Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

Eleanore Pellegrini

Eleanore Pellegrini, a fixture in Colorado women’s golf for more than a half-century, won two CGA Senior Women’s Stroke Play titles, six CGA Women’s Brassie Partner trophies and 37 club championships (20 at Wellshire Golf Course and 17 at The Pinery Country Club). A former vice president of the Colorado Women’s Golf Association, Pellegrini worked on its Course Rating and Handicap Committee.

Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

Mark and Lynn Cramer

Since purchasing the Denver Golf Expo from PGA professional Stan Fenn in 2000, Mark and Lynn Cramer have transformed it from a quiet trade show into the annual kickoff to the Colorado golf season, drawing more than 10,000 attendees and 120 vendors each February to the Denver Mart. 

 

The Cramers support Colorado’s major golf organizations —the Colorado Golf Association, Colorado PGA, Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado and the Colorado Open Golf Foundation—and in return these organizations support the Expo. At every Expo, the Cramers deliver interactive youth-golf activities, seminars, contests, prizes, giveaways, lessons, bargains and opportunities to try out the latest clubs.

Driven by their vision, passion and love for golf, the husband-wife team have created an annual celebration in the dead of winter that reminds us golf season is just around the corner.

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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
 Rich Billings

Longtime Club at Rolling Hills member Rich Billings built the club’s junior golf program into a powerhouse, initiating interclub junior competitions all over the Denver Metro region. He helped bring the LPGA’s National Jewish Hospital Open to Rolling Hills and actively contributed to The Foundation at Rolling Hills, which has raised millions of dollars for worthy Jefferson County charities. From 1983-2003, Billings served on the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame’s board of directors. 

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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
 Rick Polmear

Rick Polmear volunteered roughly 1,000 hours as project manager for the $6 million CU Evans Scholars house renovation and expansion, which was completed last January. A senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle with 34 years of experience, Polmear is a former Evans Scholar and CGA president who has chaired the  Scholarship House Committee for 27 years.

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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2016
 Dr. Homer McClintock
A member of Cherry Hills Country Club for more than 60 years, McClintock served as a Golf Association Governor and played a major role in purchasing and establishing the Eisenhower-Evans Scholars House at the University of Colorado.
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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2015
 Dave and Gail Liniger

Building Sanctuary, a world-class course in Sedalia dedicated exclusively to raising money for charity, the Linigers have raised almost $90 million for charity since 1998.

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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2015
 Dan Hogan

This Hall of Famer, a walking encyclopedia of Colorado golf, has for decades served as chairman of the Hall of Fame’s historical committee and the curator, contributor and watchdog for its showcases at Brighton’s Riverdale Golf Courses. 

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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
 D'Ann Kimbrel
The first and only director of maintenance at the Riverdale Courses in Brighton, Kimbrel bears responsibility for conditions at one of the busiest and most decorated facilities in the Denver Metro area.
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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2013
 Gail Godbey
The former executive director of the Colorado Open and founder of the Colorado Women's Open has also volunteered countless hours in service to the game.
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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2012
 Mick Sweetman
Co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Golf Salesmen's Association and a longtime stalwart in the Colorado golf community.
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 Lifetime Achievement Award 2011
 Maggie Giesenhagen
The 2002 Hall of Fame inductee’s myriad feats as a champion golfer are rivaled only by her accomplishments as a volunteer director with the CWGA and the USGA, and as an expert in all aspects of the game.
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