STAMFORD, Conn. – The Stamford golf community was stunned to learn Monday of the death of Barbara Boltin, a long-time teaching professional at Sterling Farms Golf Course. Boltin died Sunday in Florida after a prolonged battle with double pneumonia.
Boltin was the director of instruction at Sterling Farms. She worked there for 18 years and was the first person hired by Angela Aulenti when she became the head professional at the course in 1994. Aulenti said Boltin was in her early 60s. She was spending the winter at her home in Lake Worth, Fla.
“She’s been my friend for 33 years,’’ Aulenti said. “I knew she’d be great with her knowledge and her background. She was honest and trustworthy, and she was also loyal.”
Boltin had an immediate impact in the community with her teaching style. Golfers embraced her immediately, and she worked with players of all levels.
“It was her demeanor that made her a special teacher,’’ Aulenti said. “She had a warm, quiet personality. She didn’t rock any boats, she just had that way about her. She was very patient. No one said a bad word about her.”
Boltin directed a popular clinic for young golfers, which friends said was one of her favorite sessions. She also taught a popular clinic for women. Before coming to Sterling Farms she worked at several clubs in Florida.
Aulenti said Boltin suffered from flu-like symptoms, which developed into double pneumonia. Aulenti visited her at a Florida hospital several times.
Services for Boltin were still being planned. Aulenti said she will have a memorial service for her in Stamford in March.
“She was a big part of the Stamford golf community,’’ Aulenti said. “She’s going to be missed.”