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

 

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