Former Coach Cole to Enter GCAA Hall of Fame
BATON ROUGE - The Golf Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday afternoon that LSU coaching legend Major J. Perry Cole is among seven inductees to be enshrined in the GCAA Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012 for his contributions to college golf.
Cole joins the likes of head coaches John Fields of the University of Texas, Chris Haack of the University of Georgia, Jerry Hrnciar of Cameron University, Harry Mussatto of Western Illinois University and Barry Rodenhaver of Southern Methodist University as the 2012 GCAA Hall of Fame inductees.
Additionally, longtime NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship head rules official Clyde Luther will also be inducted along with the six head coaches to round out the Class of 2012.
"We're certainly very happy for Coach Cole, his family, this program and the many players he influenced during his coaching career at LSU," said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. "This induction by the GCAA is quite an honor and speaks volumes of the legacy he left at LSU.
"We want to express our many thanks to the Golf Coaches Association of America for recognizing an incredible coach and his impact on the LSU program and the sport of college golf."
During his 11 seasons as LSU's head coach from 1933-43, Cole led the Tigers to two of their four NCAA Championships with national titles in 1940 and 1942. The Tigers also captured a fifth-place finish in 1939 and a second-place finish in 1941 with their performance under Cole's leadership at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships. LSU's title in 1940 was the first won by a Southern school.
Two of Cole's standout golfers captured NCAA individual championships as Fred Haas, Jr., was crowned the national medalist at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., in 1937 and Earl Stewart also captured a national title at The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, to lead the second-place Tigers in 1941.
Cole also coached the Tigers to five Southeastern Conference titles in a six-year span with victories in the 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940 and 1942 seasons. Henry Castillo captured a pair of SEC medalist honors in 1938 and 1940, while Stewart took home the SEC crown in 1941 before his NCAA Championship victory.
This year's GCAA Hall of Fame class will be officially recognized at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet on Monday, Dec. 10, at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.