Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Golf Hall of Fame will honor past U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and current USGA Women’s Committee member Martha Kirouac, Stan Abrams, Anthony Caranci, Archie Boulet and Anthony Paolino at the annual dinner of the Rhode Island Golf Association on Dec. 6, at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Mass.
The Hall of Fame was created in the late 1990s to recognize people from the Rhode Island golf community who have made significant contributions to the game of golf. The first induction took place in 2001, with subsequent inductions taking place every two years. Thirty-six people have been honored through 2009.
Martha Wilkinson Kirouac won the RIWGA Women’s Amateur Championship three times (1974-75-77); the RIGA Mixed Championship four times; the 1975 New England Women’s Amateur Championship; the 1970 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship; the National Women’s Collegiate Championship and the Trans-Mississippi Women’s Amateur Championship. She was a member of the 1970 Women’s World Amateur Team and the 1970 and 1972 Curtis Cup teams. She also served as captain of the 2004 USA Curtis Cup Team and is a member of the USGA Women’s Committee.
Abrams won the RIGA Amateur Championship twice, in 1972 against Ronnie Quinn and in 1975 over Charlie Hayes. He was a finalist in the Amateur Championship in 1964 and 1976, and won the 1975 State Mixed Championship with Estelle Wolfson of Ledgemont Country Club. He has continued his dedication to golf with his off-course activities in golf course construction and management.
The late Anthony “Tony” Caranci had a distinguished career as a pioneer and mentor in golf course management. He took over as superintendent at Ledgemont Country Club in 1955, at the age of 25, and continued there until his retirement. He was a member and past president of both the Rhode Island and New England Golf Course Superintendents Association. He received distinguished service awards from both the New England and national organizations.
Boulet is being honored for his distinguished record of 47 years of service as the only coach in Bryant golf history. His teams dominated Division II golf for five decades, followed by continued success at the Division I level. His teams captured the Northeast-10 title 20 of 27 times. He coached hundreds of young men, many of whom became head or assistant professionals at courses across the nation.
Anthony J. “Tony” Paolino is being awarded the Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Service Award. He has served the Rhode Island Golf Association for more than 37 years, including a term as president in 1985. He served as non-playing captain of the Tri-State Team and was a former member of the Hall of Fame Committee. On the regional and national level, he served as president of the New England Golf Association in 1995 and was a member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee from 1989 to 2007.
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