Buckeye great Jack Nicklaus also recognized at event in Florida
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State head men’s golf coach Jim Brown received the Labron Harris Sr. Award presented by E-Z-GO in cooperation with The PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) at the at the Doubletree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Studios Jan. 26 in Orlando, Fla.
The Harris Award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and represents the finest qualities the game has to offer.
“It was a humbling experience,” Brown said. “It’s one of the best awards I’ve received because it’s selected by my coaching peers. It was a lot of fun and a very nice ceremony.”
This will be Brown’s 36th and final season at the helm of the Buckeyes. He will conclude his coaching career as the longest serving head coach in Ohio State 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. The Buckeyes have also qualified for the NCAA tournament 31 times, with 11 Top 10 finishes and claimed the 1979 national championship.
Buckeye legend Jack Nicklaus was also honored at the event and named the recipient of the GCAA Lifetime Achievement Award. Nicklaus is the fourth Lifetime Achievement honoree by the GCAA.
“It was a special event because I introduced Jack for his award as well and got to sit with him and his wife,” Brown said. “It was an Ohio State party down there.”
One of the game’s all-time greats, Nicklaus has left an indelible mark as a player, course designer and good-will ambassador. He was a decorated collegiate golfer, having won the Big Ten and NCAA Championship in 1961 while at Ohio Statealong with two U.S. Amateur titlesbefore embarking a record-setting professional career. His competitive career spanned five decades when he won 118 professional tournaments worldwide, including a record 18 professional major championship titles.
Namesake of the GCAA’s player of the year awards in Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA, he welcomes annually the four Nicklaus Award recipients as his guests during the final round of the Memorial Tournament to present them with their awards.