OHIO GOLF HALL Boardman's Bellino inducted into hall
Over the years, he qualified for and played in many PGA events.
BOARDMAN -- George Bellino of Boardman and Ralph Maltbie were the newest inductees into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame recently.
Bellino, who will turn 71 on Aug. 30, was one of four brothers who had outstanding amateur golf careers.
Success in golf came early for Bellino as he qualified for the National Caddy Tournament in 1950. Two years later as a member of the East High School golf team, Bellino led the Golden Bears to a state championship along with his brother Joe.
In 1953, Bellino won the Junior Championship of Youngstown.
After a stint in the army, Bellino attended Ohio State. In 1959 after capturing medalist honors for the Buckeyes in The Ohio Intercollegiate, Bellino decided to turn professional.
Bellino played on and off the regular tour for many years. Some notable events included qualifying for the United States Open three times, the PGA 11 times, the British Open at St. Andrews in 1970, the Canadian Open in 1971, the Senior PGA 14 times and the United States Senior Open.
Although he never won the Ohio Open, Bellino was runner-up three times.
Some of his top tournament victories included winning the Ohio Senior Open Championship in 1987, the Erie Classic in 1976, the Youngstown Open, the Cleveland Open, the Akron Open and the Tigertown Open.
In 1980, Bellino was named Northern Ohio PGA Club Professional Player of the Year one year after being named the Player of the Year.
He qualified for the Ohio Challenge Cup for 15 consecutive years, winning the Open Title four times.
His outstanding record qualified him for the PGA Club Professional Tournament several times.
He won the Northern Ohio Championship in 1968 and again in 1988. He was named The Senior Player of the Year in 1986, 1988, and in 1997.
From 1963-1975, Bellino was the head golf professional at Stambaugh Golf Course. After that, he became the head pro and golf superintendent at Tippecanoe Country Club where he served until his retirement in 2004.
During his tenure as golf professional, Bellino received many honors. He has been inducted into the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame, the East High School Hall of Fame and the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame.
Bellino is married to the former Mary Ann Wydick and has three sons -- Dr. Richard Bellino, who resides in Vermont, and Robert and Ronald, who live in Youngstown.