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AYER — An Ayer man earned top honors when the New England Professional Golfers’ Association (NEPGA) tapped Les Bond as its 2009 Hall of Fame inductee.

The tribute was announced two weeks ago in advance of this fall’s NEPGA Awards Banquet in October.

Les Bond, 70, played in 11 major championships back in the day, “before the money got big. We all owe our income to Arnold Palmer when it became a livable wage,” he said.

The Ayer resident was the 35-year head pro at Wellesley Country Club, where he fondly remembers giving lessons to the likes of 1991 LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Bradley “when she was a kid,” and 1999 LPGA Hall of Famer Beth Daniel.

He said that his wife, Judi, and five children, Christopher, Jerry, Lisa, Michelle, and Kimberly, all served at one time or another as staffers in the Wellesley Country Club pro shop.

Bond suffers from shoulder and knee problems and so doesn’t get to play much anymore, but his goal is to rehabilitate so he can “shoot (a score) my age at 80.” Bond winters in West Palm Beach but otherwise resides here in Ayer.

Bond is past president, secretary-treasurer and executive committee member of the Boylston based NEPGA.

His greatest golf accomplishment? “I loved to teach and work with the kids. That was my greatest thrill — to have some small effect on so many kids.”

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