By Nick Curcuru
---- — One of the most decorated golfers in Salem State’s history, Gloucester’s Peter Bruni was recently inducted into the University’s athletic Hall of Fame posthumously.
Bruni built quite an athletic resume at Salem State from 1971-1973. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1973 and became the second Salem State golfer to be named an All American.
The 6’4” lefty was also a part of two Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship teams while competing in three New England State College Championships and two NAIA District 32 Championships. In 1971, Bruni’s overtime match victory clinched the 1971 New England State College Championship.
He also played for the Salem State basketball team for the 1972-73 season.
At his induction he was described as a well respected player among his peers who reflected qualities of a true student athlete.
Bruni’s daughters Ainsley and Laura, a junior forward on the Salem State University women’s basketball team, accepted the award on his behalf.
The Gloucester native was also well known on the local golf circuit as Bruni won 11 Rockport Golf Club Championships and paired with partner Bob Ryan, a Bass Rocks Club Champion, to win the member guest tournaments at Bass Rocks Golf Club and Rockport Golf Club in 1983 and 1984.
Bruni was known as a gentleman on the golf course. He was not only known for his sweet swing but also for his willingness to help anybody improve their golf game, from handing out pointers to a veteran to helping somebody just learning the game.