Inductees in Sports - Golf

  1. Joanne Carner (1939-)

    Inducted in 1969

    Joanne Carner was a five time national women's amateur golf champion, and won the Rhode Island title three times, as well as the New England and Eastern championships. She also won a professional-amateur tournament that included most of the top women professionals in the field. She is thought to be the best female golfer in the world. Read more >

  2. Allen Chatterton

    Inducted in 1982

    The late Allen Chatterton was a former president of the R.I. Golf Association. He founded the R. Read more >

  3. Joseph Gomes (1910-1986)

    Inducted in 1988

    Joseph Gomes was the only Rhode Islander to play baseball in the Negro Major Baseball League, and was named an all-star in each of the seven years he played. He compiled a 362-41 pitching record, with a 1.74 earned-run-average in the Majors. He was an extraordinary athlete as a Rhode Island schoolboy all-stater in baseball, golf, and football. Read more >
  4. Charlie Hall

    Charlie Hall

    Inducted in 2017

    Charlie, as he prefers to be called, is a versatile comedian, writer, showman, artist, and political activist. In 2012, Charlie was the first person inducted into the newly-established Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame. His induction was the culmination of over thirty years of laugh-making through a variety of avenues including stand-up, writing, theater, and art. He is a true Renaissance man, and some say, a Rhode Island icon. Read more >
  5. Edward Perry (1916-1994)

    Inducted in 1982

    Edward Perry, 1916-1994, was a three-time Public Links Golf Champion who served as Secretary of the Rhode Island Golf Association. He served for 33 years of Rhode island Championship events. He was chiefly responsible for the establishment of the Northeast Amateur Tournament. Read more >

  6. Harry Pezzullo (1912-2005)

    Inducted in 1993

    Harry Pezzullo, 1912-2015, a native of Barrington, was a highly respected golf professional for 57 years. He played on the PGA Tour, and became Golf Director at the prestigious JDM Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL. He was named "Golf Professional of the Year" in 1958, and served as Vice President of the PGA of America for three years. He was a pioneer of the first televised golf program produced and aired in the Chicago area, and at the age of 82 was still a golfing legend. Read more >

  7. Glenna Collett Vare (1903-1989)

    Inducted in 1966

    Glenna Vare, 1903-1989, a New Haven native, and Providence resident, is generally regarded as Rhode Island's greatest female athlete. She was proficient in tennis, diving, swimming, and especially golf. By 1922, she had won her first U.S. Read more >
  8. John Montgomery Ward

    John Montgomery Ward (1860-1925)

    Inducted in 2005

    John Montgomery “Monte” Ward, 1860-1925, a member of baseball's Hall of Fame, was a native of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania who attended Pennsylvania State College before embarking upon a career as a professional ballplayer. He reached the major leagues in 1878 as a pitcher for the Providence Grays of the National League, just two years after the founding of the so-called “Senior Circuit.”

    In his first year, the eighteen-year-old Ward recorded the National League's lowest earned run average (1.51) while compiling a record of 22 wins and 13 losses. Read more >



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