New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame createdStaff report
July 08. 2018 12:04AM
As the 115th New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship kicks off today in Hanover, the state's golf entities have decided to add another annual tradition.
The NHGA, along with New Hampshire Women's Golf Association, New Hampshire Chapter of the New England PGA and the New Hampshire Golf Course Superintendents Association, have announced the creation of the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame. The inaugural class of players and contributors to receive induction will be Bob Mielcarz, Jesse Guilford, Dana Harrity, Robert "Doc" Elliot and Bill Barrett.
"The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals for their contributions to the game of golf in the Granite State," said the NHGA in a joint press release. "The Hall of Fame seeks to identify those who have had a profound effect on the game through accomplishments in playing, volunteerism, teaching, or any activity that has made a positive impact on the game within New Hampshire."
Mielcarz took home nine State Amateur titles, with his first coming in 1977 and the most recent in 2000, while being the only player to win the State Am in four decades. Mielcarz also won the New Hampshire Senior Championship three times, has been named the New Hampshire Player of the Year three times, and the New Hampshire Senior Player of the Year two times.
Guilford, a founding member of Intervale Country Club in Manchester, was three-time New Hampshire Amateur Champion, three-time Massachusetts Amateur Champion, and the 1921 U.S. Amateur Champion.
Harrity has set the bar for New Hampshire's female golfers with a record 16 NHWGA Amateur titles. Harrity's other titles include two NHWGA Senior Championships and a New England Women's Golf Association Championship in 2014. She also closed a three-year term as NHWGA president last year.
Elliott served as secretary and treasurer of the New Hampshire Golf Association for 35 years, beginning in 1963. Elliot aided several expansions of the NHGA's activities during his tenure, including the addition of 36-hole stroke play qualifying to determine the 64-player match play field for the New Hampshire Amateur Championship, the creation of the New Hampshire Senior Championship in 1972, the creation of the New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship in 1984, and creation of the Father/Son (now known as the Parent-Child) Championship in 1990.
Barrett is highly recognized for his work as a golf course superintendent. He served eight years as superintendent at Portsmouth Country Club and was involved in the building of the 12th hole there. Barrett was a co-founder of the New Hampshire Golf Course Superintendents Association and was instrumental in the establishment of the by-laws that are still in use today.
"New Hampshire is a state rich in golf history and tradition. It only seemed fitting that those individuals that have made such a profound impact on the game should be honored through the creation of the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame," NHGA executive director Matt Schmidt said. "The establishment of the Hall of Fame has been a process that has taken more than a year and we're thrilled with the individuals that will be formally inducted this fall. I want to thank the Hall of Fame Committee, and in particular chair Dave Larrivee, for all of the hard work that has gone in to the selection of the first class."
In addition to the five amateurs and contributors announced in conjunction with the start of the State Am, the professional golfers being inducted will be announced in conjunction with the New Hampshire Open Championship taking place July 23-25. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Manchester Country Club. The event will be open to the public with tickets available for purchase at a later date.