Golf, family imbue golf hall of fame induction speeches

Somewhere, some time ago, a phrase, “nowhere else but Norwich” was coined. It’s a wide-ranging, inclusive statement that could apply to just about any small town, and it was bullet point in Mark DeMellier’s acceptance speech at the 2008 Greater Norwich Golf Hall of Fame ceremony at Canasawacta Country Club this past Sunday night.

DeMellier, one of six newly-inducted members, spoke of the familial, homespun atmosphere at C.C.C. Not unlike the words in the theme song of the comedy “Cheers,” it’s a place where everybody knows your name.

A simple mention of a first name, DeMellier said, and everyone immediately knows who you are talking about. “I’m not sure you will find that at other clubs,” he said.

DeMellier was one of two active high-level players honored at C.C.C. along with two-time senior scratch club champion Doug Wilson.

The formation of a local golf hall of fame was Wilson’s brainchild, said Steve Crawford, who presented Wilson with his hall of fame plaque. Crawford illustrated that Wilson was deserving of the honor in more than one induction category.

Among the categories for entry are “Legends,” local golfers whose accolades or accomplishments came in the first half of the 20th century; “Masters,” deceased local players who showed great golf acumen; “Contributors,” a person who has given back to the game and actively promoted it; and “Players,” a Norwich-area player who has or is currently excelling at the game of golf.

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