Edward J. Kroll
COOPERSTOWN — Edward J. Kroll, 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at his home in Cooperstown.
Ed was born in New Hartford in 1930, the fourth son and last of nine children to Jacob and Mary Krӧl.
He was married to his beloved wife, Michaline, (Micky), in 1951.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years; his daughters, Louise Anne of Cooperstown, Kathryn of Oneonta, Nancy of Schenectady; his grandson, Marcus Anthony Delgado III, also of Oneonta; and several nieces and nephews.
Ed attended and graduated from New Hartford Central High School in 1949. He was a four letter athlete who played baseball, basketball, football and golf. His senior year he was voted “Most Valuable” football player for the “Red and Blue.” He also was chosen to represent Central New York in the New York State High School Golf Championship Tournament in 1948.
Ed started his golf career caddying at the Yahnundasis Golf Club at age 9. He won his first golf tournament at 15 when he won the First Annual Utica Junior Amateur Championship title. He won the city junior title again at age 17. When he was 18, he took the top spot in the Utica Amateur Championship, and won this title again the following year at age 19.
Ed turned professional in 1950, serving his PGA apprenticeship under William Grygiel Sr. at Drumlins C.C. in Syracuse. In 1952, he went to Cooperstown as assistant to then head golf professional, Len Raynor. In August of that same year Ed was named head golf professional of the then named, Cooperstown Country Club. Ed continued to work for the Leatherstocking Corporation as head golf professional until his retirement in 1993.
Ed was a lifetime member of the Professional Golfers Association of America for 58 years, earning his Class A title in 1955. During these years Ed had many outstanding golfing accomplishments at both the local and national levels.