golf magazine Randy Smith, Mike McGitrick, and the late Ben Doyle have been named to the 2022 inductee category of the World Golf Teachers’ Hall of Fame.
“The three gentlemen we have chosen to honor with this distinction deserve all the praise for the work they have done to advance the art of golf teaching,” said David D’Nunzio, Editor-in-Chief of Golf Magazine. “We have the utmost respect for Randy, Mike and Ben, and we commend them for their great contributions to the game.”
GOLF Magazine established the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 1999 and remains the only Hall of Fame dedicated solely to teaching golf. Over 25 coaches including Jim Flick, Jack Grout, Claude and Butch Harmon, David Ledbetter, Manuel de la Torre, Paul Runyan, Bob Tosky, Peggy Kirk Bell, Dave Beals, Harvey Pinnick, Jim McClain and Mike Adams have since been recruited. Then the beginning.
Here’s more about this year’s category:
Smith is now best known as the former world number one and coach of Masters champion Scotty Scheffler. He is Professional Honorary and Instruction Manager at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas and was previously the club’s professional golf club president, a position he has held since 1980.
He is an 18-time US National PGA Award winner and was named 1996 National PGA Professional and 2002 National PGA Teacher of the Year. His list of professional students on the PGA Tour includes Justin Leonard, Martin Flores, Harrison Fraser, Ryan Palmer and Paul Haley.
Smith has directed at least 11 junior and college players to the PGA Tour and has been a coach for players who have earned 16 U.S. honors and over 100 college scholarships.
He is the founder of the Randy Smith Education Center, home to many PGA professionals and top amateur golfers from around the world.
Smith started The Great 108, a fundraising event held annually at the Royal Oaks Country Club to benefit junior golf in North Texas, in 1983. It has raised nearly $2 million annually since its inception.
McGetrick is a professional PGA Teaching Professional and has made a name for himself as one of the top coaches for amateur golfers across the country with his award-winning academy. He is currently the Director of Instruction at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia.
He was named the 1999 National PGA Instructor and was a five-time Colorado PGA Instructor of the Year. McGitrick was known for his communication skills, which help golfers reach the top of their games.
His professional coaching resume is no less impressive, having worked with Julie Inkster, Meg Malone, Beth Daniel, Wendy Ward, Carrie Webb, Pat Hurst, Dana Dorman, Laurie Merten, Gary Halberg, Tom Portzer and Brandt Joby.
Doyle has been in the game since he was nine at the Vancouver Golf Club in British Columbia, Canada and has gone on to work with some of the game’s greats including Bobby Clampet, Steve Elkington, Mac O’Grady, Tom Kate, Johnny Miller, Bernard Langer, Gary Player and Curtis Strange.
Doyle met Homer Kelly while Kelly was writing his book, “golf machine” He became the first coach licensed to use Kelly’s methods from the book. Many other famous coaches, including Chuck Cook, David Idle, Martin Hall, Brian Manzilla, Tom Ness and Laird Small, came from all over the world to work with him.
Doyle died at the age of 82 in December 2014.
The trio will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday, November 14 at a ceremony during GOLF’s Top 100 Retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona.