November 20, 2014. Retrieved online December 1, 2014 from PGA Media Center
Horton Smith Award ~ Pat Gavin, PGA
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Video Chapters (available online at the PGA Media Center).
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- Patriot Award ~ SGM James C. Dickerson III, PGA
- PGA Youth Player Development Award ~ Tom Morton, PGA
- PGA Player Development Award ~ Ralph Landrum, PGA
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COB Editor: Unofficial video transcript of Horton Smith Award ~ Pat Gavin, PGA
David Marr III: For 37 years the late Horton Smith served the PGA of America, including a term as the Association’s 10th President. The first Master of Champions in 1934, he won the title two years later. Eventually he was enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Smith made his biggest impact, however, in the contribution to the improvement of the PGA of America and professional education. Thus the Horton Smith Award, which was first presented in 1965, honors those PGA professionals who have upheld the tradition of elevating the educational standards of their fellow members.
Pat Gavin certainly has enhanced the the educational opportunities for more than 700 students who have gone through the PGA Golf Management University program that he directs at New Mexico State University.
Let’s learn more about the recipient of the 2014 Horton Smith Award.
Narrator: The Horton Smith Award recognizes a model educator of fellow PGA Professionals. Fittingly, the 2014 recipient may be found on a university campus.
For 21 years Pat Gavin has served as the Director of the New Mexico Sate University PGA Golf Management Program. Educating the next generation of PGA members may be Gavin’s job responsibility, but extending his passion for education to current PGA members is what sets him apart.
Dan Koesters, PGA, District 12 Director, PGA of America. PGA Director of Golf, NMSU Golf Course: Pat’s been the Education Chairman for the Sun Country Section for the past 17 years. His involvement with the PGM Program has allowed him to open up many of the seminars done by guest speakers to our whole section.
Pat Gavin, PGA. 2014 Horton Smith Award: We welcome them all, they intermingle with each other, and it’s a win-win for everybody.
Mike Hebron, PGA. PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame (2013). 1991 PGA Teacher of the Year: I’ve been to classes where there’s a mix, and it’s very exciting. Pat has made it known in his Section that PGA education — and continuing to educate yourself — is the way we can keep pace in today’s changing industry.
Narrator: In recent years, Gavin has spearheaded the effort to bring the Sun Country Section’s spring meeting onto campus for a prime educational opportunity.
Pat Gavin: We were able to utilize all the classrooms in the building and conduct seven to eight Cracker Barrel educational programs every hour: Term and operations, growing the game, teaching juniors. We bring in Bill Keys, our PGA career consultant. The sky’s the limit.
Narrator: The full professor, and Marketing Department Head in the College of Business has a heart for education.
Henry Stetina, PGA. Program Coordinator, NMSU PGA Golf Management Program: His passion just seeps out of him and really goes above and beyond.
Jason White, PGA. PGA Head Golf Professional, NMSU Golf Course: I don’t think you could find another person in this country, or another PGA Golf member, that is more passionate about education.
Narrator: Gavin’s impact reaches well beyond the desert Southwest.
Ed Gibson, PGA. PGA Director of Instruction. Makefield highlands Golf Club, Yardly, PA: If you look at Pat, there’s so many students — alumni that have been spread out, young and old — that have been connected to New Mexico State. And Pat’s been involved with that. So I think that speaks volumes.
Josh Salmon, PGA. Program Specialist. NMSU PGA Golf Management Program: Any time they call him, he’s willing to sit down and talk to them and mentor them in any way he can.
Daniel Hale, PGA. Foundation Programs and Events Coordinator, Southern California PGA: Pat Gavin has been a great mentor to me. He’s been there every step of the way. I can speak on behalf of many students as well who have gone through the program.
Narrator: Gavin himself was mentored by a pair of icons in New Mexico golf — Guy and Herb Wimberly. And the brothers could not be prouder of Gavin’s accomplishments.
Guy Wimberly, PGA. PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame (2011): He said, “Guy,” he said, “Do you realize that we’ve never had — never — had a graduate of this school that didn’t walk straight into a job.”
I said, “Pat, that’s hard to believe.”
He said, “Believe it.”
Herb Wimberly, PGA. Former Program Director, NMSU PGA Golf Management Program: He’s organized, he gives everything he’s got to these kids, and nobody gets forgotten or overlooked. I would imagine that Horton Smith’s development — he was very very similar to that. It’s a great thing for Pat that he resembles, in many ways, what this man stood for.
David Marr III: Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2014 Horton Smith Award recipient, Pat Gavin.
The video chapter concludes with an interview of Pat Gavin.