Meredith Koerner started playing golf at Freeport Country Club. Known then as Merri Hudson, she went on to win the 1980 Maine schoolgirl championship, two Southern Maine Women’s Golf Association titles and a New England collegiate championship.

Her playing career and experiences in the game laid the foundation for her work career. For the past 30 years, Koerner has worked for the Acushnet Golf Company, the manufacturer of Titleist golf clubs and golf balls, in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

Koerner will be inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame with five others in September at the Poland Spring Resort.

“I’m thrilled,” said Koerner.

“I’m really honored. Golf has been such a big part of my life. It helped to make me what I am and what I do,” she said.

Koerner lives with her husband and two daughters in Marion, Massachusetts. She is the director of enterprise resource planning for Acushnet and currently working on moving all of the company’s divisions onto a single software server.

“I was in sales and customer service for years,” she said.

“My father got me started in golf. He was a school teacher, and he would take us out and play golf in the summer.”

After graduating from the University of Maryland following two years at Princeton, Koerner worked for Rick Pohle, the head pro at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Koerner used to take lessons from Pohle when he was the head pro at Gorham CC. After starting at Freeport CC, Koerner started playing at Gorham. Koerner contemplated a career as a club pro but opted for the business side of golf.

Koerner, 53, said she doesn’t get to play as much these days as she would like, but is hoping to find more time in a few years.

The other inductees:

 Jane Diplock, Manchester: Diplock won the Women’s Maine State Senior Championship five times and is a 10-time women’s club champion at the Augusta CC. Diplock has been a staunch supporter of women’s golf in the state as a longtime officer with the Women’s Maine State Golf Association.

George Ellis: Ellis was selected posthumously by the Veterans Committee. He was a member of both the Maine Seniors Golf Association and the Southern Maine Seniors Golf Association. He was the longtime treasurer of the Maine Seniors. He also served on the board of governors for the New England Seniors Golf Association as the Maine representative. Ellis was a longtime member of both the Portland CC and the Purpoodock Club.

Phil Gerber: Gerber was selected posthumously by the veterans. Gerber and his brother, Saul, a Hall of Fame inductee, founded the Southern Maine Seniors Golf Association. Gerber was a longtime member of Riverside GC in Portland and the course’s first starter in 1934. Gerber was one of the top players in the state and was well versed in Maine golf history.

Brian Enman, Brewer: Enman has been the head professional at Bangor Municipal GC since 1995 after starting his career as an assistant to Austin Kelly at Bangor. He won the Paul Bunyan Amateur tournament in 1972 and was the 1976 Maine chapter PGA champion.

Romeo Laberge, Old Orchard Beach: A longtime administrator with the Maine State Golf Association, Laberge served as tournament director from 1997 to 2011. He has been a rules official for Maine and New England tournaments. For years, Laberge was one of the state’s top players and won the Tri-City Championship (Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach) in 1973.

The induction banquet will be Sept. 10. A scramble tournament begins the day at 1 p.m, with a social hour from 5 to 6, and dinner and inductions after.

For more information, contact Hall of Fame executive director Gary Rees at 341-2911 or go to

Tee to Green: Jim and Mike Caron of Gorham captured the state Father and Son Championship of the Maine State Golf Association last week at Natanis GC in Vassalboro. The Carons shot 75 to tie Tim and Ben Estabrook, and Walter and Jeff Golojuch, and won on a match of cards.

John Derr, one of the country’s pioneer golf broadcasters/reporters, died at age 97 from a heart attack in Pinehurst, North Carolina, on June 6. Derr and his family spent many summers in Lovell, where he owned a home. Derr covered 62 Masters tournaments, including the first CBS telecast in 1956. In 2007, the tournament awarded Derr the Masters Major Achievement Award.

Derr was friends with many of golf’s greats, including Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. Derr walked step by step with Hogan in 1953 at Carnoustie, reporting on Hogan’s only British Open victory.

“John was the last living link from the era of Bobby Jones to the era of Tiger Woods,” said Les Fleisher of Cape Elizabeth and Pinehurst, who does a weekly golf radio show in Pinehurst and often had Derr on.

“His mind remained sharp and he stayed current on today’s game,” he said.

Jeff Martin, who graduated from Portland High and was an assistant pro at Riverside GC and Biddeford-Saco CC, placed second in last week’s Massachusetts Open. Martin, the head pro at Norton CC in Massachusetts, had rounds of 70, 70 and 68 to finish a shot behind Joe Harney of Granite Links in Quincy, Massachusetts.