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Bob Wharton, Founder of Return To Golf
(440) 686-1070  •  bob@returntogolf.org
About Return to Golf
It's just great to be out playing again. Everyone is so helpful and encouraging. I love the course, the program and the people."
                   
                   - Ray Brow
Bob created the Return to Golf program in 2003. His original goal was to use the game of golf as an incentive to restoring physically challenged golfers to the greatest degree of independence possible. Bob’s endless vision and leadership have made Return to Golf the success it is today.
Trevor Hazen, Return To Golf Director  
Northern Ohio Golf Association Charities & Foundation
(440) 777-0220  •  trevor@returntogolf.org
Since 2002, the Northern Ohio Golf Association Charities & Foundation has provided individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience life-changing recreational therapy to restore independence and overall enjoyment of life through its highly successful Return To Golf program.

Return To Golf helps disabled adults and children, including stroke survivors, amputees and individuals with traumatic brain injuries, gain a greater appreciation for life by promoting physical fitness, social interaction and accessible outdoor recreation. Return To Golf has helped more than 250 participants improve balance, coordination, muscle strength and, most importantly, self-esteem under the supervision of golf professionals and fitness-oriented physical therapists from one of Cleveland’s leading hospital systems.

Trevor is the PGA Professional at North Olmsted Golf Club and has been with the Northern Ohio Golf Association since 2004. He has been teaching accessible golf for more than 10 years to golfers of all ages. His enthusiasm and love for the game of golf make him a great motivational teacher.
Jeff Ciolek PT, ACT, TPI-CGFI3 - Clinical Rehabilitation Manager
Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy
(216) 444-3452  •  ciolekj@ccf.org  
Jeff is the Clinical Rehabilitation Manager at the Cleveland Clinic department of Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy. He is a physical therapist/certified athletic trainer with over 30 years of experience. Jeff is also a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Level 3.  
Brian Stalter PT, MPT - Physical Therapist
Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy
(216) 445-8000  •  staltb@ccf.org 
Brian has been with the Cleveland Clinic for more than 14 years with experience in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. He has been instrumental in development of the Golf Smart program at the Cleveland Clinic and enjoys helping golfers of all levels return to their highest potential.
Richard Mercadante PTA, Physical Therapist Assistant
Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy
(216) 445-8000  •  mercadr@ccf.org
Rich has been a Physical Therapist Assistant with the Cleveland Clinic since 1999. He has been involved with the Return to Golf program since it's inception and has worked with many golfers with disabilities, helping them return to the game they love.
Scotte Rorabaugh, Executive Director
Northern Ohio Golf Association
(440) 686-1070  •  scotte@noga.org
Scotte joined the NOGA staff in 1994 and has served as the Executive Director for the past eight years.  One of his main priorities is to promote the game of golf in northeast Ohio and to make the game accessible to everyone by providing opportunities like the Return To Golf program.
Return to Golf Team
Frank Rihtar, Director
Northern Ohio Golf Association Charities & Foundation
(440) 686-1070  •  frank@noga.org
Frank became the Director of NOGA Charities & Foundation in 2013, after eight years with the Northern Ohio Golf Association.  He has worked closely with Bob Wharton developing strategies for increased sustainability and program growth to ensure future visions become reality. 
Return To Golf is conducted year round at the Wharton Golf Center in North Olmsted and is provided free of charge, funded by donations from individuals and local foundations. Our unique facilities, adjacent to the North Olmsted Golf Club, include a newly-renovated fitness center and indoor golf range.

Program participants vary by age, disability and golfing experience. Local organizations like Youth Challenge, Veterans Hospital, Cleveland Sight Center and Hanson House also participate in Return To Golf and utilize the facilities.

NOGA Charities & Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.