Joe Kristosik, PGA Life Member and Jay Spitale, Congress Lake Club were inducted in to the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame during the Fall Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 29th at Westfield Group Country Club/Cary Blair Center.
Joe was born in Elyria, Ohio. He attended Elyria High School. In October, 1945, Joe was drafted by the US Army Infantry and due to superior scores on the Army’s IQ test he was immediately reassigned to the Army Air Force. Unfortunately, he contracted Spinal Meningitis while serving and was honorably discharged in 1947.
He started his golf career in 1952 as an Assistant Golf Professional at Sunset Country Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1954 he became the Assistant Golf Professional at Congress Lake Country Club. Then in 1955 he became the Assistant Golf Professional at Elyria Country Club. Joe’s first Head Golf Professional position was at Oberlin Golf Club where he was employed from 1959 to 1964. In 1966 he became the Head Golf Professional at Aqua Marine Resort where he remained until 1992. He is presently a PGA of America Life Member and a Teaching Professional at Bob-O-Links Golf Course in Avon, Ohio.
In 1989 Joe was honored as the Northern Ohio PGA Merchandiser of the Year in the Resort category. He was elected to the PGA of America Half Century Club in 2009 for his 50 years of service and dedication to the Association.
His community service involvement is extensive. He works with disabled war veterans, as well as, other disabled individuals. He volunteers his time with the ForeHope organization, as well as, working with stroke victims from the Lorain Community Hospital. Joe also donates used golf clubs and golf balls to the First Tee organizations in Northern Ohio.
Joe and his wife Joan currently reside in Avon, Ohio. They have three children, Mark, Jonathan, and Joseph Jr.