Inductees Ron Ghidina etched his name in hallowed territory in 1986 when he won his seventh Men's City golf tournament, thus tying the late and brilliant Gus Moreland for the most city titles ever.
Starting his state and local amateur golf career in 1957 after playing four years at Pekin High School and three years at Western Illinois University (where he was conference champion all three years) Ghidina began his city golf tourney run that year when he shot a record-setting 65 at Northmoor to win the first of his six city tourney medalist titles.
He won his first city crown in 1962, strung three in 1969-70-71, and then won in 1974, 1977 and 1986. He took his sixth medalist trophy in 1998.
Ghidina has won dozens of other tournaments including the Illinois State Amateur in 1973.
He won the Pine Hills Invitational in Ottawa five times, the Heart of Illinois Invitational five times, is a five time winner of the Mt. Hawley Country Club championship; won the Amateur division of the Peoria Open twice; won the Illinois State Moose championship in 1962, is a past Tazewell County champion and played in the Public Links National tournament.
Ron Ghidina etched his name in hallowed territory in 1986 when he won his seventh Men's City golf tournament, thus tying the late and brilliant Gus Moreland for the most city titles ever.
A 1974 Bradley University graduate and longtime financial consultant for MassMutual Financial Group, Paul Herzog has served as the public address "Voice of the Braves" for nearly 600 Bradley men's basketball games for the past 39 seasons, including every game the Braves have played at Carver Arena and Renaissance Coliseum. In addition to his volunteer service for Bradley, Herzog has served as the volunteer public address announcer for every game the Peoria Civic Center has hosted in the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament during its 20-year run in the River City.
While "PA" Paul is well-known for his role with Bradley Basketball and the IHSA, his community service extends far beyond Carver Arena. A Braves Club Board of Directors member for 20 years and a past president (1992-94) of the organization, Herzog also served as president of the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (1983-85) and the Bradley University National Alumni Association (1990-91). He also has began emceeing the IHSA State Cross Country Championships awards ceremony in 1996.
Closer to his home in Germantown Hills, Herzog has coached in youth baseball and basketball house leagues and from 2006-13 he was a member of the Germantown Hills Athletic Association Board of Directors. He served as a committe co-chair in the effort to acquire land for the expansion of youth sports in Germantown Hills, which led to the addition of 20 acres to school district property. Herzog also brought a little of the Bradley Basketball experience to the Germantown Hills Grade School Boys Basketball program by serving as the public address announcer from 2008-12.
Herzog is the recipient of numerous service awards, including the Bradley Varsity Club Billy Stone Service Award, the Bradley University Lydia Moss Bradley Award, the IHSA March Madness Volunteer of the Year and the IHSA Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.