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Larry Murphy Named 2015 Horton Smith Award Recipient

October 14, 2015

Larry Murphy-2015 Horton Smith Award Winner

The Horton Smith Award in 2015 is being awarded to Larry Murphy of Moorhead Country Club in Moorhead, MN. The winner of the Horton Smith exemplifies the model educator of PGA Golf Professionals and gives special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuous contributions to professional education. Criteria evaluated to determine the award winner includes: contributions to National PGA education programs and education programs and seminars in PGA Sections, development of articulates related to and benefiting education, and building the image of both the PGA Golf Professionals and the Association.

During his stint as Head PGA Golf Professional at Moorhead Country Club, he has had twelve PGA Professionals work at Moorhead Country Club since 1969. Of the twelve, most earned their PGA status and membership while working at Moorhead Country Club, and ten are still active members at facilities across the Minnesota Section. “It has always been very important to me to involve my past Assistant Golf Professionals in all aspects of our golf operations,” said Murphy. Moorhead Country Club offers opportunities to learn about teaching, corporate outings, the Junior Golf program, involvement in men’s, women’s, and family events, scheduling staff and more. “With the opportunities presented, our Assistant Golf Professionals are prepared for most situations when they move on to their own positions in their career,” emphasized Murphy.

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Golf Background:

Larry grew up in St. Paul and went to high school in the St. Paul area. He then attended the University of Minnesota before becoming an Assistant PGA Professional at St. Cloud Country Club in 1966. After that he traveled to Phoenix, AZ for several years to teach the game of golf, but he returned to Minnesota eventually becoming the Head PGA Professional at Moorhead Country Club where he still remains.

When and why did you decide to become a PGA Professional?

“I became a PGA Professional in 1966 as an Assistant at St. Cloud Country Club. The love of the game is what attracted me, I was born into playing golf and being around the sport because of my father (Ken Murphy) who covered golf for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. At the time, there were not many opportunities for golf, and I wanted to change that. I love every minute of it.”

What does winning this award mean to you?

“This is a very big deal for me. It mostly has to do with all of the younger Assistant Golf Professionals that have come through Moorhead Country Club. I am proud of the award; however I want to stress that it is not about me but rather about those individuals. I am happy for all of the success the former Assistants have had in the pursuit of their careers.”

Section Accomplishments:

2013 Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame Inductee, 1989 Section Professional of the Year, 2002 Section Steve Weidner Award, 1986 Section Facility Promoter of the Year (Private), and 2009 & 2013 Dakota Chapter Professional of the Year

Congratulations and thank you for your services to the Section, Larry.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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