2018 SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

Golf Professional of the Year

Gary Sassu, PGA

Chippanee Country Club

 

Teacher of the Year

George Connor, PGA

Connor Golf

 

Youth Player Development Award

EJ Altobello, PGA

Tekoa Country Club


Bill Strausbaugh Award

Joe Connerton, PGA

Hartford Golf Club

 

Horton Smith Award

John Steffen, PGA

Twin Hills Country Club

 

Public Merchandiser of the Year

Jantzen Vargas, PGA

Lake of Isles

 

Private Merchandiser of the Year

Larry Antinozzi, PGA

TPC River Highlands

 

Assistant Professional of the Year

Evan Lambert, PGA

Hartford Golf Club

 

Player Development Award

Paul Banks, PGA 

Copper Hill Golf Club

 

Sales Representative of the Year

Jim Mayo

Jim Mayo Golf


President's Award

T.B.D.

 

 

Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award

Westwoods Knolls Golf Course

Farmington, Conn.

 

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

 

Ken Doyle

Hop Meadow Country Club

 

Joe Paesani

The Bay Club

 

George Hunter

Deceased PGA Member

 

Ed Rubis

Deceased PGA Member
 

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2017 Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Award

Mia Gryzwinski

Kyle Camello

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2017 JGA Player of the Year

Mia Gryzwinski

Noah Straub

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2017 Section Player of the Year

Brent Paladino

Connecticut State Golf Association

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2017 Senior Player of the Year

 Billy Downes

GREATHORSE

 

2018 Special Award Winners

Gary Sassu Honored as Golf Professional of the Year

Each year, the Connecticut Section PGA presents ten awards to recognize outstanding performance and superior achievements by members of our section. The Special Awards Committee reviewed all nominations and present their recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval. The winners were announced at the Spring Membership Meeting.

The  2018 Golf Professional of the Year is Gary Sassu from Chippanee Country Club.

The other award winners announced at the meeting include: George Connor (Connor Golf), Teacher of the Year; Joe Connerton (Hartford Golf Club), Bill Strasbaugh Award; John Steffen (Twin Hills CC), Horton Smith Award; Jim Mayo (Jim Mayo Golf), Sales Representative of the Year; and Evan Lambert (Hartford Golf Club), Assistant Professional of the Year.

Merchandiser of the Year awards went to Larry Antinozzi (private) of TPC River Highlands, and Jantzen Vargas (public) of Lake of Isles, while player development honors will be awarded to EJ Altobello (youth) of Tekoa CC, and Paul Banks (player development) of Copper Hill Golf Club.

All the recipients will be honored at the Golf Professional of the Year & Special Awards Dinner on Saturday, August 18, at Chippanee Country Club

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Special Awards Committee chairman Ralph Salito, or call the section office.