Darien’s Hecker to be inducted into Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame


Darien native Genevieve Hecker will be the lone 2020 inductee into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame.

Hecker won the Women’s Amateur Championship in both 1901 and 1902 at 17 and 18 years old, respectively. This was before the U.S. Women’s Open began.

Hecker, who died in 1960, also wrote what is believed to be the first golf book geared toward women: Golf For Women, published in 1904. She encouraged women to use the basic clubs and provided instruction for them to take up the game.

Hecker also won the Metropolitan Golf Championship four times.

This year’s half of fame induction, normally held in December, was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paladino named CSGA Player of the Year

Cody Paladino (Country Club of Farmington) earned the Connecticut State Golf Association’s Player of the Year honors. This is the third time Paladino has earned the award.

Paladini, 31, finished second in the Connecticut Amateur, the Connecticut Mid-Amateur and the Palmer Cup. Chris Fosdick, the Connecticut Amateur champion, finished second to Paladino.

Paladino also was the CSGA Player of the Year in 2006 and 2013.

Jen Holland (Lyman Orchards GC) won the CSGA’s Liz Janangelo Caron Player of the Year Award for the fourth straight year. Dave Szewczul, also from CC of Farmington, earned the CSGA’s Senior Player of the Year for the 10th time.


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