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



Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award

Annually, the Connecticut Section PGA Officers and Board of Directors nominate all public golf courses in the section that employ a PGA Professional for the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award. For the eighteenth consecutive year, the section will honor a public golf course for its dedication to the promotion of the game of golf.



This year's recipient will be announced at the Spring Membership Meeting at Twin Hills Country Club, East Longmeadow, Mass. The facility is selected for this honor based on an unwavering effort to make golf fun and accessible to all, the advancement of the understanding and application of the Rules of Golf, the enforcement of proper etiquette among its patrons, the promotion of the traditions and values of the game, and the promotion of Junior Golf programs. The award will be presented at the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament on Tuesday, May 29, at Wethersfield Country Club.


If you have any questions about the award or its process, please feel free to contact the Special Awards Committee Chairman Ralph Salito or Sue Bell.


Past recipients:

2017  Tashua Knolls Golf Course

2016  Rockledge Golf Club

2015  Richter Park Golf Course

2014  Willow Brook Golf Course

2013  H. Smith Richardson Golf Course

2012  Copper Hill Golf Course

2011  Alling Memorial Golf Course

2010  Stanley Golf Course

2009  East Mountain Country Club

2008  Shennecossett Golf Course  

2007  Tunxis Country Club

2006  Skungamaug River Golf Course

2005  Timberlin Golf Course

2004  Tallwood Country Club

2003  Lyman Orchards Golf Course

2002  Raceway Golf Club

2001  Canton Public Golf Course




Table of Contents

1 - 2018 Special Award Winners
2 - Special Awards Nominations
3 - Past Special Award Winners
4 - Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award