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Starting in 2010, the USGTF will be inducting one or
more members annually into the USGTF Hall of Fame
during the closing ceremony of the United States Golf
Teachers Cup. They will join those who have already been
inducted into the Hall: Ken Butler, Marty Delohery, Leslie
Duke, Mark Harman, Mike Levine, and Bob Wyatt.
On October 19 in Primm, Nevada, ten USGTF members
were inducted into the Hall. Each was selected for their
contributions to the USGTF, the golf teaching industry,
and notable achievements.
BABE BELLAGAMBA, KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA
The late Babe Bellagamba was one of a kind, a true
innovator when it came to teaching aids. You know that
large PVC swing circle you see on many ranges all across
the country? That was Babe’s invention.
He also taught quite a few tour pros in his 15 years as
the head teaching professional at the Kissimmee Golf Club
in Kissimmee, Florida, including Mike Brisky and Damon
Green, who now caddies for Zach Johnson. Babe always
had a smile on his face and obviously loved what he was
ANTHONY BENNY, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Anthony Benny is the teaching professional at the
famed St. Andrews Golf Club in Moka, Maraval, Trinidad.
His main focus is juniors, and he has trained several who
have represented the Trinidad & Tobago national team.
Anthony was instrumental in getting the USGTF to play a
prominent role in Trinidad, and is a frequent competitor in
the United States Golf Teachers Cup. In 2009, he captured
the Super Senior division of the US Cup.
RICKY CAMPBELL, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Ricky serves as the teaching professional at Millennium
Lakes Golf Club in Trincity, Trinidad, and his clinics are
well-known for often drawing over 100 participants. This
past year, Ricky was named as the Offi cial Golf Ambassador
by the Trinidad & Tobago Golf Association and the Ministry
of Sport. His main responsibility is to promote the game
of golf and ensure that existing players reach national
level status with the newly created “Strive for Excellence”
program. Many USGTF members may be familiar with
Ricky from his many years as a participant in both the
United States and World Cup events.
RICHARD "DICK" EATON, SALAMANCA, NEW YORK
Dick served as the longtime head professional at Holiday
Valley Golf Club in Ellicottville, New York. Dick had a great
personality, putting everyone he met immediately at ease.
Those who had the pleasure of conversing with him often
remarked how Dick made them feel like they were his
best friend. Before losing his brave battle with cancer, Dick
established the American Cancer Research Foundation,
and asked the USGTF to perpetuate the concept, which it
happily does to this day.
JIM PEREZ, FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
There may be no bigger personality in the USGTF than
Jim. An energetic go-getter, Jim has established himself
as one of the premier teaching professionals, not only in
central California, but also in the WGTF. He has authored
several books and hosted his own golf talk show on ESPN
radio, and is a successful high school coach. Jim is an
enthusiastic supporter and advocate of the USGTF, and
regularly plays in the US and World Golf Teachers Cups.
Jim is the 2008 United States Golf Teachers Cup Senior
MIKE PEREZ, LAKE VILLA, ILLINOIS
Mike was named the 2008 USGTF Professional of the
Year, and teaches at Renwood Golf Course in Round Lake
Beach, Illinois, specializing in juniors. Mike overcame great
odds to get where he is today, having survived as a political
prisoner in Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba. He also donates
his time in teaching for various high schools, Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts, the YMCA, and the First Tee Program.
JULIUS RICHARDSON, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Julius truly had one remarkable life. It seems that
everything he set his mind to, he accomplished. A champion
golfer in the military, Julius came to teaching later in life, but
he certainly made the most of it. He was named the USGTF
Teacher of the 20th Century, and remains the only African-
American ever selected for Golf Magazine’s prestigious Top
100 Teachers list. Julius also appeared on Golf Channel as
a featured instructor, and authored the book, Better Golf: A
Skill Building Approach.
ROBERT "ROCK" ROBINSON, MONROEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA
Rock is the president of the West Penn Minority Junior
Golf Association, Inc., and is the author of the book, From
the Ghetto to the Green. He has also mentored three golfers
who later became USGTF members.
In 2008, Rock was inducted into the National Black Golf
Hall of Fame, joining such luminaries as Pete Brown, Jim
Dent, Lee Elder, Gary Player, Ted Rhodes, and Jim Thorpe.
HERB “TURK” WALKER, DAYTON, OHIO
Turk, also known as Coach Walker, was inducted into
the African-American Golfers Hall of Fame this past year.
Turk is a longtime USGTF member, having originally been
certifi ed in Florida in 1996. Turk, who has been playing
and teaching golf for over 40 years, has also served as an
assistant coach for the University of Dayton golf team and
has written many golf columns for various publications.
He has also mentored and has given time to many young
people over the years in the Dayton area.
THOMAS T WARTELLE, WASHINGTON, LOUISIANA
Thomas is the executive director of the World Golf
Teachers Federation, which is fi tting for this experienced
globetrotter. No one in the history of golf has traveled more
miles and visited so many places worldwide in teaching
and certifying golf teaching professionals for various WGTF
entities. Thomas’ thirst for learning and excellence is second
to none. He is also the author of the USGTF book, Golf
Drills for Teaching Professionals. Thomas is a tremendous
self-made golfer, and regularly competes in the US and
World Golf Teachers Cups.
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