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Gail Hackett

HACKETT BECOMES JUST THE FOURTH FEMALE GOLFER TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE SUMMIT COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE GOLFER LONG BEFORE SHE BECAME A “SENIOR” ATHLETE - SHE ACTUALLY STARTED PLAYING WHEN SHE WAS JUST NINE YEARS OLD AND WON HER FIRST TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE AGE OF 21 - GAIL HACKETT CLAIMS THAT HER COMPETITIVE JUICES REALLY BEGAN TO FLOW WHEN SHE REACHED THE AGE OF 50.

INSPIRED BY HER MOTHER, HELEN KLIPPERT – WHO WAS ALSO AN AVID GOLFER, HACKETT WAS A NATURAL AND LOVED THE GAME FOR ITS RECREATIONAL VALUE AND THE CAMARADERIE THE SPORT PROVIDED. ENJOYMENT OF THE GAME DIDN’T CAUSE HER TO LOSE HER COMPETITIVE EDGE – IN FACT, QUITE THE OPPOSITE – DURING THE NEXT FOUR DECADES SHE WON 21 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CONGRESS LAKE COUNTRY CLUB AND A PAIR OF AKRON DISTRICT GOLF ASSOCIATION TITLES. SHE ALSO ACQUIRED THE TITLE – “THE LEGEND OF STARK COUNTY” AS A TESTAMENT TO HER WINNING SEVEN STARK COUNTY WOMEN’S AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES.

HER GOLFING CAREER WAS FAR FROM SLOWING DOWN HOWEVER, AFTER TURNING FIFTY SHE PLAYED IN HER FIRST SENIOR EVENT - THE 2004 OHIO SENIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT – SHE WON. SHE ADDED TWO MORE OHIO SENIOR GOLF TITLES TO HER RESUME, CAPTURING THE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2012 AND AGAIN THIS PAST SUMMER. IN ANOTHER FIRST - SHE CAPTURED THE 2005 OHIO SENIOR WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL GOLF ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT BY WINNING A SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF WITH LOCAL GOLF STANDOUT PAT MILTON. SHE HAS SINCE WON FOUR MORE “OSWIGA” CHAMPIONSHIPS – BRINGING HOME THE TITLE IN 2008, 2011, 2013 AND 2014.

Inducted 2014 | Golf