Class of 2016 - MASSGOLF

CLASS OF 2016

The 2016 class was officially inducted into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame at the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame Gala, which was held October 13, 2016, at Andover Country Club. The official announcement about the celebration was delivered at the 2016 Massachusetts Open Championship Media Day, which was held at Worcester Country Club on May 17.

The Class of 2016, which represents amateur and professionals whose careers have spanned more than 100 years, features Bob Crowley, Bill Flynn, Joe Lazaro, Anne Marie TobinFrank Vana, Jr. and Herbert Warren Wind.

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BOB CROWLEY

Hometown

NEWTON, MA

Induction Category

PLAYER/PROFESSIONAL

Birthdate

N/A

Bob Crowley won the MGA Open four times (1957, ’62, ’66 and ’73) and won the New England PGA Championship five times (1959, ’61, ’62, ’63 and ’67). In all, the five-time NEPGA Player of the Year won more than 400 tournaments in his professional career. To read Crowley’s full bio, CLICK HERE


 

BILL FLYNN

Hometown

DANVERS, MA

Induction Category

BUILDER

Birthdate

N/A

Bill Flynn spearheaded the restoration of both Franklin Park Golf Course and George Wright Golf Course and helped to develop a state-wide junior golf program in Massachusetts. He won the Vermont Open (1959), the Mass Open (1963), and the New England PGA Championship (1968). To read Flynn’s full bio, CLICK HERE


 

JOE LAZARO 

Hometown

WALTHAM, MA

Induction Category

PLAYER/BUILDER

Birthdate

JANUARY 8, 1918

Joe Lazaro won the U.S. Blind Golf Association National Championship eight times (1962, ’64, ’67, ’68, ’69, ’71, ’73 and ’74). He also won the USBGA National Senior Championship in 2007, the year he was inducted into the USBGA Hall of Fame. To read Lazaro’s full bio, CLICK HERE


 

ANNE MARIE TOBIN

Hometown

READING, MA

Induction Category

PLAYER

Birthdate

N/A

Anne Marie Tobin won the WGAM Amateur a record seven times (1988, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95 and 2000). The three-time WGAM Player of the Year also was a quarterfinalist in both the 1990 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and 1991 U.S. Women’s Amateur. To read Tobin’s full bio, CLICK HERE


 

FRANK VANA, JR. 

Hometown

FRAMINGHAM, MA

Induction Category

PLAYER

Birthdate

AUGUST 21, 1962

Frank Vana, Jr. has won the MGA Amateur twice (2004 and ’05) and won the MGA Mid-Amateur a record nine times (1999, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’12, and ’13). The 9-time Mass Golf Player of the Year and 4-time Mass Golf Senior Player of the Year and also has competed in more than 30 USGA events and won the 2020 New England Senior Amateur. To read Vana’s full bio, CLICK HERE


 

HERBERT WARREN WIND

Hometown

BROCKTON, MA

Induction Category

INNOVATOR

Birthdate

AUGUST 11, 1916

Herbert Warren Wind wrote about golf for decades for The New Yorker and was the first golf editor for Sports Illustrated. He also wrote or edited 14 books about golf, including The Story of American Golf and Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. To read Wind’s full bio, CLICK HERE