Ron Letellier

In a career cut tragically short by cancer, Ron Letellier certainly left his mark on the Met Section. With forearms like Popeye and an easygoing style that masked his love to compete, Ron had a brief but impressive playing career. He won the 1971 Met Open Championship at Fresh Meadow Country Club and was runner-up twice at that prestigious event including 1967 when Jerry Courville Sr. topped five area club professionals at Winged Foot (West) and again in 1972 when Don Massengale prevented him from successfully defending his title in a playoff at Stanwich Club. Letellier also qualified for two PGA Championships, making the cut both times. It was at the National Club Pro Championship that he really left his mark. In four events, he enjoyed three top 20 finishes including being tied for 2nd in 1971 to the winner, Sam Snead, and was 4th in 1974 and tied for 17th in 1975. He also played on the victorious 1975 PGA Cup Team in Pinehurst and was 2-0-1. Letellier was the Section Treasurer in the early 70ís while at North Hills Country Club. Shortly after that he moved to Cold Spring CC and was named the Met PGA Professional of the Year in 1976. He was also named the National PGA Professional of the Year in 1976, one of only two Met PGA professionals to win the associationís highest honor.

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