The Southern Ohio PGA is pleased to announced the 2009-20010 Hall of Fame Winner, Jim Brown. Elected to PGA Membership in 1982, Brown was voted into the Hall of Fame based on his exemplary dedication and service as a PGA member and his passionate commitment to the PGA, the SOPGA and game of golf. The awards will be presented to each recipient on October 31st, 2010 at the SOPGA Section Fall Meeting and Awards Dinner held at the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, Ohio.
The Hall of Fame award recognizes extraordinary careers and pays tribute to a PGA Professional that served the Section in an exemplary manner, set standards for promoting the game throughout the community, and will long be recognized and respected for his illustrious playing and teaching accomplishments
The 2008-09 season was Jim Brown’s 36th and final at Ohio State. He concluded his coaching career as the longest serving head coach in Ohio State History, the winningist coach in NCAA history, and the longest serving coach in men’s golf in Big Ten history. Since coming to Ohio State in 1973, Brown has led the Buckeyes to a league-record 17 Big Ten Championships. Ohio State won the conference crown all but two seasons from 1976-90. The Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Championships 31 times, with 11 top-10 finishes and claimed the 1979 national championship. Brown has tutored an NCAA individual champion, 18 Big Ten medalists, 92 All-Big Ten selections, 11 first-team All-Americans and 40 other All-America honorees. Ohio State players also excelled in the classroom during his tenure, earning 11 All-America Scholar Awards and 55 Academic All-Big Ten honors and 84 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete nods since the inception of both awards in 1987.
Brown received the Dave Williams Award as national coach of the year in both 1979 and 1986, was named District IV Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons from 1977 through 1980 and again from 1982 through 1987 and claimed Big Ten Coach of the Year three times. He also led the United States to victory in the 1979 USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships and the 1999 Palmer Cup.
Brown served as GCAA president from 1990-92. He also served on the NCAA Golf Committee from 1990-96. In addition, Brown has been a member of both the All-America selection committee and the NCAA District IV Regional Advisory Committee. He was inducted in to the GCAA Hall of Fame in 1989 and is also a member of The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame, Martins Ferry High School Hall of Fame and the Ohio Golf Association Hall of Fame.
The Southern Ohio would like to congratulate Jim Brown on not only being nominated into the SOPGA Hall of Fame, but for all of his amazing contributions to the game of golf.