PGA of Canada Atlantic is mourning the passing of former zone president and PGA of Canada president Jim Connolly, who spent 56 years at Riverside Country Club in Rothesay, N.B., before retiring in 2015. Connolly died Sunday after a battle with cancer.
“It is a very sad day for the golf community in Atlantic Canada as we lose one of the best professionals in the history the PGA of Canada Atlantic,” said executive director Lindon Garron.
“Jim Connolly was a mentor to many and a fantastic role model as a PGA professional. He was the face of the Riverside Country Club,” he added.
Connolly started at Riverside in 1959 and became a PGA Class A member in 1977. The following year, he became head professional at Riverside.
In 1983-84, Connolly served as Atlantic zone president and would serve in the same capacity for the PGA of Canada in 1995-96. In 1997, he was named PGA Atlantic and PGA of Canada Golf Professional of the Year.
In 2015, Connolly was the recipient of the inaugural PGA Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is survived by his wife Pam and sons Don and Greg.