Hall of Fame
Biographies of inductees in the Rockford Golf Hall of Fame, which opened in 2005.
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2005 Inductees
Alex Welsh

Alex Welsh won a record eight Men's City titles and played in the 1955 U.S. Open. He won the Big Ten title in 1941, the only Rockford golfer to have accomplished that feat.

He also won the 1937 state high school title. Welsh took second in the North-South Amateur Tournament, defeating former U.S. and British Open champ Dick Chapman 1 up in the quarterfinals.

(Story published in 2005)

Don Terasaki

Don Terasaki started the first NIC-9 girls golf team at Rockford West in 1977. He started a Junior Girl's Golf program in 1986 where he offered six lessons to approximately 60 girls ages 10-17 for 17 years. That program helped lead other schools to add girls golf as a sport.

He was the head boys golf coach at West for 17 years and Guilford for 10 years and coached the West girls for three years. He led West's girls team to state two out of three years and his Guilford boys teams won NIC-9 titles in 1991 and '92, regional titles in 1997 and 2000 and finished third in the state in 1991.

(Story published in 2005)

Georgalee George

Georgalee George is the coordinator and an instructor for the First Swing Program in the Rockford Park District. Participated in both Tiger Woods clinics in Rockford. Coached the Auburn boys golf team from 1977-81, when she was the first woman to coach a NIC-9 boys sport. She teaches golf to area elementary, middle and high school students every spring and fall in the First Swing Program. She was a Those Who Excel nominee in 1998 and earned a community service award from the Rockford Park District in 2000.

(Story published in 2005)

John Holmstrom Jr.

Holmstrom, a three-time Men's City champ, was even more impressive on the high school, college and state amateur levels. He won the 1938 State Am at Elgin Country Club and was the State Am runner-up in 1936 and '42. He played on two Big Ten championship golf teams at Illinois and finished third individually in the 1940 and '41 Big Ten tournaments. Holmstrom was third in the 1936 state high school tournament as a sophomore at Rockford High School and tied for fourth as a senior in 1938. He won the 1937 Wester Junior.

Holmstrom and Alex Welsh were teammates on the 1940 and '41 Illini teams that finished fourth and fifth in the nation.

(Story published in 2005)

Kay Rossmiller

Kay Rossmiller won nine Women's City titles in 11 years, between 1972 and 1982, second all-time to Salley Wessels' 13. In her last four wins, she beat Wessels in the final each time. She won the 1976 Women's State Am and was runner-up in a sudden-death playoff in 1975.

After winning the 1976 Women's City title by 29 strokes, the format was changed to match play. Two years later, Rossmiller beat Wessels 2 and 1 in a matchup of the last two State Am champs in a match that saw both players shoot under par at Ingersoll.

(Story published in 2005)

Ken Scott

Ken Scott won the 1952 IHSA state title as a junior at Rockford West and was third as a senior. He won the Chicago District Junior Open in 1953 and won six straight Boys Junior titles, winning each of the three age divisions twice. He won three consecutive conference titles at Rockford West, placed third in the National Jaycee Junior tournament in Eugene, Ore., and was named the state's outstanding junior golfer by the Illinois PGA.

He played in the 1955, '56 and '57 NCAA Tournament and captained SMU to a pair of Southwest Conference titles. He twice won the County Am and he won the 1956 Men's City be a near-perfect score, 9-and-8 in match play over 1948 champ Chuck Lindgren.

He now lives in Atlanta, where he is the five-time Atlanta Country Club champion.

(Story published in 2005)

Lloyd McWilliams

Lloyd McWilliams' five Men's City titles are fifth all-time. He also ranks second all-time with four County Am victories. He's won the Gold Medal Classic twice and the Atwood and Ballard once each, plus five SWANI titles in Beloit, Wis.

He set the course record at Ingersoll with a 63 in the 1969 Men's City. McWilliams qualified for the USGA Public Links Amateur six times, finishing as high as 11th. He has two career double eagles and two holes in one.

He is a founder of the Rockford Area Men's Amateur Golf Association.

(Story published in 2005)

Mary Lib Skerkoske

To combat a decrease in the number of girls playing golf in Rockford, Skerkoske began a golf program in 1986 with the Rockford Women's Golf Association and the Rockford Park District. It was designed to develop the physical, mental and emotional skills in golf for girls ages 10-14 so they could better play the game as a competitive and recreational sport. The program split into two, one for beginners and one for intermediate girl players.

She recently retired from the program after 19 years.

(Story published in 2005)

Nancy Kauzlarich

As event co-chairperson, Nancy Kauzlarich was instrumental in bringing the 2004 In the City Tiger Woods Foundation Clinic and Festival to Rockford and Beloit. More than 150 kids participated in the clinics and more than 4,000 attended the festival at Levings Park. The event raised $50,000 for Youth and Risk.

She has also helped acquire more than $100,000 in grants from the USGA and LPGA for construction and programming at Ingersoll Learning Links and the kids' course being built at Patriots Gateway Center. She received a 2005 YMCA Janet Lynn Award for Sports, presented to a female athlete or woman who promotes athletics.

(Story published in 2005)

Norris and Margaret Aldeen

The Aldeens donated $2 million to the Rockford Park District to build the $8.2 million Aldeen Golf Club and Practice Centre on the site of their family farm. The course, given 41/2 stars by Golf Digest, is the highest-rated local public course and was named in 2004 to Golf Magazine's Thrifty 50, as one of the nation's 50 best courses priced at under $50.

(Story published in 2005)

Roger Lindeman

Roger Lindeman  coached boys golf at Guilford for 29 years and was named the National High School Golf Coach of the Year in 1984. He finished with a career record of 224-26-4 in dual meets with 77 tournament wins and 18 conference titles, including the last 11 in a row before he retired in 1991. His Vikings won the state title four times between 1974-85 and finished in the top four another six times.

He also won 16 regional and 10 sectional titles at Guilford, was named NIC-9 coach of the year 10 times and Illinois Golf Coach of the Year in 1976 and '84. He was voted into the Illinois Coaches Association Golf Hall of Fame in 1993.

He coached six future Men's City champs in Mark Readette, Mark Taylor, Jim Bullard, Curt Hendrixson, Erron Nielsen and Jamie Hogan. He founded The Rockford Area Junior Golf Program and served as its director for 16 years. He played on the 1945 Rockford East team that won the IHSA state title by a record 21 strokes.

(Story published in 2005)

Tom Warren

Tom Warren is a driving force in the Beloit Junior Golf Association and was influential in bringing Tiger Woods to the area for his 2001 golf clinic. He financially contributed to the Learning Links course at Ingersoll. Warren played on Rockford East's 1957 IHSA state title team and played golf in college for Augustana.

(Story published in 2005)

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