Walter "Wally" Chicon
Donald F. Gliha
Edward "Eddie" Burke
Captain C.H. Perkins
The fifth-annual Connecticut PGA Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute will held on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Lake of Isles. Invitations and complete information will be sent out shortly. Registration is now open. The evening will begin at 5:00 pm and include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dinner stations. Cost of entry will be $37.50 per person.
A group room rate of $109 (plus tax and fees) has been established at Foxwoods Resort in The Fox Tower. Use this special registration passkey to register, Foxwoods.com. The deadline to register for the group rate is November 1. These rooms are limited, so act fast.
The 2018 Class of Inductees:
Joe Curtin (posthumously)
Joe Curtin (1912-85) was a legendary golf instructor whose students included Connecticut Golf Hall of Famers Bob Grant and Dick Siderowf. He was the professional at Edgewood Golf Club in Cromwell, now TPC River Highlands, 1948-52. He then moved to Indian Hill Country Club in Newington from 1952-75. He continued to teach for ten more years until his death.
Curtin won the 1948 Hartford Open, 1952 Connecticut Open, and 1964 Connecticut PGA Senior Championship. He also was the first-round leader of the 1953 Insurance City Open, now the Travelers Championship.
Mike Carney, 66, grew up in the Bunker Hill area of Waterbury and started playing golf at 15. A graduate of Kennedy High School and Mattatuck Community College in Waterbury, Carney worked for Waterbury Buckle for 11 years. He was a member at Watertown Golf Club when asked to succeed pro John Galeski in 1974. He was the assistant pro in 1974-86. He was elected to PGA Membership in 1987, became head professional and continued at Watertown for the next 30 years. He is currently the golf professional emeritus. During the off seasons, he worked at The Hole in the Wall Golf Club in Naples, Fla., 1984-85, and at Royal Poinciana in Naples, 1986.
In 2015, he was honored by the Connecticut Section PGA as the Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor bestowed upon a golf professional.
Carney’s major victories include the 2003 Connecticut PGA Senior Championship, 2005 Vermont Senior Open, and the 2005 Connecticut PGA Championship.
When asked what he has enjoyed most about being a golf professional, Carney said, “The people. It’s all about the member and guest experience.”
Section President and now head professional at Watertown, Ian Marshall had this to say about Carney, “He's a fixture here; he's a part of whatever happens here at Watertown.”
Ralph Salito, Trumbull, Conn., was elected to PGA membership in 1996. He served as the head professional at Club River Oaks in Sherman (2011-16), and Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury (1997-2011). Prior to that, he was an assistant professional at Race Brook Country Club in Orange and Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. He currently works as an assistant professional at the Country Club of Waterbury.
Salito has served the Connecticut Section for years in many capacities and is currently a Vice President at Large, Chairman of the Special Awards Committee, and liaison to the Assistants Association Board of Directors. He served as a member of the Board of Directors, 2002-04, as Secretary, 2005-06, Vice President, 2007-08, and President, 2009-10. He also was a member of the National Tournament Committee, 2010-14 and ran for PGA of America Secretary in 2013-14. He also serves as a Rules Official (2016-17) and Player Ability Test Examiner (2017). He was an inaugural committee member for the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award and the Connecticut Professional Hall of Fame.
Salito’s was honored by the Connecticut Section as the Public Merchandiser of the Year (2002) and the recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award (2005).
Salito is an accomplished player, having competed for 53 consecutive years – 26 as an amateur and 27 as a pro. He has been a seven-time member of the Julius Boros Challenge Cup Team and was the assistant captain in 2015-17 and captain in 2018-19. He won the 2004, 2005 Senior Connecticut PGA Championship, 2007 Connecticut Senior Open, and 2005 and 2012 Walter Lowell PGA Tournament. He has also qualified for and played in 30 Connecticut Open championships.
Salito qualified for the PGA of America Assistant Championship in 1997, PGA of America Club Professional Championship in 1998, PGA Senior Club Professional Championship in 2004, 05, 06, 07, and 13, and the 2013 Senior PGA Championship.