New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame set to induct inaugural class in October

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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 creating the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame.

In conjunction with the 115th playing of the New Hampshire Amateur Championship, the committee will induct amateur golfers and contributors 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 Oct. 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 “winning-est” 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 as 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.

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