By Ken MacLeod
Dave Bryan expects an emotional response when he hears his name called Sunday night, inducting him into the South Central PGA Hall of Fame.
Bryan has worked as a golf professional in the section, which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas, for the vast majority of his outstanding career, dating back to his first job as an assistant to Joe Walser at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in the early 1970s.
After a stint at Milburn Country Club in Kansas City from 1975-81, Bryan was head professional at Oakwood Country Club in Enid from 1981-85, at Tulsa Country Club from 1985-89 and at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa from 1989-2014. He is now head professional emeritus at The Patriot in Owasso.
Bryan will be inducted into the South Central Section Hall of Fame Sunday evening during the section’s annual awards dinner at The Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa. Greg Bray of Terradyne Country Club in Wichita will be honored as the section Professional of the Year, succeeding Cary Cozby of Southern Hills, who went on to be named the PGA of America’s National Professional of the Year in 2016.
Bryan estimates about 30 of his former assistants have gone on to be head professionals or general managers, including Cary Cozby and his son David Bryan, who is now the director of golf at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” Bryan said. “I’ve worked around a lot of great pros that have been very helpful to me. I didn’t invent many things, but I had my eyes and ears open and I took a little bit of this and that from some great professionals.
“It’s fun when you see all the guys that have gone on to success in the business. To see them work hard and see their dreams come true like mine did is very gratifying.
“To be recognized by your peers for what you’ve done in your career and put in with all the other great names in the Hall of Fame is the pinnacle. It means you’ve done some good things in your career and been recognized for it. “
To see the previous inductees, click here.
Following is a complete list of 2017 award winners.
Golf Professional of the Year:
Greg Bray, Terradyne Country Club
Hall of Fame Inductee: Dave Bryan, The Patriot
Horton Smith (Education): Bob Phelps, University of Central Oklahoma PGM Program
Bill Strausbaugh (Club Relations): Bob Phelps, University of Central Oklahoma PGM Program
Youth Player Development: Mike Hansen, Duncan Golf & Tennis Club
Player Development: Trent Rommann, Crestview Country Club
Patriot Award: Greg Bray, Terradyne Country Club
Teacher of the Year: Michael Boyd, The Club at Indian Springs
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Justin McCormick, Southern Hills Country Club
Private Merchandiser of the Year: Tim Fleming, Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club
Public Merchandiser of the Year: Brian Soerensen, Kickingbird Golf Club
Resort Merchandiser of the Year: Rob Yanovitch, Shangri La Golf Club and Resort
Salesperson of the Year: Eric Gudgel, Adidas-Ashworth Golf