Earlier this fall, the Greater Norwich Golf Hall of Fame elected four new members into its hall of fame, and each was recently inducted at Canasawacta Country Club. Posthumous selections were Renfroe Jackson and Sam Elia, while current players Scott Seiler Sr. and Steve Upton were honored.
Below are capsules of each golfer*:
Jackson moved to Norwich with his family as a boy, and became interested in the game as a teenager. At the time, the game was played primarily by those of affluence, and Jackson was fortunate enough to play and practice the game before he entered college.
Jackson returned to Norwich after the completion of college, and was a successful lawyer for over 30 years. He was one of the premier players in the area with a handicap ranging from scratch to four. He had numerous playing accomplishments winning two C.C.C. club championships, numerous low gross honors at the Eaton Memorial Cup and Fall Roundup, and many victories in C.C.C.’s weekend tournaments. He also had three holes-in-one.
In 1940, Jackson also competed in a match against established professional golfers playing with club pro Howie Jones in a match against U.S. Open champion Gene Sarazen and long-hitting pro “Porky” Oliver. Sarazen and Oliver won the combination medal/match play 1-up and 135-140. Jackson shot a 67 to outdo Sarazen (69), while Oliver was one better at 66, and Jones shot 73.