1989 PPA Hall of Fame Inductee
Phil Aboid

 

Phil Aboid
Parma, OH
1989 Inductee, Executive Category

Born: October 20, 1925

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Residence: Parma, Ohio

Education: High School Equivalent Graduate

Occupation: General Managing Partner, Aboid Management Company

Turned Professional: 1960

Putt-Putt Golf Course Ownerships: Euclid, Ohio (1963-1973); Buffalo, NY (1963-1970); Lorain-Elyria, Ohio (1962-1968); Willoughby, Ohio (1962-1965); Middleburg Heights, Ohio (1960-1973); North Olmsted, Ohio (1960-1970)

Other PPA Tour Victories and Accomplishments: 1989 PPA Hall of Fame; Architect, World Putting Championship (1968); Appointed in 1966 to Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America National Board of Directors; 1st person ever appointed Member Emeritus to Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America National Board of Directors, 1974; PPA Special Service Award for unselfish devotion and dedication, 1976; PPA Leadership Award, 1974; Television Marshall for World Putting Championship, 1972; Landry Award, 1969; Host Course Owner, 1963 $50,000 PPA National Championship (North Olmsted, Ohio); Host Course Owner, 1967 $5,000 Northern Open (Euclid, Ohio); Host Course Owner, Miss Putt-Putt Golf Courses Beauty Contest (Euclid, Ohio) 1968.

Phil Aboid was never one to look over his shoulder.

"Every day is a holiday," PPA competitors heard him say for more than three decades. "God has granted us so many days on earth. We're leasing each day of life. We can't ever realize yesterday, so I feel every day is a holiday. We actually live for today, but we're always planning for tomorrow. That's the Aboid way of life. We celebrate each day like it's a holiday."

And that is how Phil Aboid touched Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc. and the Professional Putters Association - day by day and striving for a better tomorrow. With that philosophy, vision, and familiar cigar in hand, the son of a Lebanese shoe cobbler laid plans for the World Putting Championship, a tournament Phil Aboid spent most of the night creating in a smoke-filled room in 1968 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His concept met with resounding approval and projected the PPA and it's six figure purses onto American and European sports pages. "We locked ourselves in a room and were not coming out until we had something magical," says Phil Aboid, who believed in that same philosophy in 1963 when he hosted the $50,000 PPA National Championship in North Olmsted, Ohio.

From dropping out of high school to support his mother and three sisters to building a better tomorrow for Putt-Putt Golf Courses, the Professional Putters Association and the Junior Putters of America, Phil Aboid always accepted challenges in the name of a better tomorrow. Among those who realized success out of the "Aboid Putting School" were "youngsters" like Ray Browning, Gary Love, Bill Baus, Dick Florin, Tom O'Brien, Jack Howell, Jim Pizmont, John Wendowlowski, John Thoburn, John Snyder, Bob Poltis and eldest son Joe Aboid, a professional who was named PPA National Tournament Director in 1985. Testimony to his love of the game was recognized in 1974 when he was named Member Emeritus to the Putt-Putt Golf Courses National Board of Directors. Phil Aboid became the sixth man enshrined into the PPA Hall of Fame on June 30, 1989 in ceremonies at Fayetteville, North Carolina - home of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc. and the Professional Putters Association.

 

 

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