Thanks to a Portland sportswriter who shared a passion for golf with a doctor, the Maine Golf Hall of Fame was off to a rousing beginning on September 8, 1993 with more than 200 at a tournament and induction at Poland Spring.

Backing up Hall of Fame founder Vern Putney, an excellent golfer and sportswriter for the Portland Press Herald, was Dr. Carman Pettapiece of Falmouth, and rounding out the founding group another sportswriter, Dick Doyle and accountant Joe Stillman.*

Banquet guests witnessed the induction of 17 of the most recognizable names in Maine golf history. They are listed on this website (see "Roll of Honor") along with the others inducted in years since. What stands out with the names is the rationale for their inductions. While players like Mark Plummer, Dr. Ray Lebel, Martha Page White and others were shoo-ins based upon their playing records, the Hall of Fame reached out to honor those who left an imprint on the game in other ways, for example: Charlie Emery of Penobscot CC (inducted in 1993) for teaching and in 2004 Gary Rees for high school golf coaching. Then there is golf writer Shirley Povich (1994) of The Washington Post and greenskeeper Roger Lowell (2000) of Webhannet GC. In recent years P.G.A. Tour Caddy Mike "Fluff" Cowan (2005) and network television analyst Peter Kostis (2003).

*Each brought something unique to the Hall of Fame concept, with Dick Doyle having an uncanny memory of golf history. Dr. Pettapiece, whose hobby was club-making and repair, was well connected through membership in the private Portland Country Club. Joe Stillman was the money man, or at least he knew where the money rested. And of course, Vern Putney, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997, brought leadership and a ton of energy.

Board of Directors
Bryce Roberts, Cape Elizabeth ('06)
Frank Leary, Warren ('08)
Paul Sherman, Winthrop
John Sullivan, Freeport
David Pollard, Gray
John LaFond Windham ('08)
Liz Wiltshire, Vassalboro
Jason Libby, Poland Spring
Jessica Trundy, Waterville
Mike Clendenning. Enfield
Toni Rees, Newport

President - Frank Leary
Vice President - Paul Sherman
Secretary - Jessica Trundy
Executive Director - Gary Rees ('04)

Advisors to the Board of Directors:
Laurie Hyndman, Cumberland Foreside
Dave Irons, Westbrook
(year) Inducted into Maine Golf Hall of Fame

Maine Golf Hall of Fame
Guidelines for Eligibility and Election

Nominations are accepted until December 1st, for consideration in a following year. Then the selection committee meets to screen applications and determine that the guidelines are met. A ballot is then developed and mailed to directors, past directors, advisors to the board and the enshrined. Point values are given each name on the ballot and the selection committee tallies points to determine which nominees stand out with those casting votes.

Qualifying guidelines include:

* Must be 35 years old or deceased

* Must have been born in Maine or resided in Maine for 10 years

* Demonstrated integrity in both competition and personal life

* Conducted selves with dignity and consistent respect for rules of golf and golf etiquette

Poland Spring Golf Club