Herrelko Jr., Frank (2009)

About Herrelko Jr., Frank (2009)

The MAPGA placed Frank Herrelko into their Hall of Fame for his career-long dedication and service to the Middle Atlantic PGA, The PGA of America and golf in the commonwealth of Virginia.  Within the ranks of the MAPGA, the Southern Chapter elected him President in 1984 – 1985.  He has held membership on the Rules Committee since 1976, and Co-Chaired the Tournament Committee in 1992 while serving on that body for 40 years, 1966 – 2006.  Furthermore, Frank chaired the MAPGA Section Championship Committee four times.  To this day, he remains the Section’s Parliamentarian for the annual meetings and has done so since 1991.

Frank has led as a Co-Chair the State Open of Virginia Committee for the past eleven years.  He also chaired the Virginia PGA Open Championship Committee between 1976 and 1980 and again in 1984.  He was a founding donor of the Virginia State Golf Association’s Independence Golf Club.  In 2007, he received the VSGA’s President’s Award for thirty-five years of exceptional and noteworthy service.  Not one to retire on any laurel, he almost single-handily brought the Senior Open of Virginia into existence.  Additionally, he is a member of the Dewar’s Hall of Fame for Virginia Golf Professionals, inducted in 1985.

The MAPGA previously recognized his commitment and contributions with the 1986 Professional of the Year Award, the highest award presented by the association to an active PGA Professional; the 1988 Horton Smith Award for his work in education; and the 1993 President’s Award for outstanding, dedicated and selfless service.  His service to The PGA of America included the Junior Golf Committee in 1984 and 1985, and the Boundaries and Education Committee in 1990.  Frank taught for the PGA Business Schools I and II in 1988.  He also attended numerous PGA Annual Meetings as an alternate delegate.  He and Ken Lindsay authored “A Summary of the Rules of Golf,” a PGA publication.  Not unexpectedly, he attended the first PGAUSGA rules workshop (1975), the first Teaching and Coaching Summit (1988) and the Advanced Rules Workshop (1990).

Frank Herrelko, an Eagle Scout, began playing golf as a fourteen year-old at Fort Meade.  Fortunately, the Head Professional Steve Tobash, PGA, switched him from left-handed to the right side of the ball after his opening 144.  From then on his prowess rapidly improved so much that he played on the 1964 ACC Championship team at the University of Maryland.

His professional career began with working, but mainly teaching classes, under MAPGA Hall of Fame member Frank Cronin, PGA, at the University of Maryland.  Frank followed that with an Assistant Professional position at Fort Meade (1966) and then Bonnie View (1967) under the tutelage of MAPGA Hall of Fame member Carl Rasnic, PGA, and Cosimo Tiso, PGA, respectively.   In 1972 he accepted the Head PGA Professional assignment at Salisbury Country Club, remaining until his retirement in 1991.  He is currently an honorary member at Salisbury Country Club.

Amongst ranks of the Section’s players, Frank Herrelko won the 1996 Senior Stableford Championship and with Herb Hooper, PGA, the Southern Chapter Pro-Pro in 1980.  He finished third in the MAPGA Championship in 1971.  Nationally, Frank teed it up in four National PGA Club professional Championships: 1973, 1976, 1977 and 1979; and in the 1996 National Senior PGA Club Professional Championship.  He won more than a dozen pro-ams in his distinguished career.

As a teacher, Frank estimates that he taught more than 10,000 lessons.  Several of his junior golfers went on to receive golf scholarships.  For career-long distinguished service to the MAPGA, Frank Herrelko entered their Hall of Fame, all the while married to the former Ann Murdoch of College Park, Md. (rev. 2009)