The news from the STPGA:
Jim Hardy, a partner in the Houston-based Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design firm, has been named the PGA of American’s 2007 Teacher of the Year.
Hardy is the first member of the STPGA to receive national recognition since 1996, when Austin’s Chuck Cook was named the national Teacher of the Year, and Courtney Connell, then the head golf professional at The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio, was tabbed the PGA’s Merchandiser of the Year for public facilities.
Hardy is the third member of the Southern Texas PGA to receive the national Teacher of the Year award— the late Harvey Penick preceded Chuck Cook by seven years, earning that honor in 1989.
“Being honored like this is a very humbling experience,” said Hardy. “You always kind of hope such things come your way, but when they call to say you’ve been chosen, it’s kind of hard to believe. It’s really a wonderful thing.”
“I’m so proud that it happened for the Southern Texas PGA, too,” added Hardy. “We have many outstanding teachers within our Section . . . I kind of feel that we won as a Section, and it’s especially meaningful to be in the same company as Harvey Penick and Chuck Cook as PGA of America Teachers of the Year.”
The PGA’s Teacher of the Year award bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional for excellence in golf instruction, along with overall performance. The recipient must have attended or conducted at least two National PGA Teaching workshops, seminars, or the PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit within the past five years or have completed the PGA Certified Professional Program in Teaching. Promotion of golf, use of teaching aids, involvement in junior golf activities, teaching techniques, and articles published are some of the criteria considered for the award.
Hardy, elected to PGA of America membership in 1970, achieved PGA Quarter Century status is a Life Member of the organization. He was honored as the Southern Texas PGA’s Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year for 2002 and 2005.
Often a member of Golf Digest’s “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers” and Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers in America” lists, Hardy has been a featured speaker at the PGA’s Teaching and Coaching Summit three times (in 1990, 1996 and 2004) and has addressed over 25 PGA sectional gatherings. He was the featured speaker at the European PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit in 1997.
A nominee to the Teachers Division of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Hardy works with a formidable list of golfers that includes Peter Jacobsen, Olin Browne, Scott McCarron, Tom Pernice, Bob Tway, Jay Delsing, Graham Marsh, Don Pooley, David Eger, Chris Tidland, Dick Mast, Duffy Waldorf and Mitch Adcock. He has also worked with Dave Stockton, Carol Mann, Donna Caponi, Brad Faxon, Mark O’Meara, and Paul Azinger.
Olin Browne and Peter Jacobsen have won PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year honors while working with Hardy.
An All-American golfer at Oklahoma State University in 1966, Hardy is a veteran of PGA Tour and Champions Tour competition. He has been a color analyst for golf network telecasts for NBC, ESPN and MISLOU, and provided golf tips for NBC telecasts in 1982.
He has won the Southern Texas PGA Senior Professional Championship three times.
Among the prominent golf instructors who have studied under Hardy are Hank Haney, Mike LaBauve, Jim Murphy, Martin Hall, Roger Gunn, Paul Gorman, Chris O’Connell and Rick Sellers.
A frequent contributor of instructional articles to a variety of periodicals, Hardy has authored and been featured in several books and videos. His first book, “The Plane Truth for Golfers,” was published in 2005 and was the best selling golf book in the world for that year.
His second book, “The Plane Truth for Golfers, Master Class,” was published in April of this year and is among the top 10 selling golf book in the United States.
Hardy’s partnership with Peter Jacobsen at Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design has produced a number of noteworthy golf courses, including both layouts at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress and the Member Course at Redstone Golf Club.
The Teacher of the Year award is one of nine national honors presented by the PGA of America to its members annually. Those awards are; Golf Professional of the Year; the PGA Horton Smith Award; the Bill Strausbaugh Award; PGA Junior Golf Leader; PGA President’s Plaque; and Merchandiser of the Year (in three categories, Public, Private and Resort Facilities).
All of the 2007 honorees will receive formal presentation of their awards at the PGA of America Awards celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, during the 55th PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Linda W. Chapin Auditorium in Orlando, Fla.
Additional information about Jim Hardy may be found on the internet at www.jimhardygolf.com and www.jacobsenhardy.com.