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Robert W. Heffelman

Today young golfers idolize and attempt the impossible, mimic Tiger Woods. In Bob Heffelman's younger days he admired Lanny Wadkins for his brash style and the unbelievable chances he took. However, for the most part, Heffelman was self-taught and learned the most from playing golf with long-time friends David Barnes, a 1995 inductee, and Terry O'Rourke. "It was learning to play golf or find new friends," explained Heffelman. He competed at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School before joining up with Barnes and O'Rourke as freshman on the 1974 University of Akron golf team. Averaging 79.8 strokes per round, Heffelman helped the Zip linksmen capture 24 of 37 matches to earn a berth in the NCAA College Division Championships in Tampa, FL. Bob would go on to play a key role in UA playing in the NCAA II Championships in 1975, '76 and '77, which made it the first team in UA sports history to participate in four consecutive NCAA Championships. Heffelman played his best golf in 1975, firing a 69, the low round of the year, in the 497-504 upset of Kent State and went on to earn the MVP award with a team best 75.3 average. Later, he was paid the highest of compliments when he and Barnes were selected UA Golfers of the Decade-1971-80. In amateur competition Heffelman has also enjoyed success including, playing in the U.S. Amateur in 1987 and '93, was Akron District Golfer of the Year Champion in 1979, '85 and '92 and has been a five-time club champion at Good Park. A manufacturer’s representative at B.T. Ramsay, Bob and his wife, Sandy, have a boy and a girl and reside in Cuyahoga Falls.

Inducted 2000 | Golf