Conn. Section PGA Hall of Fame adds Ralph Salito, Mike Carney & Joe Curtin

Mike Carney (center) and Ralph Salito (r) will be inducted into the Connecticut PGA Section Hall of Fame for their lifelong contributions to the game at the Section’s Hall of Fame and Champions Tribute on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Lake of Isles in North Stonington.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Ralph Salito, Mike Carney and the late Joe Curtin are the newest members of the Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame.

Salito has been an active Section member, serving on boards and committees since 1977. He’s a former Section president who has worked at several clubs and is now an assistant to Tom Gleeton at the Country Club of Waterbury.

Salito’s playing accolades include two-time Connecticut Senior PGA champion, 2007 Connecticut Senior Open winner and playing on seven Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches teams against the Connecticut State Golf Association. He was captain of the Section team this year.

Carney was the longtime pro and now pro emeritus and director of golf at Watertown Golf Club. He won the 2005 Section PGA Championship, the 2003 and 2006 Connecticut PGA Senior Championship and was Section Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003. In 2015, he was named the Section Golf Professional of the Year, the highest non-playing honor in the organization.

Curtin was a legendary teacher whose students included Connecticut Golf Hall of Famers Bob Grant and Dick Siderowf. He was the pro at Edgewood Golf Club in Cromwell, now TPC River Highlands, the home of the Travelers Championship, in 1948-52 and then was at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington from 1952 to 1975. He won the 1948 Hartford Open, 1952 Connecticut Open and 1964 Connecticut PGA Seniors Championship. He also was the first-round leader of the 1953 Insurance City Open, now the Travelers Championship. He died in 1985 while still teaching.

The trio will be inducted at the Section’s awards dinner Nov. 19 at Lake of Isles Country Club in North Stonington.

Worked as sports writer for The Hartford Courant for 38 years before retiring in 2008. His major beats at the paper were golf, the Hartford Whalers, University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball, Yale football, United States and World Figure Skating Championships and ski columnist. He has covered every PGA Tour stop in Connecticut since 1971, along with 30 Masters, 25 U.S. Opens, four PGA Championships, 12 Deutsche Bank Championships, 15 Westchester (N.Y.) Classics and four Ryder Cups. He has won several Golf Writers Association of America writing awards, including a first place for a feature on John Daly, and was elected to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. He also worked for the Connecticut Whale hockey team for two years when they were renamed by former Hartford Whalers managing general partner Howard Baldwin, who had become the marketing director of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.

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