Golf House Kentucky and I really can’t believe I’ll be on it. All you can say is ‘wow.’”
Walter Cisco will be inducted posthumously after living from 1918-1972. He won the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur in 1940 at Ashland Country Club and once more in 1948 at Big Spring Country Club. In 1949, he reached the championship match of the Western Amateur at Bellerive Country Club just outside of St. Louis. He was edged out in that title match by Frank Stranahan, who was the top-ranked amateur in the world at the time of their match. When not playing himself, Cisco instilled a passion for the game in children at Audubon Country Club at a time when junior golf was not promoted nearly as much as it is today. Many of the club’s members at the time credited Cisco for being the reason why their children formed an attachment with the game.
“He had tremendous talents as a golfer,” Steve Cisco, Walter’s son stated. “He was just as successful on the national level as he was on the local level, so I’m glad he’s getting this recognition. He certainly deserves it.”
Marty Donlon coached golfers of St. Xavier High School from 1963-2008 while also working as a teacher throughout those 55 years. The Tigers’ Boys Golf team won the KHSAA State Championship fourteen times under his leadership while players such as Jesse Mudd, Matt Savage, Patrick Vadden, PGA, and Mike Zimmerer won the KHSAA Individual Championship with Donlon coaching them. Donlon also was the first coach Justin Thomas had in his four years at St. Xavier. In 2009, the year after Donlon’s retirement, Thomas also won the KHSAA Individual Championship. The Courier Journal nicknamed Donlon “Mr. High School Golf” in an article commemorating his retirement in 2008. He has been enshrined in several different Hall of Fames, which includes the Kentucky Golf Coaches Association (KGCA), Bellarmine University and St. Xavier.
“I’ve been very lucky throughout my life,” Donlon described. “I’ve loved coaching, but I enjoyed teaching in the classroom just as much as coaching young athletes. It was an honor just to have the opportunity to serve as a leader, but this is the cherry on top. I’m fortunate to be in several other Hall of Fames, but I think this one is the biggest.”
Margaret Jones has been a prominent fixture in women’s golf throughout her life as a player, coach and administrator. She is a four-time champion of the Women’s Kentucky Amateur and a three-time winner of the Greater Cincinnati Women’s Amateur. At the end of the 1971 season, Jones held the course record at seven courses in five different states, including local facilities Fort Mitchell Country Club and Big Elm Country Club. She competed in multiple USGA championships throughout her career, which included finishing as low amateur in the 1963 U.S. Women’s Open at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati. In 1970, she began coaching Dixie Heights High School’s Boys Golf team and then led Stetson University’s Women’s Golf team starting in 1991. Throughout this time, she served on the Board of Directors for both the Women’s Western Golf Association and the Women’s Western Golf Foundation. Via those roles, Jones has worked as a rules official and on the tournament committees of numerous local, regional and national competitions ever since.
“I’m extremely honored,” Jones relayed. “It’s such a unique experience because this is happening in the twilight of my life at 78 years old. It makes me think about how lucky I’ve been to be introduced to the game of golf and not only participate as a competitor but give back to it as well. I feel like this is all for my parents though. They instilled this in me, and they may not be here to see this, but I always wanted to make them proud.”
Jimmy Kirchdorfer has spent many years as a Board Member or Ambassador for prominent golf organizations including First Tee of Louisville, the Barbasol Championship, Western Golf Association, Kentucky Golf Foundation, Justin Thomas Foundation, and Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation. In 2019, he was instrumental in Kentucky becoming the second state to host the Youth on Course Caddie Program. In its first year, more than $5,000 in scholarship funds were awarded to participants of the program with that number set to continue growing in the years to come. Kirchdorfer, as CEO of ISCO Industries, has also provided tremendous support for the Youth on Course Pro-Am at Valhalla Golf Club every August. In 2020 and 2021, even with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, new records in funding for Youth on Course have been achieved thanks to Kirchdorfer’s commitment to continually introducing Kentucky’s youth to golf.
“Golf has had an enormous impact on the path of my life,” Kirchdorfer exclaimed. “To be inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame is a huge honor. I’ll never forget receiving the call from Phil Armbruster when he informed me of this news. There have been so many amazing people that have gone before me and to be recognized beside them is truly an honor.”
The date and venue of this year’s induction ceremony are to-be-determined and will be confirmed in the coming weeks. The class of 2020, composed of Ernie Denham and Dave Nicholas, will also be officially inducted during this ceremony after last year’s induction ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year the Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville, Kentucky honors several alumni for their accomplishments in career, community and life that highlight the storied tradition of excellence in Catholic schools in central Kentucky that began over 200 years ago. ISCO Industries CEO and Chairman, Jimmy Kirchdorfer, is proud to be part of this distinguished group. Follow this link: https://www.ceflou.org/2021Honorees to view the other honorees.
Established in 1990, the Salute is a hallmark community event in the Commonwealth, raising funds for families, parishes and schools to provide tuition assistance for families as well as grants for religious education, professional development of teachers and advancements in technology. In the fall of 2019, the Foundation and its funding partners awarded a record $6.5 million in tuition assistance to an all-time high 3,250 students across 40 Catholic elementary schools.
Foundation President Richard A. Lechleiter remarked, “We could not be more excited to celebrate our eight distinguished honorees. We are indeed grateful to our many supporters who value Catholic education and the countless benefits that it has provided to students, families and the broader community for generations.”
Major benefactors of this year’s Salute, each of whom has contributed $25,000 or more, include Fifth Third Bank of Kentucky (founding benefactor); Norton Healthcare; AirHydro Power; Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company; Brown–Forman Corporation; Caldwell Tanks; D3 Foundation; The Galt House Hotel; ISCO Industries, Inc.; LG&E and KU Foundation; SCJ Consulting Services, LLC; The Bufford Family Foundation; Joseph and Sherry Dougherty; David and Cathy Durik; the Steve and Kathy Ford Family; David and Jennie Heintzman; The Mackin Family Foundation; the John and Sarah Lechleiter Family; the Paul and Maureen Lechleiter Family; Bill and Michelle Mudd; Neil and Anne Ramsey; Brad and Charlotte Stengel; the Daniel C. Ulmer Family; Tom and Rhonda Wimsett; the Paul Varga Family; and the Richard and Janice Lechleiter Family.
About the Foundation
For over 200 years, Catholic schools have contributed significantly to the social, spiritual and economic fabric of our entire community. The Catholic Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the growth and vitality of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Since 1999, the Foundation has awarded over $37 million in support of Catholic education. Visit the Foundation at www.ceflou.org.
Louisville, Ky, (March 4, 2021) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company recently announced the 100 companies that made the 17th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky list and ISCO was amongst the winners, for the ninth time.
“I am so proud of all of our team members who helped ISCO be named a best place to work in Kentucky,” said Jimmy Kirchdorfer, CEO of ISCO Industries. “Our people are what make ISCO, ISCO. Without this team of extremely talented and passionate people, we never would have experienced the successes and be where we are today.”
Jimmy and Mark Kirchdorfer are brothers and second-generation owners of ISCO, They always follow their late father, Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr.’s, guidance, if you take care of your people, they will take care of the customers and each other. Two of ISCO’s core values are Family Atmosphere and Have Fun, which the team members all live by.
The Best Places to Work in Kentucky is a survey and awards program dedicated to identifying and recognizing the Commonwealth’s best employers and providing organizations with valuable employee feedback. The winner rankings will be announced at an awards dinner Thursday, June 17, 2021. The selection process is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com.
Louisville, Ky. (August 13, 2020) – ISCO Industries, Inc. (ISCO), a Louisville-based high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) total piping solutions provider, announces an agreement to sell Aquatherm polypropylene piping
systems across the entire United States.
“We are excited to expand our relationship nationally with Aquatherm,” said Jimmy Kirchdorfer, ISCO
CEO. “They were the first supplier to enter the polypropylene market in North America. Through a lot of hard
work and business development they have become the clear brand leader. ISCO is well-positioned to deliver
value-added services ensuring a successful Aquatherm installation. It is an exciting time to expand our
relationship and jointly grow the Aquatherm presence across the country.
The North American arm of Aquatherm GmbH, Aquatherm established the polypropylene piping market with
hundreds of successful installations in commercial, institutional, industrial, and other applications.
Aquatherm CEO Jordan Hardy explained that bringing ISCO on as a national distributor is extremely
promising. “As a market leader in polypropylene piping systems, we always look to align with the best
partners in each market and our companies share many of the core beliefs and skillsets of being solution
providers and focusing on the needs of our customers, so it is a natural fit,” Hardy said.
ISCO has a national fusion equipment footprint, a network of fabrication facilities that can simplify
installation on-site, and a large group of experienced, qualified field fusion technicians available to assist. In
addition, ISCO has a project management team, experienced in the polypropylene market, ready and
available to help anywhere in North America. As the companies join forces, ISCO is excited to continue to
provide total piping solutions to our customers.
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Louisville, Ky. (December 5, 2019) – ISCO Industries, Inc. (ISCO), a Louisville-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping solutions provider, is announcing that it has agreed to acquire M.T. Deason, based in Birmingham, Alabama. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and the parties expect to close the transaction on January 2, 2020.
M.T. Deason has been providing products and services for the gas distribution market since 1982. The company prides itself on listening and responding to the needs of their customers with innovative solutions. “I’ve known [CEO] Mike Deason for 25 years and always admired the customer-centric business and the exceptional team he has cultivated,” explains ISCO CEO Jimmy Kirchdorfer. “He has been a pioneer in electrofusion and gas pipe fittings and the company has an excellent reputation for providing quality products. I’m proud that he chose to join forces with ISCO to continue on their successful path.”
This acquisition will allow ISCO to increase its service capacity in the gas distribution market. M.T. Deason will operate as a division of ISCO Industries, providing full-service offerings of pipe, fittings, fusion equipment, and valves. “At M.T. Deason, our customers always come first. It is the same at ISCO,” says Deason. “This shared vision along with the expertise M.T. Deason offers in gas distribution, and the expertise that ISCO offers in their markets creates exciting opportunities for both sets of customers.”
As the companies join forces, ISCO is excited to welcome M.T. Deason’s team members to the family. M.T. Deason currently has locations in Birmingham, Alabama; Cedar Hill, Texas; and Fairfield, New Jersey. They will join the more than 35 ISCO locations across North America.
Industries Since 1962, ISCO Industries, a global total piping solutions provider headquartered in Louisville, Ky., has stocked and sold a wide variety of HDPE pipe and piping materials. ISCO offers custom piping fabrication to provide solutions for multiple applications such as: industrial, municipal, power, marine, nuclear, oil and gas, mining, waterworks, environmental, geothermal, golf, culvert-lining and landfill. The company also rents, services and sells McElroy fusion equipment. ISCO has more than 35 locations in North America – inventorying large stockpiles of HDPE pipe and piping products. For more information on ISCO, visit www.isco-pipe.com or call 1-800-345-ISCO. ABOUT
M.T. Deason Company has provided products and services for the gas distribution market since 1982. Our success is built on listening to the needs of our customers and responding with innovative solutions. Our goal is to have the flexibility to meet your needs by delivering quality products on time which is crucial in today’s business environment.
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