Hall of Fame
Biographies of inductees in the Rockford Golf Hall of Fame, which opened in 2005.
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2009 Inductees
Chris Beto

Chris Beto, a Rockford West graduate, has become one of the top local golfers over the years. Beto has won more than 45 local tournaments through 2009; including six Rockford Men's Golf Classic crowns. Other titles (through 2009)  include the Winnebago County Amateur (5), Atwood (3), Ledges (3), Ballard (2), Gold Medal Classic and Aldeen Cup.

Ken Kellaney

A Guilford High School graduate, Ken Kellaney won the Boys City Championship from 1972-1974. Kellaney went on to play at the University of Illinois, where he was team captain for two years, and earned All-Big Ten and All-American Honorable Mention recognition.

Kellaney won area tournaments including the Ledges, Atwood, Joliet Am, CDGA Am and Illinois State Match Play before moving to Arizona in 1987.

 Kellaney is an eight-time Phoenix City Champion, five-time Arizona State Am champion, and 10-time Arizona Golf Association Player of the Year. He is the only player to have captured the career Grand Slam in Arizona amateur golf having won the Publinks, Mid-Amateur, Amateur and Stroke Play (four times) championships. He's played in 10 USGA Mid-Amateur championships, reaching the quarterfinals twice, as well as the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Publinks.

Lois (Dalquist) Woodworth

Growing up, Lois (Dalquist) Woodworth and her family were known for their skating ability. She even had a contract to skate professionally, but gave it up in favor of her true passion, golf.

Woodworth won the Girls Junior Tournament five straight years, starting in 1942. She went on to win the Rockford Women's City tournament five times between 1959 and 1966, and the Winnebago County tournament seven times in the 1960s.

But winning the Women's City didn't come easy.

I tried to win for many years, and couldn't do it, she said. My husband said 'if you want to win that thing, you'll find a way to do it.' I started getting up at 5:30 a.m. every day to shag balls near our house. It worked. I dropped my handicap from seven to a four.

In 1972, Woodworth defeated Nancy Lopez to win the First Flight of the Women's Western Amateur with a score of 76 at Rockford Country Club. Now 81, Woodworth still plays an occasional round. Earlier this year, she shot a 37 on a nine-hole course near her home in Calumet, Mich.

Scott Nicholas

Scott Nicholas' resume includes victories in the Boy's City, Men's Classic, Ledges, Ballard and Atwood tournaments. Nicholas played golf at Rockford West and Tulane University, where he won seven multischool tournaments. He made the round of 32 in the 1979 U.S. Amateur, losing to Fred Couples.

Nicholas was the founder and organizer of the Tradition Junior, a successful junior golf tournament at Aldeen Golf Club. He has also been involved for many years with in the Rockford Pro-Am as a board member and volunteer.

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