Sue McClellan, Tracy Mehr, Joseph Troll among Western Mass Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Sue McClellan once scored two holes-in-one in the same round. Tracy Mehr was the first state amateur champion from western Massachusetts. And Dr. Joseph Troll is considered the father of modern day grounds keeping.
The trio will join four others as part of the Western Mass Golf Hall of Fame class of 2013. The induction ceremony is Friday at 6 p.m. at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield.
The class also includes Tom DiRico, Jackie Mattson and in memoriam Ron Letellier and Allan Mackintosh.
“I’m flattered and appreciate that others also appreciate what little I did in this life,” said Mehr, an Amherst resident.
Mehr, who grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Holy Cross, won the 1971 Massachusetts Amateur at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown. The state amateur started in 1903.
“I just happened to be the last man standing,” Mehr said. “After I won it was a flood gate, golfers from western Massachusetts started to win.”
Mehr learned how to play from caddying at 10-years-old, imitating the golfers’ actions. “I was a good athlete and a good imitator so I became a good player,” he said.
Mehr, who once played against Arnold Palmer, was also a Marine in Korea and coached football at Boston College and Amherst College.
McClellan, a Florence native, was “thrilled and honored” to be inducted into the hall.
McClellan, who hit two holes-in-one during a Ladies Open match at Berkshire Hills Country Club in 2007, has been golfing for 49 years. She was introduced to the game by her cousin Donnie O’Brien, but the Toski brothers and good friend Martha Hayes taught her how to play.
Bob Toski was a member of the first hall of fame class in 2007. Tom Toski and Hayes were inducted in 2009.
“I learned the game from the Toskis but Martha was my tutor,” she said.
McClellan played mostly out of Beaver Brook Country Club in Haydenville, but won over 20 championships in the area. Her favorite moment was placing third in the New England Women’s Championship in Vermont during the 1980s. “I shot three rounds in the mid- to low-70s,” she said. “It was special for me.”
Troll, 97, is “amazed and honored” to be inducted as a contributor.
The Patterson, N.J., native moved to Hadley with his wife, Lonnie, following his service in the Navy. Troll, who lives in Florida, taught turf management at the University of Massachusetts for 40 years.
“My students got me to where I am,” he said.
The UMass Joseph Troll Research Center in South Deerfield is named in his honor.
Troll has earned several other accolades, including the 1983 Golf Course Superintendents of America Distinguished Service Award and the 1991 USGA Greens Section award.