headshot of Joanne Long
Joanne Long

A golf outing to celebrate the life of Joanne Long will be Friday, April 29, at the Weibring Golf Club, 800 W. Gregory St., Normal, Illinois.

Long, an Illinois State University alumna, athlete, and retired staff member, passed away December 3, 2021. In keeping with her lifelong passion of golf, 9-hole tee times are available for individuals or groups of up to four from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., prior to a Celebration of Life at noon. A reception will immediately follow.

Long transferred to Illinois State in 1970 as an art major. As a member of the ISU Redbird women’s golf team, she participated in the National Collegiate Golf Championships in Athens, Georgia, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 1971-72. In 1972, she won the Illinois State Collegiate Championship in Carbondale, Illinois. Twenty-four years later, Long added another ISU golf course highlight, acing the 4th hole at what is now called the Weibring Golf Club. In Long’s honor and memory, a bench and tree will be placed near the hole #4 tee.

Long graduated from ISU with a Bachelor of Science in art. Soon after, she accepted a position as a commercial artist producing artwork for the University. Her talents led to a 31-year career at ISU.  Long retired in 2005, as manager of the University’s Graphic Production Department, which created instructional design materials for faculty and staff members.

To schedule a tee time for the golf outing, call the Weibring Golf Club at (309) 438-8065 and indicate you are playing as part of the Joanne Long Celebration of Life. Green fees and cart are $19 per player. 

Long’s family asks that memorials be made to the ISU women’s golf team.  Contributions can be made by linking to https://giving.illinoisstate.edu/, then search “women’s golf” in the Find a fund box at the bottom of the webpage and include Long’s name in the Dedications section.