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Posted Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004

 

E-Z-GO to Sponsor New Labron Harris Sr. Award

Honor presented to PGA professional who also serves as college or high school coach
 

NORMAN, Okla. ?

E-Z-GO - the world?s largest manufacturer of golf cars and utility vehicles - has agreed to sponsor the newly created Labron Harris Sr. Award announced the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The Harris Award will be presented to the college of high school coach and PGA of America professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and represent the finest qualities the game has to offer. A scholarship presented to a deserving man and women in the recipient?s PGA section is included as a part of the sponsorship.

"E-Z-GO is pleased to be the title sponsor of the new Labron Harris Award, honoring an outstanding coach who is also a member of the PGA of America," said Kevin Holleran, E-Z-GO Vice-President - Sales & Marketing. "We believe that support of this award and the GCAA is consistent with our efforts to grow the game at all levels and our continued support of the PGA."

 

"The GCAA is pleased E-Z-GO, the industry leader in golf cars and utility vehicles, will serve as the title sponsor of the Labron Harris Award," stated GCAA President Tom Drennan. "Recognition is long overdue for those individuals who have contributed to the game by serving in the dual capacity of PGA professional and coach. Coach Harris epitomized this position while serving as head coach at Oklahoma State and golf professional at Lakeside Golf Course."

One of the pioneering coaches in college golf; Harris served as the head coach at Oklahoma State from 1947-73. Harris? teams won 24 conference titles and one NCAA championship (1963), and his charges posted 20 top-five finishes at the national tournament during his 27 years as head coach. While those numbers are impressive, the fact that all bur four golfers who played out their eligibility during his time were able to graduate is a tribute to the excellence that set the foundation for the program?s success then and still today. He was also largely responsible for the building of Lakeside Golf Course and the Stillwater Country Club, both in Stillwater, Okla. Harris served as the professional at Lakeside, teaching the game to anyone who wanted to learn. He was inducted in the GCAA Hall of Fame in 1980.

 

E-Z-GO, a Textron company, based in Augusta, Georgia, is celebrating its 50

th anniversary in 2004. The company manufactures the #1 selling golf car in the world. Additionally, E-Z-GO is a leading provider of industrial, turf and utility vehicles for a variety of applications and industries.

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