Oct. 17, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State golf alum Joey Sindelar was inducted into the New York State Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 5th at Elmira Country Club in Elmira New York. The current Champions Tour player holds high standing in the annals of Ohio State golf history, with his name dotted all over the record book with awards and scoring records. Sindelar was inducted alongside John Baldwin, Mary Anne Widman Levins and Walter Travis.
As a youth in New York, the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Famer showed promise early on, winning the 1971 New York State Boys’ Sub-Junior Amateur Championship at the age of 13. Sindelar continued to improve, winning the 1976 New York State High School Championship by 11 shots after finishing runner-up in 1975. The New York State Men’s Amateur Championship title eluded him through high school and into college before he finally captured the tournament win in his fourth appearance in 1980 at Vestal Hills where he set a tournament record at eight-under par for the 72-hole event.
Sindelar played at Ohio State from 1978-81 and participated in 49 tournaments over his career, turning in a 73.68 scoring average, good enough for top-15 in Buckeye history since 1980-81. The New York native picked up the first victory of his collegiate career as a freshman at the Michigan Invitational and added eight more in his ensuing three seasons to place second behind Chris Perry in career victories since 1980-81. Over his time at Ohio State, Sindelar also accumulated 24 top-5 finishes, including leading his team to the 1979 NCAA National Championships where he placed fifth. That 1979 finish capped off his first All-American selection (Second Team), and was followed by back-to-back First Team All-American selections in 1980-81 to close out his career. Along the way, Sindelar was a Big Ten Individual champion (1981), Les Bolstad Award winner (1981), three time First Team All-Big Ten (1979-81), and three time Kepler champion (1979-81).
In his time at Ohio State, the Buckeyes won one NCAA National Championship, three Big Ten Championships, three Kepler titles, and 34 tournaments.
After becoming a part of the professional ranks, Sindelar captured his first victory at the Greater Greensboro Open in 1985. He has won six other events on the PGA Tour, the most recent coming at the Wachovia Championship in 2004, and has eight professional victories in total including the New York State Open which he won in 1983.
Sindelar still lives in New York and has competed on the Champions Tour since 2008 where he has over 30 top-10 finishes.