Sports – Golf

Michael A. “Mike” Tranghese

Michael A. Tranghese is a former collegiate golfer, sports information director and, most notably, the long-term commissioner of one of the most successful college athletic conferences of all-time. Mr. Tranghese was born on February 2, 1944 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Michael and Josephine (nee DiSantis).  He attended Cathedral High School in Springfield and upon graduation …

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Joanne Carner

Joanne Carner was a five time national women’s amateur golf champion, and won the Rhode Island title three times, as well as the New England and Eastern championships. She also won a professional-amateur tournament that included most of the top women professionals in the field. She is thought to be the best female golfer in …

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Harry Pezzullo

Harry Pezzullo, 1912-2015, a native of Barrington, was a highly respected golf professional for 57 years. He played on the PGA Tour, and became Golf Director at the prestigious JDM Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL. He was named “Golf Professional of the Year” in 1958, and served as Vice President of the PGA …

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John Montgomery Ward

John Montgomery “Monte” Ward, 1860-1925, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, was a native of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania who attended Pennsylvania State College before embarking upon a career as a professional ballplayer. He reached the major leagues in 1878 as a pitcher for the Providence Grays of the National League, just two years after the …

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Joseph Gomes

Joseph Gomes was the only Rhode Islander to play baseball in the Negro Major Baseball League, and was named an all-star in each of the seven years he played. He compiled a 362-41 pitching record, with a 1.74 earned-run-average in the Majors. He was an extraordinary athlete as a Rhode Island schoolboy all-stater in baseball, …

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Glenna Collett Vare

Glenna Vare, 1903-1989, a New Haven native, and Providence resident, is generally regarded as Rhode Island’s greatest female athlete. She was proficient in tennis, diving, swimming, and especially golf. By 1922, she had won her first U.S. Women’s Golf Championship, the first of six such titles. In 1924, at the height of her prowess,she played …

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Allen Chatterton

The late Allen Chatterton was a former president of the R.I. Golf Association. He founded the R.I. Senior Golf Association and John P. Burk Memorial Fund, the second caddy scholarship in the country. He also served as President of the New England Golf Association and as Director of Pawtucket Boys Club for more than thirty …

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Edward Perry

Edward Perry, 1916-1994, was a three-time Public Links Golf Champion who served as Secretary of the Rhode Island Golf Association. He served for 33 years of Rhode island Championship events. He was chiefly responsible for the establishment of the Northeast Amateur Tournament.

Charlie Hall

Charlie, as he prefers to be called, is a versatile comedian, writer, showman, artist, and political activist. In 2012, Charlie was the first person inducted into the newly-established Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame. His induction was the culmination of over thirty years of laugh-making through a variety of avenues including stand-up, writing, theater, and …

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