Adam Rainaud, assistant golf professional at the Black Hall Club, won his third consecutive Bob Shea Player of the Year title in 2016. Rainaud amassed a total of 467 points during the 2016 season and sealed Player of the Year honors with his victory at the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship at Bull's Bridge Golf Club.
Rainaud compiled a 69.0 stroke average and claimed a total of six (6) victories on the year, including the CTPGA Senior/ Junior Pro-Pro at Lake of Isles, the Spring PGA Stroke Play, the Assistant Connecticut PGA Championship, the PGA Pro-Assistant Championship, the Connecticut Open, the Longmeadow CC PGA Pro-Am, the Connecticticut PGA Championship, the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship and the Great Neck PGA Pro-Sr Am.
The Player of the Year award began in 1970 and Dick Stranahan won the first two titles. In the 1980's the Player of the Year award was named after Bob Shea who served as the section executive director from 1980-1993.
No one has won more section Player of the Year titles than Paul Ryiz who has won a record nine titles.