Mary Anne Levins and Joey Sindelar Inducted Into NYSGA Hall of Fame
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - Saturday was a special day for two local legend golfers. Elmira native Mary Anne Levins and Horseheads native Joey Sindelar were inducted into the New York State Golf Association Hall of Fame at Elmira Country Club Saturday afternoon. The two are joined in this year's 2019 class with Walter Travis and John Baldwin.
Levins is a 2-time NYSGA Women's Amateur Champion in 1982 and '83. She went on to dominate during her collegiate career at Duke University, becoming a 3-Time All-American, winning the 1984 ACC Individual Championship, and receiving the 1984 College Player of the Year award. She also holds the record for most collegiate tournament wins during her time with the Blue Devils with 12. Afterwards, Mary Anne went on to compete in 5 U.S. Women's Opens, and she earned her LPGA card in 1985 when she competed on the Futures Tour.
Sindelar also had a lot of success at a young age while he competed in the NYSGA, winning the NYSGA Sub-Junior Championship in 1971, and the NYSGA Amateur Championship in 1980. A New York State High School Champion, Sindelar played for Ohio State at the collegiate level where he was also a 3-time All-American while being a part of the 1979 National Championship team, along with being named OSU's Athlete of the Year in 1981. Sindelar turned pro shortly after college where he racked up 7 wins on the PGA Tour, along with tying for 6th in the 1992 U.S. Open, and placing in the top 10 in the 1997 PGA Championship.
WENY Sports Director, Griffin Haas, spoke with the new inductees, and they were both thrilled to be back home to receive the honor.
"My career in golf was truly launched by the people here in Chemung County" said Levins. "The support that we received, Joey and me and other players was phenomenal. I come back to my roots when I think of the reason for my success."
"This has been a re-visitation of childhood really" said Sindelar when discussing his time competing in the NYSGA. " Just to start thinking back about all of the people and all of the tournaments and stuff that went on, it has been a riot."
Check out the full video as WENY Sports catched up with new local members of the NYSGA Hall of Fame.