Royal Oaks CC’s Randy Smith to join teachers Hall of Fame

Randy Smith is being inducted into another hall of fame. Perhaps the only surprise is that the pro emeritus and director of instruction at Royal Oaks Country Club had not already been honored by the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. Golf Magazine announced Monday the induction will be Nov. 14.The World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame was established by Golf Magazine in 1999 and has inducted more than 25 instructors. It says it is the only Hall of Fame solely dedicated to golf instruction. Past inductees include Claude and Butch Harmon, David Leadbetter, Bob Toski, Peggy Kirk Bell, Dave Pelz, Harvey Penick and Jim McClean.Smith, who has been at Royal Oaks since 1977, was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2019 Royal Oaks honored Smith with a bronze relief stationed between the No. 1 and 10 tee boxes.Earlier this year, the Northern Texas PGA honored Smith by putting his name on its new building at PGA Frisco, naming it the Randy Smith and Dr. Bill Blair Whos Next Pavillion. The 2,200-square-foot building will be a centerpiece of the NTPGA Foundation’s community outreach and growth of the game programs.Smith’s list of accomplishments and honors is a lengthy one. His current claim to fame is that he coaches reigning Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who was only recently replaced at No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking by Rory McIlroy. Smith’s other students include 1997 British Open champion Justin Leonard, Harrison Frazar, Ryan Palmer and 2007 U.S. Amateur champion and Public Links champion Colt Knost. The teaching center at Royal Oaks bears his name.Perhaps his greatest legacy is The Great 108, which he started in 1983. The event has raised nearly $2 million to benefit junior golf in North Texas.Ascendant LPGA dates setThe Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America will return to Old American Golf Club in The Colony on Oct. 5-8, 2023, tournament officials announced Wednesday. With the LPGA dates set, the schedules for the six pro tournaments in North Texas next year was finalized.The Korn Ferry Tour’s Veritex Bank Championship kicks things off April 13-16 at Texas Rangers Golf Club. The PGA Tour Champions’ Invited Celebrity Classic at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving is the following week, April 21-23.The AT&T Byron Nelson will be at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney May 11-14. The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth will be held May 25-28, the same week as PGA Frisco’s first major tournament, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship on the Fields Ranch East Course.Briefly: The second East West Matches, a Ryder Cup-style event for U.S. mid-amateurs and seniors begins Friday at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton. Each team is made up of 18 players: six seniors, at least 10 mid-amateurs and two amateurs who haven’t yet reached the age of 25. … The South held off the North to win the Texas Golf Association’s Texas Shootout at Grand Pines Golf Club on Sunday. Clay Fullick earned the deciding point in the final match by winning the back nine against Kevin Doskocil. Each match was worth three points – one for front nine, one for the back nine and one for the 18. … Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has re-opened Fazio Canyons course after a seven-month, $5 million renovation to the Tom Fazio-design. New tee boxes were added for additional length along with new bunkers and greens to enhance playability.+++Related:Local Links: How the idea for The Ronny Golf Park evolved into PGA FriscoFind more golf coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.

Source link