Wronowski, Allen (2015)
About Wronowski, Allen (2015)
Folds of Honor Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland
Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Allen Wronowski’s incomparable impact and contributions to the Middle Atlantic PGA and the PGA of America span over thirty years. His dossier is filled with service to the golf industry and includes positions stretching from Head PGA Professional to President of The PGA of America. For that, he is honored with MAPGA Hall of Fame recognition.
He spent 34 years at Hillendale Country Club starting as an assistant professional, then PGA Head Professional, before being named PGA Director of Golf. Following election to membership in 1981, he earned numerous awards, most notable the Middle Atlantic Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 1984; the MAPGA Merchandiser of the Year in the private facility category in 1998; the Section Golf Professional of the Year in 1999; and the Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2002 for his work in club relations and employment. In addition to the many awards he has earned over the years, Allen has a distinguished record of service to the MAPGA and to The PGA of America beginning with active involvement in Section governance. From 1983-1988, Allen served on the Assistant’s Committee as Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Tournament Chair. He has served on the MAPGA Board of Directors since 1996 holding the offices of Secretary, Vice President, President, Honorary President and currently Board of Control representative.
As Middle Atlantic PGA President from 2000-01, Allen implemented numerous plans and strategies that are still being used today by the Section. A few of those ideas include creating a business plan for the Board and Committees, starting a mentoring program for apprentices to use when joining the Section, and guiding an investment fund that increased Section reserves to over $2 million, some of which was used to build a permanent headquarters in Stafford, Virginia in 2006.
At the national level, Allen has been an active member including chair of numerous committees. He served a term as District 10 Director on the national PGA Board from 2000-04 when he demonstrated his passion to enhance player development. Allen was the chair for the 2009-10 PGA Professional National Championship, 2007-10 Junior PGA Championship and The PGA Board of Control. He has chaired the Junior PGA Championship five times and has served as co-chair of the PGA Youth Player Development Committee. In 2013, Allen captained the American PGA Cup team where they retained the Llandudno Trophy when the PGA Cup ended in a 13-13 draw. Allen has also served on eight Masters Rules Committees and four U.S. Open Rules Committees.
In November 2010, Allen Wronowski became the 37th President of The PGA of America, following two years each as PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary. As PGA President, Allen oversaw the launch of Golf 2.0, the industry’s groundbreaking growth-of-the-game initiative. After completing his term as President in 2012, Allen became PGA Honorary President and on November 22, 2014 was extended a second two-year term as Honorary President by the PGA Board of Directors.
A member of The PGA of America Hall of Fame class of 2013, Allen was named Director of Golf Development and Relations in 2014 for the Folds of Honor Foundation – a PGA, United States Golf Association (USGA), and National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) supported foundation. In this position, he is responsible for pursuing new partnerships and other opportunities as he promotes the Foundation’s cause to provide scholarships in support of families of military veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country. He also serves on the National First Tee Board.
Allen and his wife, Gail, live in Bel Air, Maryland. Allen has two step-children, Rob and Lauren Chase. Rob is a PGA Professional at the Elkridge Club where he works for Joe Franz, one of Allen’s former assistant professionals. Lauren is a massage therapist and has two children, Grace and Hunter. When he is not working, Allen loves to play golf and fish.