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GCAA Hall of Fame

In 1980, the GCAA began inducting outstanding college golf coaches into the Hall of Fame. Since then, the hall has grown to include more tha 135 members. To be selected to the Hall of Fame, a coach must be nominated by his peers, and then selected by the GCAA Hall of Fame Committee. Selection criteria not only include a coach's record on the golf course, but his contributions to the game, student-athletes and school.

Living members of the Hall of Fame are eligible to receive the GCAA's highest coaching honor, the Honor Award. The Honor Award is presented, in cooperation with the College Golf Foundation as Associate Presenting Sponsor, to coaches who during their careers, competed at a high level and greatly impacted collegiate golf.

In January 2002, the late Karsten Solheim, founder of PING golf equipment and Karsten Manufacturing became the first non-coach to be accepted into the Hall of Fame. Solheim was honored posthumously with the inaugural GCAA Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to college golf and its student athletes. Other honorees include Byron Nelson, recipient in 2004, Arnold Palmer (2007), Jack Nicklaus (2008), Friends of Golf (2010), Jim Awtrey (2015), and Jim Nantz (2016).


NameUniversity/CollegeYear Inducted
Buddy Alexander
Florida
2001
Dr. Garland Allen
Gardner-Webb
2017
Bob Alpers
St. John's (Minn.)
2010
Jim Awtrey
Lifetime Achievement
2015
Earl Bagley
Columbus State
1999
Ron Balicki
Golfweek
2010
Buster Bishop
Florida
1982
Puggy Blackmon
South Carolina
2004
Kyle Blaser
Oklahoma City
2010
Kermit Blosser
Ohio
1980
Maxie Boles
Central Alabama CC
2009
Les Bolstad
Minnesota
1980
Prof. Arthur Boulet
Bryant
2011
O.D. Bounds
Texas Wesleyan
2009
Walter Bourne
Princeton
2018
Joe Boyle
Penn State
1987
Tom Brennan
Coastal Carolina
1997
Bruce Brockbank
BYU
2015
Bill Brogden
Tulsa
1991
Devon Brouse
Purdue
2009
Jim Brown
Ohio State
1989
Tim Brown
Skidmore
2001
Bill Carson
Youngstown State

1990

Michael Carlisle
South Carolina-Aiken

2010

Paul Chavez
Odessa College

2017

Ronnie Choate
Sam Houston State

2009

Vince Clark
McLenan Community College

2016

Jimmy Clayton
Texas

1998

Fred Cobb
North Texas

1980

J. Perry Cole
LSU

2012

Steve Condon
Jefferson Davis State/Huntingdon

2014

Steve Conley
Methodist

2006

Dick Copas
Georgia

1993

Bobby Cornett
Texas Wesleyan

2010

Ed Cottrell
West Chester State

1991

Roger Cromer
Miami (Ohio)

1995

Frank Cronin
Maryland

1987

Bill Cullum
Cal State - Northridge

1989

Steve Desimone
California

2010

Ed Donnelly
Vermont

1981

Dr. Sonny Dragoin
Auburn

1998

Tom Drennan
Rhode Island

2007

Bob Ellis
Texas A&M

1997

Joe Feaganes
Marshall

1998

Steve Fell
West Florida

2017

Herb Ferrill
North Texas State

1985

John Fields
Texas/New Mexico

2012

Bud Finger
Stanford

1980

Robert Fitch
Indiana

1995

Bruce Fossum
Michigan State

1985

Friends of Golf
Lifetime Achievement

2010

Bill Gardner
Walters State

2014

Wally Goodwin
Stanford

2000

Dr. Dick Gordin
Ohio Wesleyan

1980

Doug Gordin
Florida Southern

2000

Mike Griffin
Auburn

1999

Gregg Grost
Lamar/Oklahoma

2006

Chris Haack
Georgia

2012

Jesse Haddock
Wake Forest

1981

Mike Hagen
Arkansas State/Indian Hills

2018

Dumpy Hagler
Duke

1982

George Hannon
Texas

1982

Jim Hanny
Cal State-Stanislaus

1992

Jay Hardwick
Virginia Tech

2007

Labron Harris, Sr.
Oklahoma State

1980

Gary Hart
PING

2011

Bruce Heppler
Georgia Tech

2013

Raymond "Buddy" Hewitt
Murray State

2001

JT Higgins
Texas A&M

2015

Rev. George Holderith
Notre Dame

1985

Howell Hollis
Georgia

1981

Floyd Horgan
Brevard CC/Centenary

2010

Jerry Hrnciar
Cameron

2012

Tim Huet
TaylorMade | adidas

2014

Ken Hyland
Malone

2011

George Jacobson
Salem State

1996

Vince Jarrett
Abilene Christian/Houston

2011

Dave Jennings
Central Alabama

2013

Jack Jensen
Guilford

2007

Bill Johnson
Dartmouth

1990

Vic Kelly
UCLA

1983

Bob Keplar
Ohio State

1980

Dwaine Knight
UNLV

2002

Mark Laesch
Golfstat

2017

Rick LaRose
Arizona

2002

Randy Lein
Arizona State

2008

Steve Loy
Arizona State

2009

Lowell Lukas
entral Conecticut State

1992

Clyde Luther
USGA/NCAA Rules

2012

John MacDonald
Temple

1996

Bill Mann
Arizona State

1988

Bud Marsee
Broward Community College

2013

Charley Matlock
Florida Southern

1991

Andy McDonald
Southwestern Missouri State

1983

Mike McGraw
Baylor/Alabama/Oklahoma State

2016

Dick McGuire
New Mexico

1980

John Means
Colorado State/Army/Minnesota/Idaho

2013

Eddie Merrins
UCLA

1992

Willie Miller
Furman

2006

Gene Miranda
U.S. Air Force Academy

1997

Hal Morrison
East Carolina/East Tennessee State

1988

Harry Mussatto
Western Illinois

2012

Rod Myers
Duke

1986

Jim Nantz
Lifetime Achievement

2016

Byron Nelson
Lifetime Achievement

2004

Jack Nicklaus
Lifetime Achievement

2008

Bob Nye
Wooster

1988

Jim Owen
Oglethorpe

2013

Herb Page
Kent State

2003

Arnold Palmer
Lifetime Achievement

2007

E.K. Patty
Middle Tennesse State

1986

Ted Payseur
Northwestern

1980

Harvey Penick
Texas

1986

Larry Penley
Clemson

2003

Richard Poe
Missouri

2014

Tim Poe
Central Missouri

2016

Delnor Poss
Midland

2009

Joe Prisco
Providence

1987

Conrad Ray
Stanford

2017

Conrad Rehling
Alabama

1980

John Reis
USGA/NCAA Rules

2018

Barry Rodenhaver
Odessa/SMU/Collegiate Players Tour

2012

Jimmy Russell
Odessa College

2011

Frank Scott
San Diego State

1980

Jay Seawell
Alabama/Augusta State

2016

Mark Simpson
Colorado

2004

Whitey Skoog
Gustavus Adolphus

2014

Mike Small
Illinois

2016

Karsten Solheim
Lifetime Achievement

2001

Guy Spears
Eaton/Golf Pride

2013

Dick Spybey
Alabama

2016

Jimmy Stobs
Barry

2015

Norman A. Sundstrom
Allegheny

2004

Richard Sykes
NC State

2000

Sandy Terry
Lon Morris/Tyler Junior College

2015

Ben Thompson
Yale

2009

Thomas Trueblood
Michigan

2013

Karl Tucker
Brigham Young

1983

Eddie Twiggs
Stanford

2004

Don Veller
Florida State

1989

O.D. Vincent
Washington/UCLA/Duke

2014

Sam Voinoff
Purdue

1980

Jerry Vroom
San Jose State

1981

Fred Warren
East Tennessee State

2003

Mike Watney
Fresno State

2006

Dave Williams
Houston

1980

Herb Wimberly
New Mexico State

1985

Stan Wood
Southern California

1980

Mike Wydra
UC San Diego

2011

Earl Yestingsmeier
Ball State

1994

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