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Third Class of New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Announced: Tina Tombs & Jim Sheerin Set to be Inducted in October

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Committee is excited to announce the Class of 2021 set to be inducted into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame in October.  After a hiatus in 2020 to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two individuals being inducted into the third class are Tina Tombs, LPGA and Jim Sheerin, PGA.  Both honorees have contributed extensively to the game through playing, teaching, and in other roles to grow the game of golf.

 

Tombs’ roots in golf stem from the Granite State where she garnered many accomplishments as an amateur before turning professional and making a name for herself as a player.  She realized her passion for golf at a young age and now shares that passion with others through her business, Tina Tombs Golf, where she teaches players of all ability levels, drawing from her own experiences learning and growing as a player.

 

“I am honored to be inducted into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2021,” stated Tombs.  “I started golfing in 1976, at Manchester Country Club at the age of 14.  When I made the decision to play golf, I had a broken collarbone and was caddying for my mom in the New England Amateur.  At that time, I fell in love with the game, and I knew I wanted to pursue a career in golf.”

 

“I was very fortunate to have a loving, supporting Mom and Dad, sister and brother, a great teacher Phil Friel, and the state of New Hampshire to offer great golf experiences, competitions, and golf courses for me to learn and improve my game,” continued Tombs.  “It means so much to me to be recognized by the state where my career originated, and I am so proud to say that I am a member of the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame.”

 

Similar to Tombs, Jim Sheerin has a long list of accomplishments from a playing perspective, but also as a PGA golf professional where he dedicated much of his time in efforts to grow the game.  Known by many as the consummate professional, he spent 40 years at Abenaqui Country Club, where he began the caddie program that still exists today and contributed in countless other ways to the club which is located in Rye Beach. Jim’s work is a testament to the kind of person Sheerin is on and off the course.

 

Sheerin commented, “Being inducted into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame is a distinct honor. I would not be in this position without the unconditional support of my family and the Abenaqui Country Club membership.”

 

“While serving on committees in New Hampshire over the years I have met dynamic and dedicated golfers,” continued Sheerin.  “This has inspired me to always give one hundred percent of my knowledge and love of golf to the New Hampshire community.”

 

New Hampshire Golf Association Executive Director, Matt Schmidt commented, “We are thrilled that the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame ceremony will again be held in 2021. I want to credit the Hall of Fame committee who identified two worthy inductees. Both Tina and Jim represent the best that golf can bring out in all of us and we’re thrilled to honor both of them and celebrate the game of golf this October.”

 

The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame was established in 2018 to recognize individuals for their contributions to the game of golf in the Granite State. 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.

 

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 21st at Manchester Country Club. The event will be open to the public with tickets available for purchase at a later date.

 

Tina Tombs, LPGA

Tina Tombs has earned many accomplishments over the years from the amateur, professional, and teaching side of the game.  As an amateur, she captured wins in the New Hampshire Girls Junior Championship, NHWGA Championship, and the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship.  She attended school at Arizona State University and became a two-time All American for her success in college.  Following her college career, she began her professional career where she picked up a win in the 1990 LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and remains one of few LPGA Instructors in the world to have won on the LPGA Tour.  Today, she owns and operates Tina Tombs Golf in Arizona where she teaches players of all abilities, drawing on her own experiences learning and playing.  As an instructor she has garnered numerous awards, including being named the LPGA National Teach of the Year in 2014 and 2018.  Most recently, she was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame in 2020.

 

Jim Sheerin, PGA

Jim Sheerin began his golf career at Andover Country Club as a caddie and worked his way to becoming a PGA professional in 1972.  He began his 40-year career at Abenaqui Country Club as the Head Golf Professional in 1975.  While at Abenaqui, he established the caddie program which still exists today and earned the status of PGA Master Professional in 1995.  His playing accomplishments in New Hampshire and New England are unmatched, winning eight New Hampshire PGA Stroke Play Championships, 15 New Hampshire PGA Senior Stroke Play Championships and three New England PGA Senior Championships.  He has qualified and competed in three U.S. Senior Open Championship, three Champions Tour events and one Senior PGA Championship.  Sheerin has won numerous awards with the New Hampshire PGA and the New England PGA over the years.  He was named the New England PGA Professional of the Year in 1998 and in 2015 was inducted into the New England PGA Hall of Fame.

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Second Class to be Inducted into New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Announced

Concord, NH – The
New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Committee is excited to announce the Class of
2019 set to be inducted into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame in October.  Those being inducted into the second class
include:  Phil Pleat; Thomas J. Leonard
Jr.; Laura Shanahan-Rowe, LPGA; and Stan Lencki Sr., PGA.  These four accomplished individuals will join
the ten inductees that were honored at the first New Hampshire Golf Hall of
Fame Induction Ceremony in October of 2018. 

The New Hampshire Golf Hall of
Fame was established in 2018 to recognize individuals for their contributions
to the game of golf in the Granite State. 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.

New Hampshire Golf Association
Executive Director, Matt Schmidt comments saying, “When the Hall of Fame was established
in 2018, we knew of the deep talent pool of golfers that live and compete in
the Granite State. Each year, the HOF Committee continues to be blown away by
the accomplishments of our golfers and the Class of 2019 certainly represents
that.”

“We have the most decorated male
amateur golfer in our history, a USGA Champion, a six-time New Hampshire
Amateur Champion, and the consummate PGA Professional”, continues Schmidt. “We’re
excited to celebrate all of these worthy individuals this fall.”

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be
held on Thursday, October 17 at Manchester Country Club. The event will be open
to the public with tickets available for purchase at a later date.

Philip Pleat

20 seems to be a common theme for Phil’s golf
accomplishments, winning 20 New Hampshire Golf Association championships and
qualifying for and competing in 20 USGA championships.  Phil is the most decorated male golfer in New
Hampshire, collecting three New Hampshire Amateur titles, three New Hampshire
Stroke Play titles, eight New Hampshire Mid-Amateur titles, and six New
Hampshire Senior titles in years ranging from 1981 to 2017.  He has been named the New Hampshire Thomas J.
Leonard, Jr. Player of the Year three times and the New Hampshire Senior Player
of the Year six times.  In 2011, he
finished Runner-up in the 2011 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship and has
competed alongside his son, James, in two USGA events, including the 2012 U.S.
Amateur and the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four Ball. 
He also won back-to-back New England Senior championships in 2016 and
2017.

Thomas J. Leonard, Jr.

“Tommy” Leonard is best-known in golf for winning eight New
Hampshire Amateur titles (1939, 1941, 1947-1952), which held up as a record for
48 years until Bob Mielcarz won his ninth title in 2000.  His record of six consecutive State Amateur
wins still stands today.  Not only that,
but he became the first amateur to win the New Hampshire Open, doing so in
1947.  He also competed in six U.S. Amateur
Championships over the years. Through his accomplishments, the New Hampshire
Player of the Year award is in his name.

Laura Shanahan-Rowe, LPGA

With accomplishments spanning both the amateur and
professional side of golf, Laura Shanahan-Rowe is well-deserving of this
honor.  On the amateur side, one of her
greatest accomplishments is winning the 2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur
Championship, becoming the first female in New Hampshire to win a USGA event.  She also took home titles at the New
Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Championship in 1999 and 2002 and the New England
Women’s Golf Association Championship in 2002. 
Professionally, she has competed in numerous LPGA events and The Legends
Tour events, gathering top-3 finishing spots along the way.  Regionally, she won the 2014 and 2016 New
England Women’s Open and finished second in the 2004 Massachusetts Women’s
Open.  She competed in the inaugural USGA
Senior Women’s Open in 2018 and again in 2019, with a top 20 finish.  Currently, she is a sought-after Teaching
Professional at Sagamore Golf Center in North Hampton, NH, a role which she has
been in since 2009.

Stan Lencki, Sr., PGA

Stan Lencki’s service to the game of golf as a PGA
Professional for over 50 years has earned him his place in the NH Golf Hall of
Fame.  Stan served as an Assistant Golf Professional
under Joe Makara at Manchester Country Club from 1956-1979.  From there, he took over the position of Head
Golf Professional at MCC from 1979-2000. 
In May of 2000 he was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement” award from
the New England PGA and presented a lifetime membership to MCC for his 50 years
of service.  Additionally, a permanently
endowed McDonough Scholarship was named in his honor and in 2001, the McDonough
Foundation created the Stan Lencki Distinguished Service Award.  He was well-known for frequently declining to
be honored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the NEPGA for its “Teacher of the
Year” and “Professional of the Year” awards, but finally accepted the
“Professional of the Year” honor in October of 2000 upon the announcement of
his retirement.

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Jane Blalock Set to be Inducted into Inaugural Class of New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame

The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Committee is happy to announce the latest addition to the inaugural class of the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame, Jane Blalock. Along with the nine other individuals being inducted, Blalock will be recognized for her numerous accomplishments in both her amateur and professional playing career.
A native of Portsmouth, Blalock’s success as an amateur began is 1965 when she won the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship. She won that championship again in 1966 and 1968, with fellow inductee Pat Bradley winning in 1967. Blalock also earned success regionally as she claimed the New England Women’s Amateur Championship title in 1968 and was a vital member of the Rollins College golf team, winning the Florida Intercollegiate Championship in that same year. With a successful amateur career behind her, she turned professional and went on to win 27 LPGA Tour titles and played in 299 consecutive tournaments without missing a cut, a record unmatched on either the LPGA or PGA TOUR.
Her accomplishments extend outside of the playing arena. She was instrumental in the creation of the Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA and helped create the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women. A member of the Legends Golf Hall of Fame, she was also inducted into the New England Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and named the New Hampshire Athlete of the Century in 2000. Her close ties to New Hampshire and her outstanding achievements make her name synonymous with the game of golf in the Granite State.
The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame was established in 2018 to recognize individuals for their contributions to the game of golf in the Granite State. 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.
The complete 2018 class includes Bob Mielcarz, Jesse Guilford, Dana Harrity, Robert ‘Doc’ Elliott, Bill Barrett, Kirk Hanefeld, PGA, Tony Loch, PGA, Phil Friel, PGA, Pat Bradley and Jane Blalock.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 18th at Manchester Country Club. The event will be open to the public with tickets available for purchase soon.

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New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Committee Announces Professional Golfers to be Inducted into Inaugural Class

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Committee is excited to announce the remaining individuals that are to be inducted into the inaugural class.  As the selection process is complete the committee is announcing the professional golfers that have been selected based on their professional accomplishments. Those golfers are: Kirk Hanefeld, PGA, Tony Loch, PGA, Phil Friel, PGA, and Pat Bradley.
The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame was established in 2018 to recognize individuals for their contributions to the game of golf in the Granite State. 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.
“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. The establishment of the HOF 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”, says NHGA Executive Director, Matt Schmidt.
On July 8th, the amateur golfers and contributors to the game that will be inducted in October were announced. The complete 2018 class includes Bob Mielcarz, Jesse Guilford, Dana Harrity, Robert ‘Doc’ Elliott, Bill Barrett, Kirk Hanefeld, PGA, Tony Loch, PGA, Phil Friel, PGA, and Pat Bradley.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 18th at Manchester Country Club. The event will be open to the public with tickets available for purchase later this summer.
Kirk Hanefeld, PGA
Kirk Hanefeld was a stand-out junior golfer in New Hampshire.  He won both the New Hampshire Junior Championship and the Red Ryan CYO tournament three times.  He then went on to win the New Hampshire Amateur Championship two times and won the New England Amateur Championship following that.  Since turning professional, he has won five State Opens, including the New Hampshire Open, and has participated in 3 PGA TOUR majors and 26 PGA TOUR Champions majors.  Hanefeld has made 71 starts on the PGA TOUR Champions since joining in 2006.  He currently holds the position of Director of Instruction at Salem Country Club in Massachusetts.
Tony Loch, PGA
Tony Loch has been a PGA Professional for over 50 years, serving the majority of that time as Head Golf Professional at Portsmouth Country Club.  During this time, he helped start the New Hampshire Chapter of the New England PGA and was part of a group of five individuals who started the Seacoast Amateur Golf Championship.  Over the years he has won over 100 Pro-Am tournaments throughout New England and was named the New Hampshire Chapter Professional of the Year in 1978.  Loch has enjoyed a long and distinguished golf career in New Hampshire.
Phil Friel, PGA
Phil Friel contributed to New Hampshire golf from the professional playing side along with building golf courses around New England.  On the playing side, Friel has won the New Hampshire Open, Maine Open, and New England PGA Championship.  He has competed in seven PGA Championships and was inducted into the New England Professional Golfers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1996.  He was the former Head Golf Professional at three different golf courses before building his first course, Green Meadow Golf Club.  He ended up owning 10 golf courses throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Pat Bradley
Pat Bradley is a well-known name around the golf industry.  She began her playing days as an amateur, winning both the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Championship and the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship twice.  After joining the LPGA in 1974, she went on to win 31 titles.  She made four Solheim Cup appearances and has been named the LPGA Player of the Year two times.  Bradley was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 for her numerous accomplishments.
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New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Set to Induct Inaugural Class in October

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA), New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association (NHWGA), New Hampshire Chapter of the New England PGA (NHPGA), and the New Hampshire Golf Course Superintendent’s Association (NHGCSA) are excited to announce the creation of the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame.  In conjunction with the 115th playing of the New Hampshire Amateur Championship, the committee is announcing the amateur golfers and contributors that will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame.  Those inductees include:  Bob Mielcarz, Jesse Guilford, Dana Harrity, Robert ‘Doc’ Elliot, and Bill Barrett.
In addition to the five amateurs and contributors, the professional golfers being inducted will be announced in conjunction with the New Hampshire Open Championship taking place July 23-25.
The New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame was established in 2018 to recognize individuals for their contributions to the game of golf in the Granite State. 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.
“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. The establishment of the HOF 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”, says NHGA ExecutivE Director, Matt Schmidt.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 18th at Manchester Country Club. The event will be open to the public with tickets available for purchase at a later date.
Bob Mielcarz
Bob Mielcarz is the winningest player in the history of the New Hampshire Amateur Championship.  He racked up nine State Amateur titles with his first coming in 1977 and the most recent in 2000.  He is the only player to have won the Amateur in four different decades.  Making his mark on New Hampshire golf, he also won the NH Senior Championship three times, has been named the NH Player of the Year three times, and the NH Senior Player of the Year two times.  He has competed in three U.S. Senior Amateur Championships, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2005.
Jesse Guilford
Three-time New Hampshire Amateur Champion, three-time Massachusetts Amateur Champion, and 1921 U.S. Amateur Champion, Jesse Guilford is to be inducted for his many amateur golf accomplishments.  Guilford was a member of three of the first four Walker Cup teams where the U.S. won all three times he was a part of the team.  As a founding member of Intervale Country Club, Guilford set the bar for New Hampshire amateur golfers in the early years of competitive golf in the Granite State.
Dana Harrity
As a 16-time New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Championship winner, Dana Harrity is the most decorated female amateur golfer in the Granite State.  Adding to those accomplishments, she has also won the NHWGA Senior Championship two times, bringing her NHWGA victory total to 18.  On a larger scale, she won the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship in 2014 and has competed in seven U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championships.  From 2015 to 2017 she led the NHWGA has President.
Robert ‘Doc’ Elliott
Doc Elliott served as Secretary and Treasurer of the New Hampshire Golf Association for 35 years beginning in 1963.  During that time, the NHGA’s activities expanded to include the 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.
Bill Barrett
Bill Barrett is highly recognized for his work at a golf course superintendent.  He served eight years at 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 Superintendent’s Association (NHGCSA) and was instrumental in the establishment of the by-laws that are still in use today.