Biography — Chizinski Stan

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Stan Chizinski

Stan Chizinski
Golf Professional

Stan had a tremendous impact on the game of golf in Geneva serving as the golf professional at Geneva Country Club for 48 years.  Stan loved to teach junior golfers and watch them progress through the years.  Stan began caddying at a club in Terryville, Conn.  He played on the high school team which saw five of the players go on to be golf pros.  After high school, where he was a runner-up in the state championship, he moved on to Duke University before leaving to serve in the Air Corps during World War II. Stan went on to Hobart College after the war where he received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1949. While at Hobart he played on the golf team, served as team captain and also won the Geneva city golf championship.

Stan became the golf professional at Geneva Country Club in 1948 and served until 1996. He started the first youth program in the community and his first group of students went on to have a great run at Geneva High school winning four league and three sectional titles.  Their golf team was inducted into the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Many of his former students went on to play in college. Stan was also an early advocate of women’s golf and started the first women’s twilight league in the area. He was the 1st golf pro in the Western NY section on the PGA Tour to use shotgun starts for tournaments and the first on the east coast to develop a workable handicap system for Florida scramble tournaments that are popular today. Stan served as golf coach at Hobart College and an award is still given in his honor. He still holds the course record of 64 at Geneva Country Club and was the first inductee into the Geneva Country Club Hall of Fame.  His lasting legacy will be the many generations of golfers who not only learned the game but learned a love of the game.

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