Sunday, September 24, 2006

STPGA Stalwart Honored by Alma Mater

From the STPGA:

Former Southern Texas PGA President Carl Baker was inducted into the Stephen F. Austin State University Lettermen’s Association Athletic Jacks of Honor on Sept. 23, 2006. Baker played golf for the Lumberjacks from 1976 to 1980. He is among six former Lumberjacks to join the school’s athletic hall of fame this year.

“This was something I didn’t expect at all,” said Baker of his selection for the honor. “It’s flattering and very humbling. It’s neat to be remembered with something like this from your university, especially considering I have been gone from there for 26 years.”

Baker graduated in May 1980 with Bachelor of Science degree in business and education. He was a member of the Lumberjack golf team and won 12 college and amateur tournaments, including the 1980 Center Invitational and the inaugural 1980 Temple Cup. In 1979, he was named co-champion of the Lone Star Conference, and he earned first-team, all-conference honors during his junior and senior years at Stephen F. Austin.

He won the 1987 Texas State Open as a professional and was the 1987
Southern Texas PGA Player of the Year. He has been a member of nine Southern Texas PGA Texas Joe Black Cup Matches teams and served as Captain of one of those teams.

Baker, the head golf professional at The Deerwood Club in Kingwood, was elected to membership in the PGA of America in 1985. In addition to serving as the STPGA president in 1995 and 1996, he served two-year terms as the Section’s vice-president and secretary/treasurer, plus six years as a member of the STPGA Board of Directors. He also served on the PGA of America’s national tournament committee in 1994 and 1995.

Baker was the Southern Texas PGA Golf Professional of the Year for 1995 and was the STPGA Merchandiser of the Year for private facilities in 1994. Baker has also received several Chapter awards within the STPGA.

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