(December 1, 2023) – The Super Senior Player of the Year award was established in 2022. So far the list of winners includes just one name, Bill Hermanson.
A member of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame, Hermanson at the age of 67 put together another memorable campaign that was highlighted by a Siderowf Division victory at the Tournament of Champions at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club.
“It is certainly an honor to win Super Senior Player of the Year,” said Bill Hermanson who has won the Tournament of Champions three times including twice as a member of the Siderowf Division. “There are a bunch of good super senior players throughout the state. I guess we are all getting up there in age and have been around for a while but longevity is important in this game and it is still satisfying to win a tournament or an award like this.”
Hermanson has now earned four CSGA Player of the Year honors dating back to 1991 when he not only captured the Connecticut Amateur but also earned Dick Tettelbach Player of the Year honors. Fast forward to 2015, Hermanson won the Dick Siderowf Player of the Year, and most recently in 2022 when he won the inaugural Super Senior Play of the Year award.
However, for Hermanson golf isn’t simply about trophies. “Golf has always been a big part of my life. It is what I do for recreation and it is what I do for a job,” said Hermanson a sales representative for Ahead. “I have worked in the golf industry for my career so it means a lot. I enjoy the competition and the camaraderie. There are a bunch of good guys you get to know throughout Connecticut and New England.”
Nowhere is that camaraderie more evident than at the Julius Boros Challenge Cup and the Tri-State Matches. In 2023 Hermanson remarkably qualified for his 38th Julius Boros Challenge Cup and his 36th Tri-State team.
“The team competitions are great but the camaraderie is what really sets them apart,” said Hermanson as he reflected on the 2023 Tri-State Matches. “The vibe this year at the Tri-State Matches was just awesome. This year we had a really great mix of good guys. Both the young guys and the seniors. We had a really strong team right through the lineup. We had a couple of dinners and hung out after rounds. The young guys welcomed the old guys and the old guys welcomed the young guys. It was just a really cool vibe and it was a good mix.”
In addition, to qualifying for team Connecticut and his impressive performance at Bull’s Bridge GC, Hermanson played in the final group at the Connecticut Senior Open, won the One Day Tournament at the Country Club of Farmington, and reached the Round of 16 at the Senior Match Play Championship hosted by the Black Hall Club, his home course.
“I don’t know how I continue to have the success I’ve been having. There are a lot of guys that have been playing well,” said Hermanson who became a grandfather for the first time late in 2022. “I just love to compete and I love the camaraderie. I still enjoy it after all these years.”
About the Connecticut State Golf Association
The Connecticut State Golf Association functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 60 Championships, Qualifiers, and One Day Tournaments throughout the year.