Hall of Fame induction memorializes Deck, King MAPGA honors late pros at annual awards dinner

November 22, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Two former Maryland professionals were honored posthumously with induction into the Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame during the association's annual awards program last week, held at the Ritz Carlton-Pentagon City in Arlington, Va.

Bill Deck, best known in this area as the head professional at the old Belair Golf Club, now Bowie Golf & Country Club, in the 1960s and 1970s, and Fred King, 20-year head professional at Andrews Air Force Base, became the 27th and 28th members of this select group.

In each instance, acceptance was by a son who is a member of the PGA of America and a head golf professional -- Jim Deck, head pro at Mt. Pleasant Golf Course, and Fred King II of Piedmont, S.C. Also on hand was Fred King III, an assistant to his father and grandson of the honoree.

Deck, 53 at the time of his death while head professional at a club in New Jersey, is remembered for pushing the MAPGA's involvement in handicap administration. King, who died in 1992 at age 70, was a leader in charity events in the Washington area, particularly on behalf of the Lupus Foundation and the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home.

Each man previously had been honored as a MAPGA Golf Professional of the Year.

Wayne DeFrancesco, teaching professional at Woodholme CC, and Allen Wronowski, head professional at Hillendale CC and vice president of the MAPGA, were among the program's other award winners.

DeFrancesco received the Horton Smith Trophy for his work in education, and Wronowski was cited by area sales representatives as the merchandiser of the year for private clubs.

Other award recipients included Charles Liebler, Cavalier Y&CC, Virginia Beach, Va., golf professional of the year; Kevin Taylor, Four Streams GC, assistant professional of the year; and Albert Fenstomocher, Fort Belvoir Golf Facility, President's Award.

The last is a personal choice of the MAPGA president and is awarded for effort, dedication and contributions to golf and to the MAPGA.

Fenstomocher was cited for his teaching abilities, especially with juniors, and for his MAPGA work for the Central Chapter.

Additionally, amateurs Robert Abbo and Christopher Nicholson of the Maryland State Golf Association were co-recipients of the David Wortman Citizen of the Year Award.

They were chosen for their efforts in bringing the MAPGA and the MSGA together for a 25-year agreement on the operation of the Maryland Handicap Program.

Other professionals honored with annual awards were Jerry Elwell, Congressional CC, teacher of the year; Glenn Brown, Westwood CC, club relations; Robert Dolan, Columbia CC, junior golf leader; Michael Bennett, Williamsburg National GC, public courses merchandiser; and Wayne Nooe, Homestead Golf Club, resort merchandiser.

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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