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NEPGA Member Bob Beach Wins 2014 Conrad Rehling Award
First presented in 2005, the Rehling Award honors the late PGA Master Professional who followed a successful collegiate coaching career at Florida and Alabama by transforming his retirement into inspiring PGA Professionals to give back to those with intellectual and physical disabilities. Rehling died in April 2007 at age 87. Rehling was the founding father of the Special Olympics Golf movement in 1988, and spearheaded The PGA of America’s efforts to introduce golf to Special Olympics. The Association and its more than 28,000 men and women professionals have dedicated countless hours, services and funding to the growth of Special Olympics Golf.
Beach has spent most of his 23-year PGA career of helping all people facing intellectual, developmental, and physical challenges. He does not recognize the word "disability", only the phrase "different abilities". Bob's work over many years providing support and encouragement to our veterans won him the highly prestigious PGA of America's Patriot Award in 2013, and last year, was among the winners of the Myra Kraft Foundation for continuous community service.
Pictured is George Kent, Development Officer for Massachusetts Special Olympics; Kevin Riordan, a friend of Bob’s with different abilities who played on the Braintree Golf Team and also worked for Bob at Braintree; NEPGA Head Professional Bob Beach, PGA and NEPGA President Larry Kelley, PGA.
NEPGA Announces the 2015 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees
With 200 PGA Professionals in attendance, the 2015 NEPGA Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees were announced at the Section Spring Meeting at Andover Country Club on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
Allan Belden, PGA
Donnie Lyons, PGA
Jim Sheerin, PGA
Allan Belden, PGA Head Professional at Worcester Country Club has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Golf Professional of the Year.
“My initial reaction when Larry called me was one of a bit of disbelief,” said Belden. “My first response was one of being totally humbled. To be in a section with so many great professionals and be recognized by your peers is truly an honor. There are so many deserving golf professionals whom I deeply respect, that I cannot properly express in words how honored I am to be the recipient of this award.”
The Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015 are Donnie Lyons, PGA and Jim Sheerin, PGA.
Donnie Lyons, PGA is the General Manager of Reedy Meadow Golf Course, the Head Professional at Settlers Crossing Golf Course and also District One Director of The PGA of America.
“I was surprised and honored to hear that I was elected into the Hall of Fame when Larry Kelley, NEPGA President, called me to share this wonderful news,” said Lyons. “The only two PGA Professionals that I worked for are also Hall of Fame Members and I am so touched to have now joined them in our Hall. I worked for Bill Barclay at Salem Country Club from 1974 to 1980 and then worked for Bill Flynn at both Thomson Country Club and George Wright Golf Course from 1981 to 1999. It is astonishing that I am now joining my good friends Jim Remy, Jack Neville, Steve Napoli, and Tom Tetrault in the Hall along with all of the other outstanding Hall of Fame Members.”
Jim Sheerin, PGA is the Director of Golf at The Abenaqui Club.
“I was in the car driving Pam to a class, my cell phone rang and Larry proceeded to tell me that Donnie Lyons and I were nominated to the NEPGA Hall of Fame,” said Sheerin while reflecting on hearing the news. “I felt overwhelmed with joy and personally honored. As we approached our destination I stopped and said a prayer of thanks. I thought of John Boda Sr. who I worked for as a young apprentice at the Andover Country Club. I believe Mr. Boda is one of the first NEPGA Professionals inducted into the Hall."
What's Happening in the NEPGA
Hopefully you started your Sunday off right by watching the National Drive, Chip & Putt Championship on the Golf Channel! Our Executive Director Mike Higgins was in attendance helping the players through the competition. Here he is on the right behind PGA Vice President Paul Levy. The contestants representing New England: Joey Lenane of Dedham, MA (Boys 10-11), Conner Willett of Wellesley, MA (Boys 12-13) and Molly Smith of Tyngsboro, MA (Girls 7-9)!
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