Herb McGuire ’57 inducted into Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame
Herb McGuire ’57 was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 13 at a ceremony at the Danville Country Club, becoming one of only 67 members of this prestigious association. Other notable honorees include Kenny Perry, Jodie Mudd, Larry Gilbert, Frank Beard, Gay Brewer and Bobby Nichols.
McGuire was inducted into Centre’s own Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. As a student, he was a versatile athlete, lettering in football, golf and track. He then coached at Centre for 40 years, serving as head coach in football, baseball, golf, men’s and women’s track, and cross country. His teams won conference championships in football, baseball and golf.
To raise funds for the athletic department, McGuire started the College’s annual golf tournament, which was named for him at his retirement. In addition, former players made gifts to name the press box at Farris Stadium in his honor and also established an endowed scholarship in his name.
Beyond his service to Centre, McGuire has played a key role in advancing the game of golf in Kentucky. He has been a member of the Kentucky Golf Association (KGA) board of directors for 47 years, a position he still holds. Besides serving two terms as KGA president and a term as KGA-PGA president, McGuire has also been chair of the KGA tournament committee since 2010 and has been the KGA Section 7 Director since 1967.
Known throughout Kentucky golf circles for his tireless work as a rules official, McGuire has previously been honored by the KGA with the J.W. Janes Award for service to Kentucky golf, with the Kentucky PGA’s President’s Award and with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Outstanding Golf Official Award. He has also been inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame for service in promoting athletics in Kentucky.
Many of his former teammates, players and Centre colleagues toasted McGuire at the ceremony, in addition to his family members and friends from across the state.
One of those in attendance was Shawn Lyons ’81, Centre’s associate vice president for development and alumni affairs, who played football for McGuire in the late 1970s.
“It’s not surprising that so many of Herb’s former players attended the ceremony and that many others have sent congratulations by mail or called,” said Lyons. “Centre has been blessed with many teachers, coaches and staff members who have made a real difference in the lives of students. For many Centre alumni, Herb was one of those people who had a significant impact on them.”
Lyons added, “In addition to his service to Centre, Herb has been just as instrumental in building the game of golf in Kentucky, so it’s gratifying to see him receive this well-deserved recognition.”
The Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame was established in 1984 as a joint effort by the Kentucky Golf Association and the Kentucky PGA to honor individuals in Kentucky with significant achievements and accomplishments in various areas of golf. Located at Golf House Kentucky in Louisville, the Hall of Fame’s membership includes individuals with outstanding records as players, golf professionals, golf course superintendents, educators and golf administrators.