2001 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Joe Aboid

Joe Aboid
Lynchburg, Virginia
2001 Inductee, Executive Category

Born: July 19, 1955

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Residence: Forest, Virginia

Occupation: Owner, Putt-Putt Golf & Games, Lynchburg, Virginia

Joined PPA: 1971

PPA Lifetime Stroke Average: 30.02

PPA Career Money Winnings: $9,867.33

PPA National Tour Victories: 1973 Columbus Open; 1972 Anderson (Ind.) Open

Other PPA Accomplishments: PPA Hall of Fame, 2001; PPA Commissioner, 2001; PPA Hall of Fame Executive Committee, 2001-1986; PPA National Tournament Director, 2001, 1996-1985; Host professional, $15,000 PPA National Championship, Lynchburg, Va., Host professional, PPA ProPutters.com National Match-Play Championship, Lynchburg, Va., 2001; Host Professional, Junior Putters of America National Championship, 2001; Host professional, $10,000 PPA Eastern Open, Lynchburg, Va., 1998; Producer, PPA Hall of Fame Memories, 1996-1987; Co-founder PPA Hall of Fame, 1986; Technical Adviser, PPA Syndicated Television Series, 1995-1986; Commentator, PPA Syndicated Television Series, 1994, 1993; Host professional, PPA National Championship, Columbus, Ohio, 1984, 1983, 1979-74; Host professional, PPA World Putting Championship, Columbus, Ohio, 1978-74; Host professional, $10,000 PPA Eastern Open, Columbus, Ohio, 1977; Host professional, Junior Putters of America National Championship, Columbus, Ohio, 1977

Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America Achievements: Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America National Board of Advisors, 2001-1998, 1996-1981; Manager of the Year, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Lynchburg, Va. 1996; Director of Operations, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, 1996-1984; Director of Training, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, 1994-1986; Creator, first animated television commercial for Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, 1990; Manager, PPA Course, Columbus, Ohio, 1984-1973; Manager of the Year, Putt-Putt Golf & Games, Columbus, Ohio, 1981; President's Award, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, 1974

Walk along the path of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America and the Professional Putters Association, and surely, you will come upon Joe Aboid, son of one of the game's founding fathers, Phil Aboid, who distinguished himself as one of the franchise system's most revered owners.

"I remember telling my dad that it wasn't easy being Phil Aboid's son," Joe Aboid says. "It had been a hard day at the Putt-Putt, it was 2 o'clock in the morning and I was 16 years old. I told my dad that it was never what Joe Aboid did, but what Phil Aboid's son did. He told me, like only my dad could, that if I felt that way that I should do something else in life, because I would always be Phil Aboid's son."

From player to course manager to operations executive for Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America to PPA National Tournament Director to PPA Commissioner to owner of the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Lynchburg, Va., Joe Aboid emerged to cast a giant shadow of his own in the franchise system that was founded in 1954. He did it with an integrity, an honesty, a work ethic and a passion that has been unequaled in the history of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America - all lessons learned from Phil Aboid, the father Joe Aboid adored.

"Everything that I learned and attempted to do started with my mom and my dad," Joe Aboid says. "It started in our home with their commitment to one another, and to our family. It followed me through life, and that's why I have always cherished the business of Putt-Putt Golf. It's the greatest game, because it is where you see fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers and sisters and brothers enjoying themselves as a family. There is no greater reward in this business."

In his youth, Joe Aboid became the first manager of the PPA Course in Columbus, Ohio. In his living room, he helped create the PPA Hall of Fame. In his soul, he served the PPA as national tournament director and its commissioner in a season on the threshold of end. In Ypsilanti, Mich., he was there to witness an old friend realize a lifelong dream. In his heart, Teri Aboid has been the love of his life, Lynn Aboid his pride and his joy, and Putt-Putt Golf & Games and the Professional Putters Association his passion.

"I am grateful to Don Clayton and so many who allowed me to stand on their shoulders," Joe Aboid said on August 9, 2001 as he became the 29th member of the PPA Hall of Fame in ceremonies in Lynchburg, Va. "Without them, I never could have climbed the mountains. And most of all, I am so proud to say that I am Phil Aboid's son."



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