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Distinguished Golf Achievement

Year Name
1955 Robert M. Grant

Accomplishments

Connecticut State Amateur champion 1932, 1946, 1952; New England Amateur champion 1932, 1954; President, CSGA, 1948-49; State Team captain 1940-41, 1962-65.

1956 Charles C. Clare

Accomplishments

Connecticut State Amateur champion 1931, 1933, 1935; New England Amateur champion 1934; President, CSGA, 1952-53; State Team captain 1934-39.

1958 Frank D. Ross

Accomplishments

Connnecticut State Amateur champion 1926, 1930; New England Amateur champion 1933; U.S. Senior Amateur Association champion 1953; President, CSGA, 1938-39; State Team captain 1932-33, 1958-61.

1959 Georgiana M. Bishop

Accomplishments

U.S. Women's Amateur champion 1904, medalist 1914, co-medalist 1905; Connecticut Women's Amateur champion 1920-22, 1927.

1960 H. H. Mandly, Jr.

Accomplishments

Connecticut State Amateur champion 1940, 1947, 1949; Connecticut Open champion 1940; New England Amateur champion 1935, 1939; State Team captain 1952-57.

1961 Julius N. Boros

Accomplishments

U.S. Open champion 1952, 1963; National PGA champion 1968; National Senior PGA champion 1971, 1977; U.S. Ryder Cup team 1959, 1963, 1965, 1967; National PGA Player-of-the-Year 1952; winner of 15 other PGA Tour events.

1962 Gene Sarazen

Accomplishments

U.S. Open champion 1922, 1932; National PGA champion 1922-23, 1933; British Open champion 1932; Masters champion 1935; National Senior PGA champion 1958; U.S. Ryder Cup team 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937.

1963 William Burke

Accomplishments

U.S. Open champion 1931; U.S. Ryder Cup team 1931; North & South Open champion 1928.

1964 Anthony Manero

Accomplishments

U.S. Open champion 1936; U.S. Ryder Cup team 1937.

1965 Felice J. Torza

Accomplishments

Connecticut Open champion 1946; Rhode Island Open champion 1947; finalist, National PGA championship 1953; semifinalist, U.S. Amateur championship 1947; Illinois Open champion 1950, 1958; twice Illinois PGA champion.

1967 Pat O'Sullivan Lucey

Accomplishments

CWGA champion 1947, 1949-53, 1959-60, 1963, 1968; CWGA Senior champion 1977, 1980-82; U.S. Curtis Cup team 1952; Member of LPGA Tour; winner, Women's Titleholders 1951; 5-time Endicott Cup champion; 3-time New England Women's Amateur champion; 3-time Women's North & South Amateur champion.

1968 Dr. Ted Lenczyk

Accomplishments

Connecticut Open champion 1954; Connecticut State Amateur champion 1961; Semifinalist, U.S. Amateur championship 1954.

1969 Grace Lenczyk Cronin

Accomplishments

U.S. Women's Amateur champion 1948; Canadian Women's Amateur champion 1947-48; CWGA Match-Play champion 1946, 1957, 1961-62; Endicott Cup champion 1946; National Women's Intercollegiate champion 1948; U.S. Curtis Cup team 1948, 1950.

1971 Edward Burke

Accomplishments

Connecticut Open champion 1938; Connecticut Section PGA champion 1940, 1947.

1972 Douglas M. Ford, Sr.

Accomplishments

National PGA champion 1955; Masters champion 1956; Canadian Open champion 1959, 1963; National PGA Play-of-the-Year 1955; U.S. Ryder Cup team 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961; National PGA Hall of Fame (1978); Winner of 15 other PGA Tour events.

1973 Harry Nettelbladt

Accomplishments

Connecticut Open champion 1950-51; Connecticut Section PGA champion 1948, 1954; Connecticut Section PGA Professional-of-the-Year 1963; President, Connecticut Section PGA.

1974 Richard L. Siderowf

Accomplishments

Connecticut State Amateur champion 1955, 1960, 1965, 1984-85; Connecticut Open champion 1958-59, 1973; New England Amateur champion 1961; British Amateur champion 1973, 1976; Canadian Amateur champion 1972; U.S. Walker Cup team 1969, 1973, 1975, 1977, non-playing captain 1979; 5-time Metropolitan Amateur champion; winner of the Azalea, Northeast, and Sunnehanna Amateur championships.

1975 Jerry Courville Sr.

Accomplishments

Connecticut Open champion 1965; Connecticut State Amateur champion 1968, runner-up 1959, 1963-64, 1967, medalist 1961, 1964, 1968-69; Connecticut State Senior champion 1991-92; Metropolitan (NY) Amateur champion 1973, 1979, runner-up 1969, 1971-72, 1977; Metropolitan (NY) Open champion 1967; Northeast Amateur champion 1964.

1976 Marcia Dolan

Accomplishments

CWGA Match-Play champion 1966-67, 1969-70, 1972, 1975-77, 1979, 1981; Connecticut State Women's Amateur champion 1969, 1972-73.

1980 Carol Patton

Accomplishments

CWGA Match-Play champion 1948, runner-up 1938, 1946, 1949, 1950-51, 1964; President, CWGA.

1981 Donald Hoenig

Accomplishments

Connecticut State Amateur champion 1957; Connecticut Open champion 1956-57; Connecticut Section PGA champion 1984; Connecticut Section PGA Senior champion 1985-1989.

1982 Robert L. Kay

Accomplishments

Connecticut Open champion 1964; Connecticut Section PGA champion 1953, 1956, 1959-60, 1963, 1977; Connecticut Section PGA Professional-of-the-Year 1965; 11-time qualifier for National PGA championship.

1983 Ernest J. Gerardi

Accomplishments

Connecticut State Amateur champion 1953, runner-up 1948, 1952, 1955; New England Amateur champion 1949.

1995 Fred Kask

Accomplishments

Connecticut State Amateur champion 1970, 1977, 1980, 1987; Connecticut State Senior Amateur champion 1995; New England Amateur champion 1971.

1996 Alpheus Winter IV

Accomplishments

Connecticut State Amateur champion 1948, 1956, 4-time semifinalist; runner-up, Connecticut State Senior Amateur championship 1975; President, CSGA.

1996 Dennis Coscina

Accomplishments

Record 8-time Connecticut Section PGA champion; Western Mass Open champion; Manchester Open champion; member Senior PGA Tour.

1997 Lida Kinnicutt

Accomplishments

Won record-tying 13 Connecticut state titles; 5-time Connecticut Women's Golf Association champion; New England Women's Golf Association champion 1987-88.

1999 Caroline Keggi

Accomplishments

Keggi won eight Connecticut and three New England championships as an amateur. She was an All-American at the University of New Mexico and won the NCAA Championship in 1988. As a professional, she finished in the top-20 on the LPGA money list two years running.'

2000 James Grant III

Accomplishments

Jim played in the ICO and GHO 15 times, tying for second as an amateur a stroke behind Ken Venturi and was fourth in 1970 as a pro. His wins included the Connecticut, New England and Middle Atlantic Amateur Championships. His father, Robert M. Grant was the first HOF inductee in 1955 and they are the first father son tandem among the members. He was a member of the winning U.S. Walker Cup team at Royal St. George's, England in 1967. He played on the PGA tour from 1967-74 and was low amateur at the Masters in 1966.

2000 Johnny Golden

Accomplishments

Golden was 3-0 on two US Ryder Cup Teams, two of those wins were with his foursomes partner Walter Hagen. He was a semifinalist in the PGA Championship three times, won four consecutive Connecticut Open Championships and won three New Jersey Open Championships. In 1934 and 35 he played the Masters and tied for 21st'and 35th.'

2001 Glenna Collett Vare

Accomplishments

Vare's dominance of the national golf scene in the 1920s and 1930s elevated her to a star status no American woman golfer had previously enjoyed. She won the U.S. Amateur Championship a record six times, the Canadian Ladies Open twice, the French Ladies Open once.' She earned seven Eastern and six North and South Amateur titles, and played on or captained six Curtis Cup teams.' In 1924, she won 56 of 57 competitive matches.' Although, she never turned professional, the LPGA honored her in 1953 by naming its award for the lowest per-round average score on tour as the Vare Trophy.' She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975.

2001 James T. Healey, Sr.

Accomplishments

Healey won two Connecticut State Amateur Championships in 1951 and 1958, the CSGA Junior Amateur in 1947, and five CSGA Four Ball titles from 1951 to1962.' He also was a two time semifinalist in the New England Amateur Championship and in 1951 and 1965 advanced to match play in the U.S. Amateur Championship.'He served on the CSGA Executive Committee from 1963-83.

2001 Richard D. Chapman

Accomplishments

Chapman, whose career spanned more than 37 years, won the national amateur championships of the United States (1940), Britain (1951), Canada (1949), France (1939 and 1952), and Italy (1960). He is the only golfer ever to accomplish that feat.' He won the Connecticut State Amateur twice (1936 and 1938), the New England Amateur (1951), and also state amateur titles in Massachusetts, New York, and the Carolinas.' He played for the U.S. in the Walker Cup competitions of 1947, 1951, and 1953, all American victories.'

2002 Allan Breed

Accomplishments

Breed won the Connecticut Open in 1960 and the Connecticut Amateur in 1963 to become one of only four to win both titles as an amateur. He won the Manchester Open in 1966, the Bermuda Mid-Ocean Invitational in 1975, the Hop Meadow Invitational in 1981 and the Wethersfield Club Championship nine times over five decades.

2003 John A. Gentile

Accomplishments

Gentile won his first significant tournament in 1969 when he beat another Hall of Famer, Fred Kask, for the Connecticut Amateur Championship at Hartford GC. The following year he won the Connecticut Open by a comfortable six strokes.' 'My greatest thrill in Connecticut golf was winning the Open for the second time 25 years later,' Gentile said. That win came in 1995 at Woodway CC where he won by seven shots. John won ' the PGA National Club Pro Championship at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, and the PGA Stroke Play Championship at Disney World in Florida in the same year 1978. His other wins include the Met Senior Open in 1997, the New England Senior Open in 1998 and the Connecticut Senior Open in 2003.

2005 Doug Dalziel

Accomplishments

Dalziel came to Connecticut in 1969 and worked at Aspetuck Valley CC in Weston, Mill River CC in Stratford, and Grassy Hill CC in Orange.' Dalziel won the Connecticut Open twice (1979 and '80) and the Connecticut Section PGA Championship three times (1980, '81 and '86).' He has won many other championships including three Bermuda Opens, a PGA of America Senior Series, a Connecticut Senior Open, and was a member of both the Vantage Cup and Chrysler Cup teams.

2006 Ken Green

Accomplishments

Ken Green is a two time Connecticut Open Champion (1985 and 1992).' Ken turned professional in 1980 and went on to win five times on the PGA Tour.' He was a member of the 1989 Ryder Cup team that tied with Europe at The Belfry Golf & Country Club in Sutton Coldfield, England.' Throughout his career, Ken has raised hundreds of thousand of dollars for Connecticut charities.

2007 Leslie Shannon Stewart

Accomplishments

Although Leslie began golf later in her life she enjoyed a marvelous amateur career.' Just three years after beginning golf she won the Connecticut Women's Amateur.' She would go on to win three CWGA Championships in 1978, 1980 and 1982.' She was a three time member of the United States Curtis Cup team and was named captain in 1990.' Golf Digest recognized Leslie's accomplishments by naming her the Female Amateur Player of the Year in 1986.

2007 William Hadden III

Accomplishments

Bill Hadden grew up playing the game at New Haven Country Club.' He is a two time Connecticut Amateur winner (1982 and 1983) and five time CSGA major winner.' Bill won the New England Amateur twice (1988 and 1993) and the prestigious Northeast Amateur in 1982.' He has participated in twenty-three national championships including the 1984 US Open at Winged Foot and was runner-up in the 1989 US Mid-Amateur Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

2008 Dick Mayer

Accomplishments

Stamford native Dick Mayer won his first PGA Tour event in 1953 and his last in 1965.' Mayer won twice in 1957 making him one of golf's greats.' He became the 1957 U.S. Open champion at Inverness Club, OH ($7,200) and later won the 1957 World Championship of Golf at Tam O'Shanter, IL ($50,000).' He topped the PGA Tour money list with $65,835, was named PGA Player of the Year an played on the 1957 Ryder Cup team at the Lindrick Club in Yorkshire, England.' Mayer won seven PGA Tour titles:' The Eastern Open; The Miami Beach International Four-Ball (with Tommy Bolt); The Kansas City Open; the Philadelphia Daily News Open; the U.S. Open Championship; The World Championship of Golf; and the Greater New Orleans Open.

2008 William T. "Bill" Lee

Accomplishments

Bill Lee's love of golf is an article of faith.' He was a schoolboy star in his native Texas and later in Chicago, and an All-American at Augustana College before attending the Yale Divinity School.' His golf career began in earnest in the 1970s. From 1974-1979 he was a quarterfinalist, finalist, and two-time Champion of the Connecticut Amateur, Runner-up in the New England Amateur and played in five U.S. Amateurs, four U.S. Mid-Amateurs and three British Amateurs.' in 1990 Bill won his third CT Amateur Championship and the Player of the Year Award.' He returned to golf in 2001, after an 11 year hiatus, and has since won the Connecticut Senior Amateur, played in two U.S. Senior Amateurs and served as CSGA Team Captain in 2007 and 2008.

2009 Barbara Young

Accomplishments

Barbara Young began playing golf at the age of 30 and she still plays regularly at 76, even after surgical replacements in both knees. When the Young family moved to Westport, she developed into a golf champion and now, some three decades later, she joins the state's most accomplished players as a member of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame.

Playing at Westport Longshore, then at Aspetuck Valley CC, Young eventually won the Connecticut Women's Golf Association championship in 1988 and '91, and took the Connecticut Women's Amateur title six times. Before moving to North Carolina, Young won the New England WGA championship twice (1986 and '91), and has since captured the New England Senior Women's Amateur title nine times. Two highlights of Young's career were a second-place finish in the 1986 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Lakewood GC in Alabama, and a victory in the 1992 Canadian Senior Amateur in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Among other titles, she has won the CWGA Seniors three times, the Connecticut Women's Senior Amateur eight times, the Women's Eastern GA Seniors (1992), the Metropolitan (NY) Golf Association Seniors (1989), the North and South Seniors six times, the North Carolina Seniors twice (1994, '99), the Carolinas Seniors (1998) and the Women's Eastern Super Seniors three times (1999-2001).

Long before she took up golf, Young had an interesting athletic career as a shortstop for the Kenosha, WI, Comets of the All-American Girls Baseball League, made famous by the 1992 movie 'A League of Their Own,' starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. 'I was still in high school when 12 of us from New England traveled to South Bend (Indiana) for tryouts,' Young said. 'The league was popular because it filled a void with a lot of the men off at war. It was fun while it lasted. We even played in Yankee Stadium.'

Young's athletic talent was not limited to golf and baseball. In tennis, she was New England Junior champion in 1948, played on the Junior Girls Whiteman Cup team in 1949, and lost to Maureen Connolly in the National Juniors in 1949. She also was an All-State field hockey player at Brookline (MA) High, and won the New England Platform Tennis doubles title in 1976. She received a Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Gold Key in 1994.

2009 Fran Marrello

Accomplishments

In 1984, Fran Marrello's name topped the leader board late in the first round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot CC. 'A friend took a picture of the leader board with my name on top,' Marrello said. 'I was ahead of guys like Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Hale Irwin and Tom Watson.' His election to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame places his name indelibly on a list of the state's greatest men and women golfers of all time.

At 55, Marrello is still adding to his record. He carded a 5-under 208 at Wethersfield CC in August to win his second Connecticut PGA Championship by four shots. He also won in 2001. He has 15 Connecticut Section championships to his credit, including seven Match Play titles (1990, '92, '94-97, 2008), the Tournament of Champions twice (1992, 2007), the Assistant Professional Championship three times (1985, '87, '92), and the Walter Lowell Tournament twice.

He earned the Section Player of the Year award six times, including five years in a row from 1992-96. He also won in 2007. He was Senior Player of the Year in 2005, '07 and '08.

Fran has played in 11 majors, three PGAs, four US Opens, three U.S. Amateurs and one US Senior Open. He has played in 15 National Club Pro championships and five National Senior Club Pro championships. In 1984, he placed second in six tournaments, including the Connecticut Open, Vermont Open and New Hampshire Classic, a Tournament Players Series event, forerunner of the Nationwide Tour.

2010 Dave Szewczul

Accomplishments

Dave Szewczul has been playing in the top echelon of state golf for thirty-five years. Dave used a runner-up finish in the 1975 Connecticut Amateur to future Hall of Fame member William Lee to jumpstart an amateur career that continues to this day. Over the years Szewczul has won seven individual state titles, six four-ball crowns, and most recently a New England championship. 2010 was arguably his best year thus far. Szewczul began the year with a victory in the Senior Match Play Championship, followed that up with a win in the Connecticut Senior Open and finished the year off with a victory at the New England Senior Amateur. Along the way, he also advanced to the second round of the US Senior Amateur and won the Connecticut Senior Four-Ball Championship. In his career, Szewczul has participated in sixteen USGA national championships, two British Amateurs, and a US Senior Open where he played a practice round with Arnold Palmer. For the past two years he has also earned the CSGA Senior Player of the Year award named in honor of Hall of Fame member Dick Siderowf.

2010 Heather Daly-Donofrio

Accomplishments

Heather Daly-Donofrio, who won two tournaments on the LPGA Tour, is very much a Connecticut girl.' She played on the Yale golf team for four years before graduating cum laude in 1991.' In her brief amateur career she managed to win the Connecticut Women's Golf Association championship twice.' She began her professional career on the Futures Tour earning four victories over a three-year span.' She graduated to the LPGA Tour in 1998 and over the next eleven seasons won more than a million dollars including two victories.' Even as a full time LPGA player, she managed to find time to return to Yale to coach the women's golf team from 1997-2000.' In 2005, she was voted by fellow tour professionals as the William and Mousie Powell Award recipient as the player who best exemplifies the spirit, ideals and values of the LPGA.' She has also served as president of the LPGA Executive Committee. Currently, Daly-Donofrio works as Director of Media Relations for the LPGA Tour.

2011 Ron "Red" Smith

Accomplishments

Ron "Red" Smith had a proper excuse for not defending his Connecticut Amateur Championship in 1967. He was serving a 13-month deployment with the Marine Corps in Vietnam. He had won the title the year before, beating Dick Siderowf at Brooklawn CC. It wasn't the first time Smith was unable to defend the Amateur crown. After defeating John Gentile for the title at Wethersfield CC in 1964, he missed the 1965 tournament because he was leading the University of Houston to the NCAA championship along with 2000 Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Grant.

His stint in Vietnam delayed but did not deter a successful amateur and professional golf career, which accounts for his election to the Hall of Fame.

The state Amateur was not Smith's only major triumph in 1964. He also won the New England Amateur at Portland (NH) CC and was recognized as the New England Amateur Golfer of the Year by the Boston Sportswriters Alliance.

While still an amateur at Manchester CC he won the Wethersfield Invitational in 1966, and partnered with Peter Zaccagnino to win the New England Four Ball, the Wachusetts Four Ball in 1966, and the Connecticut Pro-Am with his home club professional Alex Hackney. After leaving Vietnam, Smith won the All-Eastern Marine Corps and All-Marine Corps Championships and the All-Service Championship in 1968.

In 1969, Smith turned professional and joined Hackney as an assistant at Manchester in 1970. He won the Manchester Open that year and the CT Section Pro-Pro with John Sutter in 1971. Among his individual championships as a professional were the New Hampshire Open in 1978, the Maine PGA six times and the Spudland Open twice. He was a Monday qualifier on the PGA Tour in 1974-76 and played in two U.S. Opens and one PGA.

As a new pro in 1969, Smith narrowly missed earning his PGA Tour card in the Qualifying School at Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The top six after 72 holes made the Tour.

"I was paired with Johnny Miller for the last two rounds, and was leading the field after 54 holes," Smith said. "I made an 8 on the final hole, and although I'm not absolutely sure, I think that let Johnny get his card. As fate would have it, that was the best 8 I ever made because it allowed me to return to Connecticut and go to work for Alex.

He started as a caddie at Manchester at 11. In high school he worked for Alex in the golf shop washing and repairing clubs. "He was my mentor really," said Smith. "I used to shag balls for him during lessons and he would give me pointers."

Smith left the state in 1971. After a year as an assistant at Shaker Farms (MA) CC and two at Westchester Hills (NY) CC, he moved to Webhannet (CC) in Maine where he worked for three decades before retiring as professional and club manager in 2004. From 1976-88, he worked as the head teaching professional at Pine Tree (FL) GC during the winter.

He and his wife Betty, who won the Maine Women's Amateur title in 1968, still live in Kennebunk, ME. They have a daughter and two grandchildren.

2012 Angela Aulenti

Accomplishments

Even though neither of her parents were golfers, Angela Aulenti spent a good part of her youth at Longshore Golf Club in her home town of Westport. 'My mother ran the food concessions, so I was there all the time,' Aulenti said. 'When I was 8, I designed my own three-hole course around the pro shop. I'd also sneak on the course whenever I got the chance. My father was a policeman in town so they'd call him and say, 'She's on the course again.' When I was 10, they gave up and let me play.'

Needless to say, Aulenti never lost her early love of golf. After a short stint on the LPGA Tour and 11 years as an assistant to Gene Boerk at Metropolis (NY) CC, she has been the head professional at Sterling Farms GC in Stamford for the last 18 years. She runs the golf operations there and at cross-town E. Gaynor Brennan GC. Aulenti was the first woman to be named a head pro in Connecticut and is still among only a handful in the country.

Aulenti has achieved success as a player over several decades, but it is her record as a teacher and innovative club professional that has earned her a place in the Hall of Fame. Since arriving in 1994, she has transformed the Sterling Farms golf shop from a dingy, ill-equiped room into a modern, player-friendly place for golf and merchandise. Although she has 28 employees between the two clubs, she spends nearly half her time teaching.

'There has been a huge transition here,' Aulenti said. 'The pro shop was falling down. We didn't have a teaching program. We've tried to bring a private club atmosphere here, get to know everyone's name.'

Today there are active programs for men, women and juniors, including a 10-week summer program that attracts some 600 inner city kids from Stamford.

'I love the club pro life,' Aulenti said. 'I get as much satisfaction from teaching as play- ing. I love watching a person who couldn't get the ball in the air, hit it 75 yards.'

Among a long list of professional honors, she was named the LPGA national Professional of the Year in 2003 and 2011, and the top professional in the LPGA Northeast Sec- tion in 2000. She has been LPGA Teaching and Club Pro national tournament chairperson, and is now serving a two-year term as LPGA Northeast Section President.

Aulenti was named LPGA national Merchandiser of the Year in 2004 and '06. She was LPGA Northeast Section Merchandiser of the Year in 1998, 2003 and '11, and PGA Met Section Merchandiser of the Year (public course) in 1998. In 2010, she opened the Aulenti Club Fitting Studio, featuring Trackman technology. In 2002, Golf For Women magazine rated her among the top 50 teachers in the nation. As a breast cancer survivor since 2005, Aulenti was honorary chair for the Susan G. Komen Rally for a Cure. Aulenti describes herself as a mediocre player as a Monday qualifier on the LPGA in the late 1970s. She managed one 12th place finish and played in the U.S. Women's Open in 1977-79, and the LPGA Championship in 1979. She won the national LPGA Club Pro Senior Championship in 2007, and the national Mixed Team Championship with Kammy Maxfeldt in 2009. In 2007 and '08, she was named the Northeast Section LPGA Senior Player of the Year. She was runnerup in the national LPGA Club Pro Championship in 1988, placed second twice and fifth twice in the Met Women's Open in the 1990s, won the Met PGA Assistants Championship in 1990. As an amateur, she won both the Connecticut and Met Junior Championships and the SNEWGA Championship twice in 1976 and '78.

2012 Bill Hermanson

Accomplishments

Bill Hermanson has always been a student of golf history. 'I have a collection of about 400 golf books,' he said. 'They're not instructional books, they're autobiographies and books on the history of the game. Living in the northeast, I couldn't play golf in the winter, so I read about it.'

No history book about the first 100-plus years of Connecticut golf could fail to have a chapter about Bill Hermanson. Not only has he won eight individual state-wide championships and nearly three dozen best ball tournaments throughout the northeast -- mostly in tandem with fellow Hall of Famer and closest friend Dave Szewczul -- but he has com- ported himself on and off the course with a remarkable degree of dignity, sportsmanship and good humor for longer than a quarter century.

Winning five CT Mid-Amateur championships from 1990 to 1994 and again in 2001, the CT Amateur title in 1991, the CT Amateur Stroke Play in 1983, and the CT Tournament of Champions in 2006 just begins to tell the story of his playing accomplishments.

He was Player of the Year in 1991 and runnerup twice in 1981 and '82. He finished sec- ond in the Amateur twice in 1981 and '99, reached the semi-finals in 1982 and was a quarterfinalist three times, most recently in 2010. He was runnerup in the Mid-Amateur three times, and played in the U.S. Mid-Amateur twice in 2006 and '08.

His record in four-ball matches with Szewczul is impressive as well. The two have won more than 35, including the CT Four Ball twice, the CT Two-Man Team twice, and just last year the CT Senior Four Ball. He also won the state Mixed Team title in 1997 with Nicole Faniola, future wife of three-time Player of the Year Jeff Hedden.

Also extraordinary is Hermanson's longevity as a CSGA team member. He has played on 24 Julius Boros Challenge Cup squads, 21 Tri-State teams and three USGA State Team Match squads. He served as CSGA team captain in 2003-04.

For icing on this partial list of highlights, Hermanson won the Connecticut schoolboy champion as a student at Old Saybrook High in 1973, and won the club championship at Black Hall Club a staggering 23 times beginning in 1978.

In his first season playing senior tournaments, Hermanson, 55, posted a 72 and held the first-round lead in the CT Senior Amateur before slipping to a tie for seventh.

'My goal now is just to go out and try to be competitive,' he said. 'It's tough because I get almost no time to prepare.'

That's because of his vagabond business life in the 'silver bullet,' his customized golf shop/van. He is a manufacturer's rep selling golf clothing and equipment to golf clubs in a region that reaches from Connecticut to the Canadian border.

Hermanson said he first realized he could play with the state's best players when he lost to Jerry Courville, Jr. on the 36th hole in the Amateur final in 1981. Ten years later he overcame 11 birdies by Joe Dennis in the final round to win the Amateur 1 up on the 36th green.

Hermanson and his wife Mary Lou live in East Lyme and have a son Eric.

2014 Roy Pace

Accomplishments

One of the greatest players in Connecticut golf history, Roy Pace enters the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 in the category of 'Distinguished Golf Achievement.'Pace played the PGA Tour for more than ten years from the early 1960s through the early 1970s. He competed in a total of 178 PGA Tour events, made 163 cuts, and recorded fifteen top-10 finishes. In 1971 he won the Magnolia Classic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Magnolia was played opposite the Masters each year and featured the best players in the world who were not otherwise eligible for Augusta. In addition to Pace, past winners include Craig Stadler and Payne Stewart.

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2015 J.J. Henry

Accomplishments

One of the greatest players in Connecticut golf history, Ronald Joseph 'J.J.' Henry, III enters the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2015 in the category of 'Distinguished Golf Achievement.' At 40 years of age, and in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, J.J. is still in the midst of an outstanding career. Over the past 15 years J.J. has been one of the most consistently successful professional golfers in the world. With 'Top-125' as the marker to determine who retains their PGA Tour status each year, J.J. is one of only three American-born players to finish inside the Top-125 in earnings every year since 2001. The first of J.J.'s three PGA Tour victories came in storybook fashion at the Buick Championship in 2006 in Cromwell, and his triumph was celebrated statewide as he became the first Connecticut golfer to win the event.

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2016 Jeff Hedden

Accomplishments

The Heddens of New London Country Club were a talented lot, and winning the CSGA's Father-Son Championship had become a family tradition. Jeff Hedden's father Richard won it with Jeff's grandfather, Graham before Richard won it on separate occasions with both Jeff and Jeff's brother, Chris. On his own, Jeff displayed an early aptitude for state-wide competitive golf in winning Connecticut Junior Amateur titles in 1980 and 1981.

But after a long hiatus from both championship golf and the winner's circle, Jeff began competing again at the urging of his wife, Nicole. It was the year 2000, and Nicole, a past Connecticut Women's Golf Association champion recognized Jeff's natural talent and told him, 'You know, you're really good. You should try the CSGA stuff again.'

Two years later Jeff won the Connecticut Amateur championship at the Country Club of Farmington, with Nicole as his caddie.

'That was like an out-of-body experience,' Jeff said. 'I still didn't have the maturity or experience.' Later in 2002, he won his second CSGA major, the Mid-Amateur championship at Wee Burn Country Club. He also reached the national stage, qualifying for both the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

The 2002 Connecticut Mid-Amateur would be the first of four Mid-Am titles as Jeff went on to win in 2005, 2006 and 2009. When he wasn't winning he was always in the hunt, finishing as runner up in 2010, and in third place in 2007 and 2008.

Jeff's game and expanding list of accomplishments grew more impressive with each passing year throughout the 2000s. He qualified again for both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2003, as he was steadily establishing himself as a fixture at national championships. From 2002 through 2009 he qualified for the US Mid-Am seven times, and reached match play on three of those occasions. He finished second in the Connecticut Player of the Year standings in 2006 and 2007 before earning the title outright in 2008 and 2009.

His biggest victory was the 2008 Connecticut Open at Round Hill Club. With wife Nicole caddying throughout the Championship, Jeff forced a playoff with three-time past champion Kyle Gallo after a spectacular up and down on the final hole, then claimed the title with a birdie on the first extra hole. He remains the only amateur to have won the Open in the 21st century, the last to do so since Jay Rice of Wee Burn in 1999.

Rick Odermatt, longtime writer and producer of The Connecticut Golfer declared Jeff the 'Player of the Decade' after the 2009 season for his extraordinary ten-year record.

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Distinguished Service to Golf

Year Name
1957 Wilton W. Sherman

Accomplishments

Industrialist, sportsman, philanthropist. Major benefactor of Connecticut golf and golfers who brought world-class players to this state in exhibitions and tournaments at his storied Rockledge Country. A primary major supporter of the original Insurance City Open.

1966 John Reardon, Ph.D

Accomplishments

Co-architect of the CSGA Caddie Scholarship program and dedicated member of that program's selection committee for almost 20 years.

1970 William H. Neale

Accomplishments

'CSGA executive director 1946-85; President, CSGA, 1968; CSGA Senior champion 1946-47, 1955.

1977 Charles Petrino

Accomplishments

Head professional, Brooklawn Country Club, who for some two decades honored in his everyday philosophy and practice the indispensable virtues of a model club professional.

1978 Charles Baskin

Accomplishments

Outstanding grounds superintendent at the Donald Ross-designed Country Club of Waterbury; National Superintendent-of-the-Year 1977.

1979 Walter Lowell

Accomplishments

National Club Professional-of-the-Year 1978; Connecticut Section PGA Professional-of-the-Year 1978; President, Connecticut Section PGA 1978; Co-founder of Connecticut PGA/CSGA Julius Boros Challenge Cup.

1991 Martin J. Moraghan

Accomplishments

CSGA tournament director for many years. Rules official for USGA competitions; President, CSGA 1977-78.

1992 James H. Killington

Accomplishments

Co-architect and first chairman of the CSGA Caddie Scholarship program; President, CSGA 1962-63.

1993 Robert N. Shea

Accomplishments

Executive Director, Connecticut Section PGA, 1979-93. At the local and national levels of the PGA, Bob Shea was duly recognized for having led the Connecticut Section into a new era of growth, responsibility, and sponsored activity.

1994 Terry B. Calabrese

Accomplishments

Assistant to the CSGA executive director, 1959-1999. For her dedicated, diligent, all-knowing, always congenial, ever-faithful behind-the-scoreboard effort for more than a quarter-century.

1997 Russell C. Palmer

Accomplishments

Executive Director, Connecticut State Golf Association 1986-95; Established USGA's GHIN handicap system at state clubs; Served on three USGA committees; Rules officials at USGA major championships; Initiated construction of Connecticut Golf House bringing together the CSGA and Connecticut Section PGA; President of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) 1994.

1998 Herbert L. Emanuelson Jr.

Accomplishments

'An active participant in golf organizations, Emanuelson served on the CSGA Executive Committee from 1961-72. He was legal counsel for the CSGA since 1974 and Chairman of the CSGA's Widdy Neale Scholarship Committee from 1970 - 2003.

1998 Anthony Patricelli

Accomplishments

The first Executive Director of the Connecticut Section PGA. He recognized the need for more sophisticated educational opportunities for club professionals, which lead him to devise a plan for a PGA business school. Patricelli also started junior clinics at the GHO and encouraged club pros to donate used equipment to underprivileged children.

1998 Owen Griffith

Accomplishments

'Griffith is the first sports writer to be inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame. He began writing golf in the Hartford Courant in 1950 and was among those who covered the first ICO at Wethersfield CC in 1952. Griffith was a life member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the Cape Cod Turf Managers Association and numerous other golf organizations.

1999 Dr. Philip T. Sehl

Accomplishments

As president of the Greater Hartford Jaycees from 1951 to '52, Dr. Sehl he was co-founder, with Edward H. May Jr., of the Insurance City Open. He is a former secretary, vice president and president of the CSGA and has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

1999 Robert D. Pryde

Accomplishments

Pryde designed such courses as Alling Memorial GC in New Haven, Pine Orchard CC in Branford, Wethersfield CC' in Wethersfield and Race Brook CC in Orange. He served as a golf coach at Yale and was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the CSGA from 1922 to 1946. He was a pioneer in the manufacture of clubs using hickory shafts.

2000 John J. Murphy

Accomplishments

Murphy, described as ' the pros pro', is the Director of Golf at CC of Farmington. He has served on the PGA's Employment and Club Relations committee for more than 30 years and was awarded the Bill Strausbaugh Award for community relations.

2000 Walter "Bud" Smith

Accomplishments

Smith spent half a century building and operating one of the most successful privately owned public golf courses and clubs in Connecticut- Orange Hills CC.'

2001 Charles G. Arnold

Accomplishments

Arnold was a fixture of Connecticut golf for five decades.' He served on various CSGA committees for 50 years and became the organization's youngest president at age 44 in 1969.

2001 Everett Fisher

Accomplishments

Fisher has been a Director and past President of the Round Hill Club, Governor and Secretary of the U.S. Seniors' Golf Association, a Director and Secretary of the Connecticut Golf Foundation, and Senior Advisor to the CSGA.'He served for many years as a special intermediary in the U.S. for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the game for over 40 years.

2002 Edwin H. May, Jr.

Accomplishments

May's name is synonymous with the PGA in Connecticut. He was co-chairman in 1952 of the inaugural Insurance City Open (now the Buick Championship) at Wethersfield CC. With just $100 in seed money from the Greater Hartford Jaycees, May worked tirelessly for more than a year organizing committees, raising funds and signing up volunteers for the inaugural tournament.

2002 Harry V. Keefe, Jr.

Accomplishments

Keefe, co-chairman of the inaugural Insurance City Open (now the Buick Championship) in 1952, was invaluable in launching this PGA Tour stop.' Keefe, who became a successful investment banker on Wall Street, donated millions of dollars to various educational institutions.'

2004 Sanford P. Young

Accomplishments

Young was a consequential president of the CSGA. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Connecticut Golf Foundation in 1998. He served as a committee member of the U.S. Golf Association and qualified for two U.S. Amateur Championships.'He reorganized the CSGA with the establishment of the Club Representative System.

2005 Skip Henderson

Accomplishments

Henderson was one of the most respected golf writers for more than four decades at the defunct Hartford Times.' He was described as "a student of the game" which gained him the respect of the greatest players of that era including Bobby Jones, Tommy Armour, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, and Sam Snead.' In November 1954, Henderson, a single digit handicapper who played out of Rockledge GC suggested a Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame to the Hartford Jaycees.' Though he never claimed to be the founder the Jaycees began the Hall of Fame the following year with Bobby Grant as the first inductee.

2006 Richard M. 'Dick' Tettelbach

Accomplishments

Dick Tettelbach served the CSGA with much distinction for over twenty-fives years.' He joined the CSGA in 1968 as assistant secretary-treasurer and went on to become president from 1991-1992.' After he completed his term as president he continued to work as assistant tournament director for another two years.' Dick's tremendous influence on the CSGA over the years is evident by the annual Player of the Year Trophy being named in his honor.

2007 Frank Selva

Accomplishments

Frank Selva began at Race Brook Country Club as a caddie.' After serving in the US Army, Frank returned to Race Brook as the Assistant Golf Professional and has remained at the club ever since.' Frank has been recognized several times for his outstanding service by the Connecticut PGA.' He has been awarded the Assistant Professional of the Year (1971), the Horton Smith Trophy (1989), Junior Golf Leader (1999) and Professional of the Year (1983).' In January of 2007 the PGA of America honored Frank as the PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year.

2008 E.B. "Pete" Broadbent

Accomplishments

Pete Broadbent has played and promoted the game he loves since joining the New Haven Country Club in 1950.' Broadbent has an extensive record of serving on various boards and committees at New Haven CC, the CSGA, the USGA and other golf organizations.' He was president of NHCC, the CSGA and the Junior-Senior Golf Association.' He remains a member of NHCC, the CSGA Board of Directors, the Connecticut Senior Golf Association and the U.S. Senior Golf Association.' For 18 years he has served on the USGA Senior Amateur Championship committee and has been an official and referee at the championship.' He has long been an on-course official for the New Haven CC, the CSGA, the Florida State GA, The Connecticut Women's GA and others.' Pete Broadbent is a model for those who love and give back to the game of golf.

2009 Bruce Berlet

Accomplishments

Bruce Berlet was the pulse beat of Connecticut's golf community as he chronicled the sport for all of the 38 years he worked at the Hartford Courant. Few reporters immerse themselves in their beat the way Berlet did with golf on the state and national scenes. He did it because he loved it. His passion for the game and for those who play it was evident in his writing. Because his work informed state golfers and enhanced their enjoyment of the game for so long, he belongs in the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame. Berlet, 61, covered the Greater Hartford Open 39 times as it changed names and courses. He filed stories from 30 Masters, 15 U.S. Opens, three PGA Championships and three Ryder Cup matches. More importantly, perhaps, he wrote stories about the people who play the game at the state and regional level. He stood just off the green as the final putts were struck at hundreds of CSGA, Connecticut Section PGA, Connecticut Women's Golf Association and Southern New England Women's Golf Association championships. Over time, Berlet became the ultimate insider as scores of players he wrote about became his friends.

'I'm particularly honored by this because of my affiliation with the CSGA, which goes back to the 1960s when I received a Widdy Neale Scholarship,' Berlet said.

Berlet also covered the Hartford Whalers and Wolf Pack hockey teams, UConn men's and women's basketball, Yale football and various other sports. He has written articles for Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf World, the New England Journal of Golf and other publications. He was co-host, with Bob Samek, of Connecticut Golfer on Radio for eight years. He has helped promote several charity golf tournaments and served on the Hall of Fame selection committee for 15 years. He was a golfer with a single-digit handicap for many years.

2010 Bob Hopkins

Accomplishments

For close to twenty years all course ratings in southern Connecticut have come from Bob Hopkins.' Beginning in the early 1990's, Bob took over a relatively new course rating system and continues to lead rating teams to this day.' Hopkins is a long time member of Woodway Country Club in Darien where he has served in a variety of positions culminating with his presidency in 1983.' At that time, Bob joined the CSGA Executive Committee and ultimately served as president in 1995-96.' He has been a member of numerous committees and associations including the USGA Regional Affairs Committee, the US Senior Golf Association, and Connecticut State Seniors Golf Association.' A Darien native, Hopkins graduated from Dartmouth College and was a Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War.

2011 Art Williams

Accomplishments

Sixty three years ago, two friends from Brooklawn CC hooked up in the championship match of the Connecticut Amateur on their home course. One of them, Alphie Winter, won the match and was inducted into the state's Golf Hall of Fame in 1996. This year the other finalist, Art Williams, joins him in the Hall for his Distinguished Service to Golf.

In addition to his significant competitive achievements, Williams is recognized for his behind-the-scenes contributions to the CSGA and the game. He was CSGA president in 1981-82 and served the organization for more than 40 years as a rules official and had a one-year term as non-playing captain of the state team.

One of his most important contributions to golf in the state was his presentation of an amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Court of Connecticut that served as the foundation for special tax assessment relief for golf courses. The result was that courses are taxed less like condominum complexes and more like open space.

"Until then, the CSGA had not stepped outside its primary role of running golf tournaments to be proactive in matters relating to the health of the game," Williams said.

Williams received word of his election to the Hall on the day before his 90th birthday. After surgery to replace a heart valve last year, he is slowly working his way back into the game. The operation halted his run of shooting his age every year since he was 74. Not yet officially retired, he has a limited law practice in Fairfield County.

Williams said election to the Hall was "a wonderful end to my golf career. You can't imagine what golf has meant in my life. Along with my wife and law practice it's meant everything." He and his wife have four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He is pleased to be in the Hall with Winter, whom he calls a long-time friend, partner and rival. The two qualified for match play in the Anderson Memorial at Winged Foot CC when Williams scored a 180-yard hole-in-one in a three-way playoff for two spots. The two often played friendly matches against two-time U.S. Open champion and fellow Connecticut Golf Hall of Famer Julius Boros, an amateur at Brooklawn at the time.

Williams won the Connecticut Junior Amateur title twice (1938-39), qualified three times for the U.S. Amateur, and captained the Yale golf team in 1940. He missed four golf seasons when he served in the Marine Corps as a Corsair fighter pilot in World War II. He was Brooklawn's president in 1963-64, won the club championship four times, the senior club title twice, and was Greater Bridgeport District champ twice. He started playing at 8 when he would cut through his neighbor's yards to the Brooklawn course.

Williams remembers his 1956 Amateur championship match with Winters. "I was five down after the morning 18, he said. "We both hit every green in the afternoon. I had no bogeys and one birdie but got no closer than 2 down.

2011 Gary Reynolds

Accomplishments

Gary Reynolds represents the best of the golf club professional. He spent his career, including 27 years at Hartford Golf Club, giving back to the game he loves. With his wife Mim working in the golf shop while he was outside giving lessons, running tournaments or the club's outstanding caddie program, he became a respected institution at HGC. Reynolds, who retired in 2008, joins the 2011 class of inductees to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame.

He may be best known outside his club as the co-founder, with fellow Hall of Famer Frank Selva, of the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation. He was also instrumental in the formation of The First Tee of Connecticut.

He also gained notice by raising more than $310,00 over the years for the Section Golf Foundation. Much of the funds came from his marathon golf day when he would play as many holes as daylight would permit. He collected pledges for each hole played and each birdie made.

"After a while we got it down to a science," Reynolds said. "We'd jump out of the cart, hit the shot and get back in the cart. In 15 hours and 45 minutes of daylight, we played 328 holes. We raised between $25,000 and $30,000 in each of the last five years."

Reynolds has served on the CT Section Board of Directors since 1985, was vice president from 1989-92 and president from 1993-94, and has served on or been chairman of various committees. He has been on the Board of Directors of The First Tee of Connecticut since its inception as The First Tee of Hartford in 1999.

He was awarded the Section's Presidents Award in 2005, the Bill Strausburg Award three straight years 1996-1998, the Merchandiser of the Year Award in 1995, and the Golf Professional of the Year honor in 1989. He was a member of the inaugural class of inductees in the Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame.

Reynolds has served the PGA of America as a District Director and worked on the National PGA Golf Day Committee. He was twice a finalist for the National Golf Professional of the Year Award.

Growing up in an upstate New York town that didn't have a golf course until he was a junior in high school, Reynolds got a late start in the game. He captained the St. Lawrence University golf team before becoming a golf professional at two Massachusetts clubs. He was an assistant at Longmeadow CC and head professional at Pittsfield CC before joining the Hartford GC in 1981.

"The most fun thing, and the thing I'm most proud of, was the hundreds of young people that I was able to touch over the years," Reynolds said. "A kid might come to work for you in the bag room and stay with you for a couple of years, then become a PGA professional or a lawyer or a businessman. Some of those relationships never end."

Reynolds still remembers picking up Golf Magazine in 1999 and reading an article about the PGA's First Tee program.

"I thought, this is what golf should be all about, what we in golf should strive for," he said.

And that he did. Working with Ted May, Kent Scully, Skip Gengras and others, they founded The First Tee of Hartford. He was supportive of the Connecticut Golf Foundation, a parallel program run with support from the CSGA.

"Our assistant pros were giving lessons for that program, so it was natural to merge the operations into The First Tee of Connecticut," Reynolds said.

"Golf has meant everything to me," he said. "The integrity of the people who play it, the enduring relationships you develop. Like baseball, golf doesn't really change. And thank goodness for that. The foundation of the game, the etiquette, the meaning of the game and what those who play get from it never change."

2012 Thomas W. Lane

Accomplishments

Tom Lane grew up across the street from the third green at Race Brook Coun- try Club and next door to Robert D. Pryde, a fellow Hall of Famer who is considered by many to be the father of Connecticut golf.

It's no surprise that Lane was imbued with the joys and values of golf early in life. As a caddie at Race Brook, then a competitive amateur player, and later as a patron and supporter of the game, Lane embodied Pryde's reverence for golf as a way of life. He has been president of his home club (1980-81), the CSGA (1993-94) and the New England Golf Association (2004). Today, at 81, he re- mains active in his club and as a CSGA and NEGA official.

Lane was an accomplished player at his course, and qualified for and played in the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills (OK) CC in 1965, but his election to the Hall of Fame mostly reflects his be- hind-the-scenes support of the game. His dignity, enthusiasm and hard work over decades have made him an important ambassador of the game.

Like many of his generation, Lane gained a foundation in golf from his early years of caddying. He began toting bags at Race Brook at about 13, and after years of sneaking onto the back nine to play after dinner, he joined the club as a junior member in 1957. He has remained a member for a remarkable 55 years.

He won the club championship in 1963 and many best ball tournaments over the years.

Lane's involvement with the CSGA began in 1974 when he was elected to the Executive Committee. He served as vice president and chairman of the tournament and membership committees.

He became involved in the NEGA in 1994, was the CSGA representative to the organization in 1997-98, and was elected to the Executive Committee in 1999. He moved through the chairs and served as president in 2004. Lane not only learned to play golf at Race Brook, he also learned to skate on the pond next to the second hole. This led to a career as a goalie for the hockey teams at Hillhouse High School and Boston College. He also played on the golf team at Hillhouse and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

After college, Lane served two years in the Army, then went to work as an engineer at Sargent Company in New Haven. In 1959, he began work at Shelton Roofing Company. Seven years later, he purchased the company and served as its president until retiring in 1994. The offer at Shelton Roofing was a result of his days caddying for the owner.

Tom and his wife Dorothy have a son Daniel and two daughters Katherine and Sarah.

2013 Bruce Guthrie

Accomplishments

Bruce Guthrie became a Board Member of the CSGA in 1996, and a member of the New England Golf Association and the USGA Regional Affairs Committee in 1998. 'He served as President of the CSGA from 2003-2004, and was President of the New England Golf Association in 2009-2010. Until his passing in 2013, Guthrie remained active in CSGA affairs. He served as Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee through 2012, and worked a full schedule of tournaments either as a starter or as an Official in Charge.'

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2014 Betty Boyko

Accomplishments

Boyko was instrumental in the founding of the Southern New England Women's Golf Association (SNEWGA) in 1956, and it was her forward thinking vision and energy that launched the Connecticut Women's Amateur Championship ten years later in 1966. Women who have followed in her footsteps, and who have benefitted from her trailblazing efforts on behalf of women golfers have long revered Boyko. In 2009 SNEWGA created the Betty Boyko SNEWGA Invitational. The Connecticut Women's Senior Amateur trophy is named in her honor.

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2014 Ted May

Accomplishments

After being a driving force for more than four decades behind the Insurance City Open/Greater Hartford Open/Buick Championship/Travelers Championship co-founded by his father in 1952, May found 'a new baby' when he spearheaded the birth of The First Tee of Connecticut. What started with 50 youngsters in the 'Mayor Mike's Golf Club for Kids' program at Goodwin and Keney Golf Clubs in Hartford in 1999 has grown into one of Connecticut's all-time success stories with more than 67,000 kids learning about golf and the Nine Core Values at 14 outdoor facilities and 147 schools statewide each year.

So few people deserve a place in the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame more than May, who joins his father, Ed, as only the second father-son tandem to earn induction. Ironically, the other duo, Bobby and Jimmy Grant, is also from Wethersfield Country Club.

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2015 Richard J. Zanini

Accomplishments

A member of the CSGA Board of Directors since 1998 and Wethersfield's Club Representative since 1999, Dick has held nearly every position at both his home club and at the CSGA. His tenure on the CSGA Executive Committee culminated with a two-year term as President in 2007-08. He personally managed CSGA By-Law revisions in 2001, 2003 and 2006, and his meticulous record keeping of CSGA minutes and the affairs of the Scholarship Fund has become the standard by which the Association operates. Along the way, Dick has been a key member of nearly every important CSGA body including search committees, competitions committees, and committees interacting with groups such as the Connecticut Golf Alliance and The First Tee. A past president of the Connecticut State Seniors Golf Association, Dick has served as a member of the CSSGA Board of Trustees, as well as the Board of the CSSGA Scholarship Foundation since 2008. His work as Managing Director of the CSGA Scholarship Fund in Honor of Widdy Neale, Inc. is perhaps his most significant in golf-related volunteerism.

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2016 Tom Gleeton

Accomplishments

The Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame recognizes two categories when considering nominees, 'Distinguished Achievement in Golf' for an individual's competitive accomplishments, and 'Distinguished Service to Golf' for exemplary dedication to growing and supporting the game. Tom Gleeton could be considered for induction into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in either category, such is the breadth of his accomplishments in golf. Tom turned professional after college and earned full PGA Tour status in 1986. In a playing career that has spanned more than three decades Tom has won more than 70 professional events, including the CT Section PGA Stroke Play Championship five times. He has won the PGA Section Match Play, Club Pro Championship and Section Championship, finished runner-up in the Connecticut Open, and been named CT Section Player of the Year. Tom is currently in his 25th consecutive year serving as Head Professional at the Country Club of Waterbury. He is widely credited with leading a rebuilding effort when the club's membership declined after the 2008 recession, establishing a model since adopted by other private clubs.

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The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 50 Championships, Qualifiers and One-Day Tournaments throughout the year, in addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members and 181 member clubs. As a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee, the Connecticut PGA, and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.
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