Gary Trivisonno

Induction Year: 2008 Sport: Golf

One of the most dominant male golfers in Northeastern Ohio over the last three decades, he came out of St. Joseph High to earn a scholarship to the University of Alabama where would gain an eighth place finish in the 1978 College All-American Classic and All-SEC second team honors. By then he had already won the first two of his three Ohio Publinx championships and the 1977 Ohio Amateur championship. He added his third Ohio Publinx title in 1978 and was crowned the Ohio Open Champion in 1979. Honors kept piling up from there – seven Player of the Year citations on the NOPGA (Northern Ohio PGA) section, three NOPGA Match Play Championships, two NOPGA section championships, and most recently the 2008 Senior Open Championship. In 1996 he competed in the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills Country Club and in a signature moment found himself tied for fifth with a 69 after the first day. He has twice turned in scores of 61, but neither matched from a pride standpoint the 64 he fired at Aurora Country Club to tie the course record held jointly by Arnold Palmer, Bruce Devlin and Charles Coody. He was the head pro at Aurora from 1991 to 2005 and now manages and operates Strongsville Golf.