Thursday, October 7, 2010

Golf Hall of Fame Induction a Family Tradition

LINCOLN, Neb. – When Mike Schuchart’s name was called for induction to the Nebraska Golf Association Hall of Fame it wasn’t the first time many in the crowd of 80 family, friends and fellow golf professionals had heard that last name. Both Schuchart’s father and grandfather had earned the distinction previously, a unique family distinction in the state of Nebraska.

Schuchart’s father Bob beemed with pride as he introduced him saying, “induction into this hall of fame is the result of one of three things, playing accomplishments, teaching skill or promotion of the sport. Mike has done all three.” A quick review of Schuchart’s resume verifies that assessment. He was a standout junior player in Nebraska, an all-Big Eight performer at the University of Nebraska and a PGA touring professional with numerous titles to his name including wins over top professionals including a young Tiger Woods.

His teaching resume is equally as impressive. The current PGA professional and Director of Nebraska Golf Academy at Wilderness Ridge Golf course is recognized as the top instructor in Lincoln and one of the best in the state of Nebraska. His record of awards and recognition documents this distinction.

Advancing the sport is a passion of Schuchart’s. He said, “I’m blessed to have the opportunity to teach the sport that I love so much and to share this great game with others.” But golf is not Schuchart’s only passion. He is a devoted family man who ended his professional touring career several years ago to spend time with his wife and young son. He held back his emotions as he praised his father for all that he meant to him growing up.

Despite his numerous golf playing and teaching accomplishments Schuchart remains humble saying, “I remember how proud of my father I was when he was inducted, I never thought I’d be here. ”

Along with his responsibilities as Director of the Nebraska Golf Academy at Wilderness Ridge, Schuchart assistant coach for the University of Nebraska Women’s Golf team.

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