The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame will induct its second ever class -- Phil Pleat, Thomas J. Leonard Jr., Laura Shanahan-Rowe and Stan Lencki Sr. -- on Oct. 17 at Manchester Country Club.
The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame was established last year to recognize individuals for their contributions to the game in the Granite State. The Hall of Fame considers candidates' accomplishments, volunteer and teaching efforts and any other activities they participated in that had a positive impact on the game.
Over his career, Leonard Jr. won eight New Hampshire Golf Association State Amateur titles (1939, 1941, 1947-52), which was the most ever by a golfer until Bob Mielcarz won his ninth in 2000. Leonard Jr. is the only golfer to win the State Am six consecutive times. The New Hampshire Player of the Year award is in his name.
Pleat is currently playing in the State Am and has won 20 NHGA championships -- three State Am, three Stroke Play, eight Mid-Amateur and six Senior -- in his career. He has been named the New Hampshire Thomas J. Leonard Player of the Year three times and the state's senior player of the year six times.
Shanahan-Rowe became the first female in New Hampshire to win a USGA event when she took the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship crown in 2001. As an amateur, she won the New Hampshire Women's Golf Association Championship twice (1999, 2002) and the New England Women's Golf Association Championship in 2002. As a professional, she competed in numerous LPGA and The Legends Tour events. She has been the teaching professional at Sagamore Golf Center in North Hampton since 2009.
Lencki Sr. was an assistant golf professional under Joe Makara at Manchester Country Club from 1956-1979 before serving as the head professional from 1979-2000. He received a lifetime achievement award from the New England PGA for his 50 years of service as a PGA professional in 2000, the year in which he announced his retirement.