The New Jersey Section Hall of Fame is a prestigious group of PGA Professionals that includes PGA Tour winners, multiple area Major champions, past presidents, and those who provide a service to the Section. Nominations are accepted for a nominee for any given year by June 15th. For 2020, nominations must be sent to the Hall of Fame Chairman, Kevin Maciorowski, via email at email@example.com
1940 National Hall of Fame member and 1989 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Jim Barnes was one of three Europeans to win three different major championships around the world. Barnes was a three-time Western Open winner and won the 1939 State Open, 1925 British Open, 1921 U.S. Open, and 1916 and 1919 National PGA Championship.
James Dante was a co-founder of the New Jersey Section in 1931 and served as President of the New Jersey PGA for seven years. Dante was also an author of three best-selling golf books, and was Head Professional at Braidburn Country Club from 1923-1938 and Suburban Golf Club from 1939-1943.
Three-time U.S. Ryder Cup team member and longtime Baltusrol Golf Club Head Professional, John Farrell was a 1928 U.S. Open and 1936 State Open Winner. The National PGA Hall of Fame member also had 22 PGA Tour wins and won seven consecutive U.S. Tour Events in a row.
On the course, Vic Ghezzi was a three-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, winner of the 1941 National PGA Championship, won the New Jersey PGA Championship three times, and was also a three-time State Open champion. Off the course, the former Deal Golf Club Head Professional was president of the New Jersey Section and is a National PGA Hall of Fame member.
Former Knickerbocker Country Club head professional and New Jersey PGA Office, Otto Greiner still holds the course record at Tenafly, NJ club with a 64. In addition to that feat, Greiner won the 1955 New Jersey PGA Championship, 1954 Met Open, 1964 Dodge Open, and was a five-time Pro-Pro Championship winner.
A former New Jersey PGA President, George Jacobus served as a pioneer for junior golf and taught Byron Nelson while he was on tour. Jacobus served his tenure at Ridgewood Country Club as Head Professional from 1913-1965, and was president of the PGA of America for an unprecedented seven years from 1932-1939.
John Kinder served as Plainfield Country Club's Head Professional from 1936-1956. The former New JErsey PGA President was a winner of four New Jersey PGA Championships, and three State Championships in 1931, 1932, and 1940.
Babe Lichardus was named the New Jersey PGA Player of the Decade from 1963-1973, and was a member of the National PGA Cup Match Team two times, as well as the National PGA Quarter-Century three times. He won the Section's PGA Championship five times, and was a four-time State Open winner and Dodge Open winner 1966-1968.
Jack Mitchell, who served as Vice-President of the PGA of America from 1959-1962, won the State Open in 1941, 1946 and 1948, the 1946 Pro-Pro Championship, and 1946 New Jersey PGA Championship. Mitchell also served as a New Jersey PGA President and was the Head Professional at Essex County Country Club for 27 years and Spring Brook Country Club for 11 years.
Emery Thomas, a former New Jersey Section President, was a five-time New Jersey PGA Championship winner, five-time Pro-Pro winner, and two-time State Open winner. He was named the most "Outstanding Professional Athlete" in 1951 by the New Jersey Sports Award, and was elected into the Bloomfield N.J. Hall of Fame in 1983.
Craig Wood, a 1956 PGA Hall of Fame inductee and former Hollywood Golf Club and Forest Hill Field Club Head Professional, is a winner of 21 Tour Events from 1928 to 1944. Wood's best highlighted wins include the 1934 State Open, 1940 Met Open, 1941 U.S. Open, 1941 Masters, 1942 Canadian Open, and four New Jersey PGA Championships.
The Great Gorge Golf Club Head Professional from 1971-1981 was a former Section President from 1972-1973, and won the New Jersey PGA Championship in 1968, 1970 1971, and 1981. The 1967 Athlete of the Year was also the State Open winner in 1967.
PGA Professional, Danny Williams Sr. was a half century member who helped originate the New Jersey Section in 1931 as a co-founder and served as Vice-President for the New Jersey PGA. During his career, Williams won the Sherwood Forest Open and was named the Golf Professional of the Year in 1963.
Tom Ulozas, the 1968 New Jersey PGA Professional of the Year, played on the PGA Tour from 1971-1973 and Senior PGA Tour from 1994-1996. He was named New Jersey PGA Player of the Year from 1976-1979, played in four U.S. Open Championships, two PGA Championships, and won the 1978 State Open, 1979 New Jersey PGA Championship, 1971 Maumelle Open, and 1970 Dodge Open.
In 1970, Billy Ziobro became the first player to capture the State Open and State Amateur titles in the same year. The Forsgate Country Club Head Professional also won the Dodge Open in 1971 & 1975, the Section Championship in 1976, the Datsun Open in 1978 and the Pro Pro Championship in 1979 as well as the New England Match Play in 1982 and the Vermont Open in 1989. Billy also competed on the PGA Tour logging ten top 10 finishes and played in events such as the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Players Championship and Senior PGA Championship.
David Glenz was a six-time New Jersey PGA Player of the Year, winner of 14 New Jersey PGA titles and two Met Open Championships. He competed in five PGA Championships, four U.S. Open Championships and 12 PGA Club Professional Championships. Glenz was honored as New Jersey Teacher of the Year from 1988-1989 and was also on the New Jersey PGA Board of Directors for five years.
For 30 years, Ed Whitman served as Knickerbocker Country Club's Head Professional. During that time, he had a record low-score at the State Open with a 17-under par finish and a record-tying four State Open titles. Whitman holds 20 New Jersey Major titles, and competed in the 1993 U.S. Open, four PGA Championships, and 11 PGA Club Professional Championships.
Leo Charles "Jack" Kiefer, the former 1983 New Jersey Section Player of the Year won the 1975, 1976, and 1983 State Open, 1985 Dodge Open, 1990 New Jersey Senior Open and 1990 New Jersey Senior PGA Championship. He earned over $2 million on the Senior PGA Tour after joining in 1990 and claimed the 1994 Ralph’s Senior Classic.
Former Hollywood Golf Club Head Professional Louis Barbaro, who served at the position for more than 30 years, won the 1952 New Jersey PGA Championship, 1953 and 1959 State Open in addition to the other victories in the National Senior PGA Championship, National PGA Quarter Century Championship, Providence Open, and Panama Open.
Michael Burke competed in 11 National CLub Pro Championships, five U.S. Open Championships, and seven National PGA Championships. The four-time New Jersey PGA Player of the Year won the New Jersey PGA Match Play three times, 1992 New Jersey PGA Championship, 1998 Ricoh Charity Clambake, 1997 JB Hanauer Classic, 1986 Dodge Open, and 1985 and 1986 New Jersey Assistant Championship.
Essex Fells Country Club's former Head Professional, Russ Helwig, was a two-time State Open winner and 1980 Dodge Open champion. He served on the New Jersey PGA Board of Directors as President and Vice President, and was honored as Section Player of the Year in 1980, and Senior Section Player of the Year from 1997-1999.
Former Essex Fells Country Club Head Professional, Stan Mosel, qualified for eight U.S. Open's, four PGA Championships, the 1983 U.S. Senior Open, and the 1982 & 1983 Senior PGA Championship. Moel was also a five-time Pro-Pro Champion, two-time Pro-Assistant Champion, winner of the Ballantine Open in 1956, 1957 & 1958, winner of the New Jersey PGA Championship in 1956 & 1967, winner of the Dodge Open in 1965, and winner of the State Open in 1955.
The New Jersey Professional of the Year in 1980 & 1989 and 1994 Senior Player of the Year won the Senior State Open from 1994-1996, Bob Ross also won the Philadelphia PGA Championship and Pennsylvania Open both in 1967. He was also honored as National Merchandiser of the Year in 1989 and National Professional of the Year in 1981.
The former Crestmont Country Club Head Professional is a Past President of the New Jersey PGA and served on the Board of Directors. His victories included the 2002 New Jersey Senior PGA Championship and the 1994 & 1995 New Jersey Senior Open. He was a three-time Senior Player of the Year and recipient of the 2001 Merchandiser of the Year Award, four-time winner of the Bill Strausbaugh Award and two-time winner of the Golf Professional of the Year Award.
Navesink Country Club’s Steve Sieg earned his first professional win in 1989 at the New Jersey State Open, and has professional victories in three different decades, including the 1991 and 2002 New Jersey PGA Championship, and 1998 and 2006 Head Professional Championship. He also earned honors such as the 1991 New Jersey PGA Horton Smith Award and the 1993 New Jersey PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award.
Honored as the 1997 Player of the Year, Chris Dachisen, who spent a majority of his career as the Head Professional at the North Jersey Country Club, competed in the 1990 PGA Championship and won the 1990 Nissan Charity Classic, 1991 Dodge Open, 1991 and 2000 Charity CLassic, 1994 and 1997 Players Championship, 1997 Match Play Championship, 2000 Section Championship, and 1997 and 2001 New Jersey State Open.
William H. Burgess Jr., the former 34-year Arcola Country Club Head Professional, began his career winning the 1987 Nissan Charity Classic and gathered many awards, including the 2002 Golf Professional of the Year, 1998 and 1999 Bill Strausbaugh Award, Horton Smith Award in 1988 and 1990, and 1992 Teacher of the Year.
As the head professional at Echo Lake Country Club from 1956-1960, AL Mengert won the Pro Pro Championship four times, State Open three times, the 1960 New Jersey PGA Championship, and the 1960 Met Openl. The 1960 NEw Jersey Athlete of the Year also competed in four Masters, three U.S.Open Championships, and one PGA Championship.
2002 Player of the Year and three time Senior Player of the Year, Bill Britton, won the Section Championship in 2005 & 2006, the Charity Clambake in 2011 & 2013, the New Jersey Senior Open four times and the New Jersey Senior PGA Championship six times. He was also awarded with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2008. On the national level, Britton won the 2009 Senior PGA Professional Championship and notched Top-10 finishes at the 1990 Masters and 1990 PGA Championship.
Five-time New Jersey PGA Player of the Year and 2014 Senior New Jersey PGA Player of the Year, Frank Esposito Jr. won the New Jersey PGA Championship five-times, Lincoln Charity Clambake three times, Match Play Championship, and the Fall Finale twice. Esposito earned a full exemption for the Champions Tour in 2015, and competed in the 1992 U.S. Open, two PGA Championships, and two Senior PGA Championships.
Bill King began serving the Spring Lake Golf Club as Head Professional in 1991 and earned many honors during his tenure. Bill was the recipient of the Merchandiser of the Year Award in 1998, the Golf Professional of the Year in 2009 and the Patriot Award in 2015. He also enjoyed an impressive playing career with victories at the Assistant Championship in 1988 & 1989, the Section Championship in 1988 & 1993 and the Senior Open Championship in 2007.
Baker Maddera, who served as Head Professional at the Rock Spring Club for over 25 years, was recognized as the 1997 Golf Professional of the Year, 1994 & 1995 Horton Smith Award winner and 1987 Assistant Professional of the Year. As a competitor, Maddera competed in three U.S. Open Championships in 1983, 1988, and 1994 as well as the 1992 PGA Championship. He also won the 2002 NJSGA State Open and New Jersey PGA Match Play Championship in 1988 and 1996.
Following his Academic All-American collegiate years at Jacksonville University, Schaare served as Head Professional at Knob Hill, Glenwood and Battleground. During that time, he was a three-time New Jersey PGA Player of the Year in 2000, 2005 and 2008 with victories in the Charity Clambake in 2000 and 2008, the Charity Classic in 2005 and the Match Play Championship in 2008.
Doug Steffen competed in the 1975 U.S. Open, 1984 PGA Championship and 2007 U.S. Senior Open. He also served as host PGA Professional for the 2005 and 20016 PGA Championship which were hosted at Baltusrol. He was awarded the 2007 PGA of America Private Merchandiser of the Year, 2005 and 2007 New Jersey PGA Private Merchandiser of the Year, 2008 New Jersey PGA Golf Professional of the Year and concluded his career in 2016 with his second New Jersey PGA Golf Professional of the Year honor in his 20th season as Head Professional at the Baltusrol Golf Club.
Lloyd Monroe, who served in the New Jersey Section at Spring Brook Country Club and Upper Montclair Country Club, competed in five U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, two U.S. Senior Opens and two Senior PGA Championships. Monroe is also a four-time Pro-Scratch Championship winner and a former Dodge Open winner in 1974 and 1978.
Brent Studer has been a member of the New Jersey Section since 1994 and excelled both on and off the golf course. On the course, he is a three-time Section Championship winner and two-time Charity Clambake winner. Studer has also competed at the highest level by competing in the 1994 U.S. Open and 2015 U.S. Senior Open. Off the course, he is a two-time Private Merchandiser of the Year and the 1999 Golf Professional of the Year.
Charlie Cowell, the 1992 New Jersey PGA Player of the Year, won the 1992 Assistants Championship, 1992 State Open and 1994 Met Open. In 1999, Cowell defeated his former college coach and New Jersey PGA Hall of Fame Member, Peter Famiano, in the finals to win the Match Play Championship.
Wayne Warms, former Head Professional at Manasquan River Golf Club and Due Process Stable, served on the Board of Directors and earned a number of awards over his career including the Horton Smith award in 1984, Teacher of the Year award in 2003, Junior Golf Leader award winner from 1985-1996 and the National Junior Golf Leader award in 1995.