Walter A. Romans Sr., Bcc Golf Pro

April 23, 2009|By JACQUES KELLY

Walter Andrew Romans Sr., a retired golf professional who worked at the Baltimore County Club for nearly four decades, died in his sleep April 16 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Homeland resident was 93.

Born in Warren, Mass., and raised in Utica, N.Y., he became a caddie as a teen to help support his family after his father's death.

"He kept coming back, working hard and asking questions. He learned the importance of yardage, how to read the greens and, most important of all, friendly customer service," said his son, Walter Andrew Romans Jr. of Brookeville. "One day, one of the members he had befriended gave him one of his old clubs, a 5-iron. Needless to say, Dad beat the grooves off of that club in no time."

His game kept improving, and Mr. Romans became captain of his high school golf team. He turned professional after graduation and won his first event, the Central New York Professional Golfers Association Championship, at age 20.

During World War II, he served in the Army on troop ships. He later became a driver for a general who liked golf.

After the war, Mr. Romans learned of an opening as an assistant pro at the Baltimore Country Club. He came to Baltimore, was hired and shortly thereafter was named head professional, a post he held for 39 years. He was the winner of two Maryland Opens.

He was inducted into the Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame in 1988.

A Mass was offered Monday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

In addition to his son, survivors include two daughters, Patricia Clare Romans of Baltimore and Mary Clare McFadden of Sparks; and four grandchildren. His wife, Jeanne Clare Brandon, died in 1999

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