2013 Golf Hall of Fame inductees, keynote speaker announced for Sept. 23 event

Staff Report

Rockford Park District recently announced the newest members who will soon join the Rockford Area Golf Hall of Fame: Nell Frewin-Hays, Marianne Floberg-Kaiser and Seth B. Atwood and family.

In 2005, the Rockford Area Golf Hall of Fame began as a way to recognize, preserve and promote the heritage of golf in the Rockford area. The Hall of Fame honors the contributions and accomplishments of individuals who are worthy of recognition and are examples for others to emulate. Inductees are selected through careful consideration by screening and selection committees composed of knowledgeable golf experts representing area groups and organizations, including previous Hall of Fame inductees.

The Golf Hall of Fame Play Day and Induction Ceremony Dinner takes place Monday, Sept. 23. The Play Day will be at Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road, Rockford. Event begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 (including dinner). Reservations are due by Sept. 13.

The Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Dinner will begin with a social hour and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 23, at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., keynote speaker Brittany Lincicome will speak at 7 p.m., and the Induction Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are due by Sept. 13. Cost for the Induction Ceremony Dinner only is $50. Corporate tables are available for groups of 10 people, and include dinner, hole sponsorship and recognition in the awards program.

For more information, or to make reservations, call (815) 987-1602. Proceeds from the silent auction go to Rockford Park District youth golf programs.

2013 Golf Hall of Fame inductees

Nell Frewin-Hays — Nell Frewin-Hays was born and raised in Rockford, and is a product of the Rockford Park District’s youth golf program. Nell was just 6 years old when she started to tag along with her mother and aunts as they golfed at Sinnissippi Golf Course and Ingersoll Golf Course. At the age of 8, she participated in the Rockford Park District’s Girls Tournament, and at the age of 12, she played her first Women’s Golf Classic. While she never won either tournament, she used the experience as a way to foster relationships and develop lifelong career skills. After college, Nell began her teaching career in Biloxi, Miss. She attended PGA Business Schools I and II, and finished in the top 5 percent of her class. Nell held the position of head professional at Placid Lakes Country Club in Florida for eight years, and taught for the Stratton Golf Academy for a year. Nell also pursued a golf course management goal, and worked with American Golf Corporation (AGC), the largest golf course management company in the U.S. For nine years, she managed AGC courses in the south Florida market. From 1997 to 2001, Nell managed Golf Hammock Country Club in Sebring, Fla., where she continues to teach golf on a part-time basis. She serves as a public information officer and crime prevention practitioner with the Highland County Sheriff’s office. Nell was also just inducted into the prestigious LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Hall of Fame at the end of the Solheim Cup in Parker, Colo.

Marianne Floberg-Kaiser — Marianne started golfing at a very early age. Her grandparents loved to play, and would take her out on the course. Eventually, tagging along on the golf course would lead to Marianne taking lessons from Steve Hogan, an instructor at the Rockford Country Club. In 1990, she was hired to work at the Rockford Country Club. She became a member of the PGA in 1996, along with becoming one of the first woman PGA Class A Professionals in northern Illinois. She was soon hired as a PGA professional at Red Barn Golf Course in Rockton, Ill. She is credited with revitalizing the Rockton Hononegah High School girls’ golf program in the fall of 1996, and coached for eight years. Her years of coaching not only boosted participation in the game of golf at Hononegah, but contributed to developing one of the most respected teams in the area. Marianne has a bachelor’s degree in human relations from Rockford College, and became part owner of Red Barn Golf Course in 1999.

Seth B. Atwood and Family — The establishment of many of Rockford’s recreational and environmental facilities is in large part the result of the generosity of the Atwood family, thanks to their land donations throughout Winnebago County. In 1964, Seth B. Atwood donated 240 acres of land for Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve. In 1966, he donated the remaining land adjacent to the property, which was 110 acres, with a specific requirement that the land be used to build a golf course. In May 1971, Atwood Homestead Golf Course opened, becoming the second golf course under the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District. The large stone family homestead has been remodeled, and serves as the clubhouse and pro shop. The course was designed by Charles Maddox to present a variety of golf alternatives so that golfers may select the tees most appropriate for their ability. Atwood wanted community members to be able to play a challenging golf course of championship length at an affordable price.

Keynote speaker: Brittany Lincicome

Brittany Lincicome is a four-time Solheim Cup team member and a five-time LPGA tournament winner. She won her first amateur tournament at age 9. Brittany is known as one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour, and has had a stellar junior and amateur career. She was a star on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) circuit, winning three events. She competed in the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open, and led after the first round as an amateur.

Her first victory came at the 2006 HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship, where she collected her first major championship title three years later, eagling the 72nd hole at Mission Hills Country Club to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She defeated Cristie Kerr and Kristsy McPherson by one stroke.

Previous Golf Hall of Fame inductees

Class of 2012: Steve Benjamin, John Alastair Robertson and Tiger Woods Foundation

Class of 2011: Jamie Hogan, Gunnar Nelson, Rockford Sportsmen’s Golf Association, Conny Sjostrom, Sr. and Irene Sjostrom Youth Golf Foundation

Class of 2010: Carl Dargene, Webbs Norman, Mary Holton Reid, Mark Taylor

Class of 2009: Christian Beto, Ken Kellaney, Scott W. Nicholas, Lois Jean Dahlquist Woodworth

Class of 2008: Shirley M. Dommers, Robert “Butch” Pegoraro, Robert A. “Bob” Reitsch, Rockford Pro/Am

Class of 2007: David J. Claeyssens, Brad Fowler, Mike Johnson, Junior Golf Association of Greater Rockford — James W. Keeling

Class of 2006: Steven Hare, The Hogan Family, Dean Lind, Rockford Women’s Golf Association, Mary Wilder Welsh, Salley Wessels

Class of 2005: Margaret and Norris Aldeen, Georgalee George, John Holmstrom Jr., Nancy Joan Kauzlarich, Roger Lindeman, Lloyd McWilliams, Kay Rossmiller, Ken Scott, Mary Lib Skerkoske, Don Terasaki, Tom Warren, Alex Welsh

From the Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2013, issue

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