Norwalk Hour covers Parishioner Ed Zamm, who will be honored at the 55th Annual Norwalk Old Timers dinner November 8:
Longtime golfer Ed Zamm to be honored by Old Timers
Published 5:19 pm, Tuesday, October 24, 2017
NORWALK — Ed Zamm, a fixture on the golf course at Shorehaven for more than eight decades, will be one of the 11 honorees at the 55th annual Norwalk Old Timers dinner Nov. 8 at The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien.
He will be joined by Hector Huertas, Kelly Myrick, Tim Eagen, Lynn Luczkowski, Greg Pritchett, Angelo Bruno and Mike Herring.
Mary Buschbaum, Walt Czekaj and Mike Siganos will be honored posthumously.
The 91-year-old Zamm has enjoyed a near-lifetime association with Shorehaven and still gets out on the links at least once a week. He was just 10 years old when he started playing golf and caddying at the East Norwalk club in 1936. In fact, he had the distinction of caddying for Babe Ruth during a Norwalk Hospital benefit at Shorehaven.
Zamm soon began to show his skills on the links and won the Shorehaven caddy championship. He later became the caddy master, a club member and eventually a “Guest of the Board.”
A 1942 graduate of Norwalk High School, Zamm played three years of varsity golf and was team captain as a senior. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-46, achieving the rank of Staff-Sergeant, and upon returning home from Japan he matriculated to the University of Connecticut. He played varsity golf from 1950-52, helping UConn win the Yankee Conference championship all three years, and was captain his senior year.
After the military and college, Zamm’s golf game reached new heights at Shorehaven, winning the 1968 club championship. He also won the Governor’s Cup in 1970 and ’74, and added the President’s Cup in 1971 and ’84. Then in 2003, at the age of 77, Zamm won the Ralph Greenwood Tournament.
He also played in the prestigious MGA Ike Tournament for two years as well as in the Anderson Memorial, one of the country’s premier mateur events. Zamm also participated in several CSGA events over the years. He shot a hole-in-one on the second hole at Shorehaven in 1977, and at one time was down to a 1-handicap.
For several years Zamm was active in Shorehaven’s Junior Golf Program, a way, he says, of “giving back.” He also served as coach of the Norwalk Community College men’s golf team for two years. Two of his golfers went on to become professionals, while he also coached one of the first female golfers at a Connecticut state college.
The achievement Zamm is most proud of, however, was restarting the career of Bill McMahon, an accomplished golfer at Shorehaven who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and lost his eyesight at age 25. But with Zamm’s help, McMahon became a nationally ranked blind golfer.
Until recently, Zamm was Norwalk’s oldest practicing attorney. He served as Norwalk’s City Attorney for eight years, was elected State Representative for the 139th District, won the Republican nomination for Mayor of Norwalk and was nominated for Connecticut Lt. Governor but withdrew his name. He was also actively involved with numerous civic organizations.