Paul Reinking

Inducted: 2005

Elected to PGA Membership in 1973, Reinking has dedicated his life to growing the game of golf and serving the PGA community. Dedicating over thirty years as PGA head professional at Kankakee Country Club, he has been the consummate professional. His commitment and support of junior golf at Kankakee and throughout the state earned him the 1995 and 1997 Illinois PGA Junior Golf Leader Award and, in 2003, the Illinois Junior Golf Association's Distinguished Service Award.

The Illinois PGA named him the 1980 Horton Smith Award winner, the 1990 Bill Strausbaugh Award winner and the 1994 PGA Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor paid to a Section PGA professional. In 2004, Reinking was selected as the PGA of America's national Bill Strausbaugh Award winner, presented for distinguishing himself in the field of club relations, causing dramatic improvements in employment conditions and servicing of one's community.