The Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor amateurs who have greatly contributed to the game of golf in the Southern Ohio Section PGA.
2018 – Mike Hartsock
2017 – Jim Cissell, James Stahl, Art Plate, Diana Schwab
2016 – Nick Popa
2015 – Steve Kessler, Ralph Maltby, Bob Purdy, Jimmy Woods
2014 – Jack Sayers
2013 – Bob Brame
2011 – The Gregory Family & Skip Mosic
2010 – MR Jones
2009 – Jim Popa, Bill Rhodenbaugh
2008 – Duke Smith, Dr. Philip C. Hughes
2007 – Tay Baker
2006 – Bucky Albers, Tony Blom, Bob Rickey, Len Wirtz
2005 – Robert J. G. Morton
2004 – J. Robert Kuntz
2003 – Dick Jolly
2002 – Linda Snyder
2001 – Bob Service
2000 – Carl Schlotman Jr.
1999 – Jerry Purdy
The Past Champions’ Honoree Award was created in 1999 and gives the SOPGA and its Members the opportunity to recognize an extraordinary contributor to the game, and to simply say “thanks for being a great friend to golf.”
2004 Past Champions’ Honoree – Mr. J. Robert Kuntz
As part of the Southern Ohio Section Senior’s Championship, it is customary to honor an individual with the Past Champion’s Award. The tradition is to recognize someone from outside the SOPGA organization, who has exhibited a lifelong commitment to the game, and say “thanks for being a great friend to golf!”
The SOPGA was thrilled to select Robert Kuntz as the 2004 Past Champion’s Honoree. As a member of the Miami Valley Golf Club since 1952, Kuntz has a lifelong national prominence and involvement with the game of golf. Robert was the Founder of the National Golf Club Collectors Society, he authored “How to Restore Hickory Shafted Clubs and Wooden Heads”, coordinated the Dayton based Hickory Hackers Golf Show. He is also a Member of the USGA Museum Committee and has played with numerous celebrities and golfers throughout the world.
As part of the Award, Kuntz served as the Honoree Starter at the 2004 SOPGA Seniors & Ladies Championships on August 10-11 at Miami Valley. It was easy to see Mr. Kuntz was thrilled to speak with all of the players, especially since his home professional, Ray Rash, captured the championship. According to Bob’s daughter Karen, this honor made his year!
At the young age of 89, Robert Kuntz is a most deserving Past Champion’s Honoree.
2003 Past Champions’ Honoree – Mr. Dick Jolly
Mr. Dick Jolly is the 2003 recipient. Dick has been a faithful supporter of the SOPGA since 1965 when he moved to Ohio to work for Titleist. He served the company as a sales representative until 1979. At that point, Dick took on a similar role with the Dunlop/Maxfli company until he retired in 1990.
Along the way, Dick shared a great camaraderie with the Section’s Golf Professionals. “I never had to motivate myself to go to work,” he states. “It was a business of friendship back then.”Dick recalls one of his first days on the job. He was paying a visit to Terrace Park CC when Kurt Bryant was Head Professional. The Cincinnati Chapter just happened to be having a Pro-Am that day. Without anyone knowing Dick prior to that day, they soon saw his trustworthiness and placed him in charge of collecting entry fees. From that day, Dick has only grown closer to the Members -especially today’s seniors as they were but fledgling Assistant Professionals in the 1960’s.
Dick claims that this award ranks high on his list of lifetime accomplishments. He received another award from the SOPGA in 1978 for being the “Friend of the Section.” However, nothing matches the importance of his 54-year marriage to his lovely wife, Hope, fathering his son and daughter Peter and Melissa, and having two grandsons and a granddaughter to cherish.
There is no way I can ever thank each person I’ve met along the way for the goodness they’ve shown me,” Dick says. “I only wish to let them know how greatly I appreciate their companionship. I look forward to seeing all my old friends again.” Dick still serves the game of golf in Ohio part-time at Blackhawk GC in Galena.
2002 – Carl Schlotman Jr.
2001 –Jerry Purdy