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Columbus North grad chosen as a 2012 Cramer Award winner
July 17, 2012Columbus North High School
Columbus North graduate Tyler Duncan was honored Monday (July 16) as a winner of the Jack Cramer Ideals of Athletic Competition Award.
Duncan, a 2008 CN graduate and standout golfer, was joined by Columbus East coach John Kessler, local physician Philippa Shedd and Columbus East coach Leslie Weaver as other 2012 recipients of the annual award that was established in 1978 in memory of Cramer, a former Columbus athlete who died that year.
Criteria for the award include dedication, preparation, determination, fair play, sportsmanship and on-field achievements. The award is presented by the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department, and the ceremony was at the Donner Center.
A standout golfer at Columbus North, Duncan won the 2007 IHSAA individual state championship and was a three-time all-state selection. He went on to Purdue and was a second-team all-Big Ten choice as a senior when he posted a 72.58 stroke average over 36 rounds. He notched six top-10 finishes, four top-five finishes in various college events and was chosen to the PING All-Midwest Region Team this spring by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Duncan, 23, also is a four-time winner of the Columbus Men's City Tournament and last month became a professional golfer. He competed in two events in the eGolf Tour in June and planned to make his debut on the PGA Nationwide Tour later this month before being sidelined by a shoulder injury.
Kessler, 73, has coached tennis, basketball, diving, track and gymnastics in a 40-year career at East that began in 1973.
Shedd is a world-class skier who hails from England. She was in Florida to teach skiing and then moved to Columbus in 1997 after marrying Frederick Shedd, a local surgeon.
Weaver, a marathoner and tri-athlete herself, has coached cross country at East for four years. She previously coached the sport for three years at Central Middle School.
The 2011 winners were Courtney Larson of Columbus North and Ben Weaver of Columbus East. Ben Weaver is Leslie Weaver's husband.
JACK CRAMER IDEALS OF ATHLETIC COMPETITION AWARD
Presented by the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department
1978: Dudley Moore
1979: Tim Nussbaum
1980: Bob Smith
1981: Bill Stearman
1982: Doug Otto, John McLachlan
1983: John Hinds
1984: Blair Kiel, LeAnn Hahn
1985: Chuck Wilt
1986: Max Andress
1987: John Stafford
1988: Jerry Newsom, John Whitlow
1989: Chuck Grimes
1990: Dave Cleland, Sandy Etnyre
1991: Dennis Sylvester, Emily Keller
1992: Larry Baack, Nancy Kirshman
1993: William Clay, Phil Wasmuth, Hedy George
1994: Mel Good, Jackie Burton
1995: Rick Weinheimer, Selma Durham
1996: Joe Sheehy, Janet Rumsey
1997: Sam Simmermaker, Katie Baxter
1998: Tom Kendrick, Cheri Weinheimer
1999: Bill & Betty Everitt, Larry Perkinson, Julie Houston
2000: Jim Henderson, Max Moore, Janice Matchette
2001: Gerald "Butch" Jordan, Lenore Preston
2002: Dick Parker, Faith Wilder-Newland
2003: Charles "Chick" Newell, Debbie Marr
2004: Marty Mennen, Jim Sheridan, Leah Retrum
2005: Richard Macy, Eric Wohlford, Suzie Fox
2006: Gary Walker, Shayla Holtkamp, Sue Husmann
2007: Dick Wigh, Nora Coleman
2008: Frank Anderson, Amy Macy
2009: David Green, Randy Stafford, Debbie Riga, Marilyn Jerman
2010: Jody Littrell, Jody Tompkins
2011: Ben Weaver, Courtney Larson
2012: Tyler Duncan, John Kessler, Philippa Shedd, Leslie Weaver
Inscription on the plaque awarded to the winners of the Jack Cramer Ideals of Athletic Competition Award:
"This plaque is given to encourage the practice of sportsmanship and the highest ideals of athletic competition and to honor the example of John Henry Cramer who, on those many occasions where this memorial is now dedicated,
" * Committed himself to the purpose of winning while on this field of athletic endeavor.
" * Prepared himself through practice and conditioning to the full measure of his potential.
" * Observed the rules of the game without regard to which competitor an individual rule might favor at any one moment of the contest.
" * Inspired the play of his teammates by his manner and intent which encouraged those of lesser ability and which bound the team together with a faith in one another.
" * Conducted himself in such a manner which, in victory, served to enhance his own accomplishment, which, in defeat, did not diminish the accomplishment of his opponent; and which allowed the spirit of sportsmanship to grace the efforts of all those engaging in the contest."