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




Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award

Westwoods Knolls Golf Course

Farmington, Conn.



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



2017 Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Award

Mia Gryzwinski

Kyle Camello



2017 JGA Player of the Year

Mia Gryzwinski

Noah Straub



2017 Section Player of the Year

Brent Paladino

Connecticut State Golf Association



2017 Senior Player of the Year

 Billy Downes



Special Awards Nominations

The 2018 Special Award Nominations Now Being Accepted


2018 Special Awards Call to Action


Each year, the Connecticut Section PGA presents ten awards to recognize outstanding performance and superior achievements by members of our section. For 2018, the Officers and Board of Directors are asking you, the members of the Connecticut Section, to submit the names of those you feel are deserving of one of these awards to Chairman Ralph Salito and the Special Awards Committee. For your convenience, you may use the Special Awards Nomination Form. PGA members may nominate more than one professional for any award and may also nominate as many professionals as they wish. The committee will also have the option to place additional names in the group for consideration. The deadline to submit nominations is January 30, 2018.


All nominees will then be notified and will be asked to submit documentation to the committee for review.


As always, the Committee will then review all nominations and present their recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval. The winners will be announced at the Spring Membership Meeting.


Thank you for your participation in this important membership process. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Ralph Salito, Chairman, ralphsalito@aol.com or call the section office.


Deadline to submit nominations:

January 30, 2018