PGA Hall of Fame


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Michael Hebron, the catalyst for the largest educational forum in the golf industry and who traveled worldwide advancing a better understanding of learning the game, is one of eight inductees to be enshrined in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
Hebron, 70, a PGA Master Professional in St. James, N.Y., will be honored Tuesday, March 12, at the PGA Education Center at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The inductees’ names will be inscribed in granite on the back portico of the adjoining PGA Museum of Golf.
The PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame inductees also include: the late Jimmie DeVoe, formerly of Los Angeles; Don “Chip” Essig of Westfield, Ind.; Jim Mrva of Pittsford, N.Y.; the late Bill Ogden, formerly of Glenview, Ill.; the late Dr. William “Bill” Powell, formerly of East Canton, Ohio; Robert “Bob” Toski of Boca Raton, Fla., and Allen Wronowski of Bel Air, Md.
“It is with a great deal of pride at The PGA of America welcomes a special eight-member class into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame, who by their life’s work have made significant and lasting contributions to The Association and the game of golf,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “This class features those who battled social injustice, renowned instructors, and leaders who exhibited a passion for serving others beyond their job description. Their names will be forever inscribed among those who have made golf the greatest game.”
In 1988, Hebron proposed to PGA of America officials the need to bring together teaching professionals to share best practices and consolidate ideas. “Let’s have a Woodstock, a Summit,” Hebron recalled his pitch for the event. As a result, the PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit was born, and last month in Orlando, Fla., the 13th Summit attracted 625 attendees representing 48 states and 12 countries.
“I was surprised, honored and humbled to get the call that I have made the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame,” said Hebron. “To work in a profession that you enjoy so much, and on top of that to receive awards is something extra.”
A native of New York City, Hebron was inspired by Metropolitan PGA Professionals Bob Joyce and Gene Borek, and later attending the first PGA Business School who had a teacher who would inspire an industry – the late Bill Strausbaugh. Hebron attended the University of North Carolina-Wilmington through 1963, and turned professional in 1966. He was elected to PGA membership in 1970. Hebron, who was the 1991 national PGA Teacher of the Year, is highly respected throughout the international golf community.
He has been a golf instruction consultant to both PGA Professionals and golf teachers in 16 countries. Over the years, Hebron also founded two international Summits, the Canadian PGA Teaching Conference (1989) and the inaugural European PGA Teaching Conference (1990).
“In 1991, I experience my epiphany in teaching the game,” said Hebron. “I had spent my career coaching one side of the game – the golf swing. Over the past 20 years, I have worked with scientists and educators studying how the brain learns. It has opened up many doors for me in how to help my students. A teaching environment approach to learning tends to teach that something is missing. A learning development approach works with what is already there.”
Hebron has worked with many PGA and LPGA Tour professionals and several national champions in the U.S. and overseas. He also lists many prep and collegiate players as his students. One of the most respected Metropolitan PGA teaching professionals, Hebron was named to Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers in America. He was recipient of the 1990 national Horton Smith Award for excellence in PGA education. One of the most decorated members of the Metropolitan PGA Section, Hebron was the 1982 Section Golf Professional of the Year; a three-time Horton Smith Award recipient; the 1987 Section Teacher of the Year; a two-time Section Merchandiser of the Year and was a 2008 inductee into the Metropolitan PGA Hall of Fame.
The author of six books and a longtime contributor to numerous national publications. Hebron presented “See and Feel the Inside Move the Outside,” the first golf instruction book to be accepted as a PGA Master Professional thesis, and has sold more than 100,000 copies. Among his community contributions are providing three continuing education scholarships in three New York high schools, and sponsoring the Metropolitan PGA Women’s Championship and the Long Island Golf Association Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
Hebron and his wife, Patricia, live in St. James, N.Y. They are parents of a daughter, Tracy, a son, Michael, who is a PGA assistant professional in Smithtown Landing, N.Y., and have three grandchildren.
About the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame
Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame was relocated in 2005 at the PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Hall of Fame recognizes all PGA members who have made significant and lasting contributions to the building of The PGA of America and the game of golf. The inductees include PGA Presidents, PGA Golf Professional of the Year award winners as well as those PGA Professionals who also distinguish themselves as competitors while in service to The PGA of America.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

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