2015 PGA Hall of Fame and Champions Tribute
The second-annual Connecticut PGA Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute was held on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Lake of Isles. This awards evening included the induction of a new class into the Hall of Fame, the winners of the 2015 PGA Member Championship events will be presented with their trophies, as well as honoring the Player of the Year, Senior Player of the Year, and the winner of the President’s Award.
The 2015 Hall of Fame Induction & Champions Tribute was Presented by:
and Supported by:
The 2015 Class of Inductees:
Tim Gavronski is a PGA Quarter Century Member, and is in his 14th season as Head Golf Professional at Shuttle Meadow Country Club, having previously spent 13 seasons as Head Golf Professional at the Black Hall Club. A major proponent of the Section and participant in its governance, Gavronski has served on nearly every Committee in the Connecticut Section. From 2001 - 2002, Gavronski served as President of the Section's Board of Directors. Gavronski was named the 1998 Connecticut Section PGA Professional of the Year, and is one of the most decorated award winners in the section, having been honored with Teacher of the Year (1995), the Bill Strausbaugh Award (1999 and 2011), the Horton Smith recipient (1995), the Youth Player Developer (2009), the Merchandiser of the Year (2000), and the President’s Award (2005) for his efforts to raise money for the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation. Gavronski has singularly raised over $72,000 for the Foundation and junior golf through his annual golf marathon efforts. Gavronski has also participated in two Travelers Championships, in 1995 and 1999.
Tony Kelley has been serving for 30 years as Head Golf Professional at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, Mass. He also has an impressive playing career, winning several premier golf championships, including five (5) Connecticut PGA Championships (1988, 1989, 1996, 2000 and 2012), the 2014 Senior Connecticut PGA Championship, is a 3-time Section Player of the Year (1999, 2000 and 2009), and a 2-time Senior Section Player of the Year (2009 and 2013). Kelley has also captured the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship twice (1998 and 2005), and also participated in eight (8) Travelers Championships (1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2009). Kelley is a PGA Quarter Century member, and ranks tied for fourth all-time with nine (9) Section individual professional championship titles.
Jim Orsi spent 33 years as golf professional at New London Country Club (now Great Neck Country Club) from 1955-1988. Orsi got his start as a caddy at Shennecossett Golf Course and progressed to the rank of Assistant Professional under the legendary Del Kinney. Orsi followed Kinney to New London Country Club, and in 1955 Orsi became the youngest Head Golf Professional in the Connecticut Section at the age of 26. He is a Half Century PGA Member, having earned PGA Class A Membership in 1955, and was the 1969 Connecticut Section PGA Professional of the Year. Orsi served as the Secretary of the Connecticut Section PGA from 1962 to 1971 and wrote for the PGA Magazine from 1967 to 1970. During World War Two, Orsi served for the U.S. Army for three years, including a 16 month tour of Italy as part of the 115th Military Police Organization.