Published Date Written by Lloyd JonesBy Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Larry Gallagher, club pro at the North Conway Country Club, has been selected as the 2012 New Hampshire PGA Professional of the Year.
"I was very surprised," Gallagher said, "I had no clue."
The N.H. PGA held its annual meeting at the Laconia Country Club on Oct. 18 and the conclusion of the meeting consisted of service awards. Last but not least was the 2012 New Hampshire PGA Professional of the Year. Gallagher was announced as this year's recipient.
"Again, I had absolutely no clue," he said, smiling. "I won it in 2001 and now in 2012. It's very nice. It's voted on by your peers and there are over 100 pros here in the state."
He received a standing ovation along and an engraved plaque.
"What makes it most gratifying is the award is chosen by people in the business who know the business," he said.
Gallagher has been a Class A PGA Professional for many years. He was chosen to be the head pro at North Conway Country Club in the fall of 1991.
Prior to that he was the head professional/director of golf at Plantation Bay in Ormond Beach, Fla., as well as the head professional for eight years at the Wentworth Resort in Jackson.
In the past, Gallagher, who lives in Intervale with Kathy, his wife, has played on the North Florida Winter Tour, the Hogan Tour and has qualified for regular tour play. He has won his chapter PGA championship and the chapter senior championship, and he finished well enough to qualify for the National Senior PGA Club Professionals Championship. Gallagher has been ranked as one of the top 10 professionals in New Hampshire since the late 1970s.
Gallagher, who still has the same passion and love for the game he developed growing up in Fryeburg, was the New Hampshire PGA Player of the Year in 1991 and 1995; New Hampshire PGA Champion in 1995; New Hampshire PGA Senior Champion in 1996, 1997 and 1998; New Hampshire PGA Match Play Champion in 1996; Granite State Open Champion in 1996; a two-time nominee New England PGA Merchandiser of the Year; a former low New England qualifier for the Ben Hogan Tour; low New England qualifier for the PGA Tour at Pleasant Valley; and a semifinalist at the PGA Senior Tour qualifying school.
Gallagher, who was a member of the first group of athletes to be inducted into the Fryeburg Academy Hall of Excellence in 2010, has been recognized by the New Hampshire chapter of the PGA as Junior Golf Leader and Player of the Year over the years. He remains devoted to the game as a player and teacher. Gallagher said he finds juniors to be the lifeblood and future of the game, but he enjoys instructing all age groups. He's also still a force on the links when competing.
"I haven't been able to play as much as I'd like over the last few years for various reasons," Gallagher said with a grin, "but I feel like I still remain competitive. I still have the same enthusiasm for the sport."