Association honors HVCC’s Connelly with Arnold Palmer Lifetime Service Award
BY MARTIN D. EMENO, JR.
ack Connelly has been labeled many
names in his 37-year tenure as gatekeeper
of Huntingdon Valley Country Club’s professional shop. The practical joker in him
would say some were worse than others. Regardless, anyone who knows Jack knows that the most
accurate moniker is that of unrelenting champion
of the sport.
A military brat with an unquenchable work
ethic, Connelly ascended from HVCC baby face to
section stalwart to his profession’s highest office in
a four-decade career. Throughout the journey,
though, no matter where boardroom responsibilities took him, Connelly’s heart remained in the hills
of Huntingdon Valley.
So as the effervescent 63-year-old prepares to
change roles in March of 2011 from the only
course he’s ever been head pro at – he will shift
into more of a club ambassador role – the Golf As-
sociation of Philadelphia felt it appropriate and nec-
essary to bestow the Huntingdon Valley legend
with the organization’s highest honor: the Arnold
Palmer Lifetime Service Award. He was recognized
as the seventh recipient of the Award on Oct. 20 at
the Association’s Annual Meeting.