Six inducted into Greater Norwich Golf Hall of Fame

PLYMOUTH – Six new members, three of them former ladies scratch club champions at Canasawacta Country Club, were inducted into the Greater Norwich Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Joan Porack, Dianne Lewis, and Kathi Wagner enter in the “Players” category; the late Michael Csigi of Greene in the “Masters” division; and Dick Milner along with Joseph “Chief” Taranto in the “Contributors” category.

Porack, Lewis, and Wagner were contemporaries who battled each other for years in C.C.C.’s biggest tournaments. It was Porack who racked up 11 women’s club championships – scratch and handicap – and established her dominance on the heels of Hall-of-Famer Jane Eaton’s accomplishments in the mid-’70s. Beyond her play, Porack was diligent working at improving her game, and was truly supportive of fellow ladies.

“Two words come to mind: Persistent and humble,” said Amy Spittler, a Hall-of-Famer who gave Porack’s induction speech. “Joan has a true love for the game. Just recently we played in our year-end golf league tourney and a woman in my foursome hit a great tee shot – straight down the middle. What did she yell out? ‘Thank you, Joan Porack.’ That comment says it all.”

Wagner, in addition to winning one scratch championship and placing second numerous times, is the C.C.C. women’s course record holder shooting an even-par score. She is a former member-guest champion and has holes-in-one at C.C.C. and Bluestone Golf Course in Oxford. Earlier this decade, Wagner rolled a 300 game in bowling and added one of her two aces – in the same year.

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