Mary Thorton Monzingo
BW Class of 1972 | Induction Class of 2011
Mary Thornton was one of the most successful and determined female athletes in the history of the College. She competed in volleyball under legendary coach and haoo-of-famer Marcia French '63 and represented the Brown and Gold and an individual in golf.
Thornton played four years on the intercollegiate volleyball team and represented the college as an individual at two AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) golf tournaments. She competed in the AIAW regional tournament at The Ohio State University and the AIAW national tournament in Atlanta.
Academically, Thornton received the Myrta Stover Award which recognizes the outstanding female health/physcial education major. She was also a member of Alpha Xi Delta, Kappa Delta Pi and Laurels honoraries.
Upon graduation from the College, Thornton received her Master’s in Education degree from Ashland University.
She went on went on to initiate the first junior golf league for girls aged 12-to-17 at Turkeyfoot Golf Course and the first 18-hole tournament for high school girls in the Akron-Canton-Cleveland area. Thornton also was the head coach of the girls’ golf team at Cuyahoga Falls High School and received the Sportsmanship and Ethics Award during her tenure. She still competes at the local, state, and national level in amateur golf tournaments.
Today, Thornton and her family own and operate the 27-hole public Turkeyfoot G.C. in Akron.