Oneda Maryon Castillo was born in Akron Ohio, where she and her two brothers were raised by their single mom Ruth in Cleveland Ohio and Buffalo New York. She and her husband Ron of 47 yrs, have made Fayetteville, Georgia their home for the past 24 years. Oneda and Ron have been blessed two children Ron Jr. and Bianca along with four fantastic grandchildren.
Oneda joined the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) in 1997 becoming only the 3rd African American to reach Class A teaching status. She has served as a National Evaluator for the LPGA since 2005, and was its first African American appointee. The National Evaluation team is responsible for the certification testing of up and coming LPGA golf teaching professionals. In 2014 she became the first African American to be appointed to the LPGA’s Global Education Team. Global Educators teach the classroom material needed for LPGA Teaching Certification. The LPGA is the first and only American sport organization to open a headquarters outside of the United States choosing South Korea. Oneda travels to Seoul South Korea to teach Asian women from Korea, Japan and Vietnam how to be certified LPGA golf teachers.
Oneda is also a Certified Club Fitter, who enjoys helping golfers to improve their games, with the use of modern technology. Her high level of expertise is recognized by Titleist, who has sponsored her for many years. She also enjoys her work for the PGA (Professional Golf Association) traveling around the country to teach business women in the Golf for Women Clinics series. Oneda teaches other national programs such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, The First Tee, Executive Women’s Golf Association, The Georgia State Golf Association Adaptive Golf Academy, as well as The PGA HOPE Program (Helping our Patriots Everywhere). Now in her spare time Oneda is having fun doing some acting in the TV series Greenleaf!
Oneda’s greatest satisfaction however, comes from her work as The Director of Golf for the Women In Golf Foundation, a national organization headquartered in Atlanta. Oneda is passionate about it’s youth academy and college prep program. The foundation’s premier event is The Women’s Collegiate Championship which it has hosted every April for the past 25 years. This tournament is the national women’s championship for HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). It is with this foundation that she works so hard to empower women and youth through the game of golf in her community.
Oneda was named a TOP-50 BEST TEACHER for 2017-2018, presented by the Women’s Golf Journal. In 2016 Oneda was proud to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama. She was presented this award for her lifetime commitment to building a stronger nation through sharing the game of golf. Oneda was named Club Fitter of The Year in 2015 by African American Golf Digest. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority named Oneda an Epic First, “Women Who Launched New Dimensions”. She was inducted into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame, on May 25, 2014. Oneda was voted by her peers LPGA South East Section Teacher of The Year in 2012. Her exploits have been widely publicized and featured on the Golf Channel’s series Golf in America, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal, Atlanta Magazine, The Women’s Golf Network, and many others.
The goal of playing golf in all 50 United States was completed by Oneda with Ron on January 13th 2018, fake missile day in Maui Hawaii. Oneda is currently working on her LPGA Master Certification thesis.