Story courtesy of KSU Sports Information
KENT, Ohio ? Kent State Director of Golf and Head Men’s Coach Herb Page has been named as the recipient of the 2008 Golf Coaches Association of America Labron Harris Sr. Award. Page, a PGA member since 1986, will be honored along with Arnold Palmer at the GCAA Hall of Fame Banquet, Monday, Jan. 14, in Orlando, Fla. Palmer is receiving the GCAA Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Harris Award, presented by E-Z-GO and named after the late Labron Harris Sr., former head coach at Oklahoma State University, is awarded 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 golf.
“What a tremendous honor just to be nominated for this award,” Page said. “Now to join the likes of Rod Myers at Duke, Devon Brouse at Purdue and Jay Hardwick at Virginia Tech leaves me speechless. It is a select group that I am so proud to now be a part of. Add to that the fact that Labron Harris was one of the greatest coaches of all time and it makes the award even more special.”
Page has spent 30 years as the mentor of the men’s golf team at Kent State. He coached 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis and Kent State’s first first-team All-American and PGA Tour member Jon Mills. The Flashes have qualified for NCAA regional competition in 16 of the last 19 seasons and have advanced to the NCAA finals nine times during that span. In 1993 the Flashes captured their first-ever NCAA Regional title before tying for the regional championship in 2001.
Page has led the Golden Flashes to 62 tournament titles, including 13 MAC championships, in his tenure with Kent State. Page has coached 68 All-MAC golfers, 17 All-Americans, 16 All-America Scholars and has been named District IV Coach of the Year seven times and MAC Coach of the Year on 15 occasions.
Page served as chairman of the NCAA District IV Advisory Committee in the late 1980s and during the 2000-01 season. He is also on his third term on the GCAA All-America Committee. Page oversaw the development of Kent State’s newly completed Ferrara & Page Golf Training & Learning Center.
He was inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame (2004), Ohio Golf Hall of Fame, Kent State’s Varsity “K” Athletic Hall of Fame and the Portage County Sports Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the Special Achievement Award by Kent State and the Dapper Dan Association of Akron’s William Falor Lifetime Achievement Award.
A four-time Northern Ohio PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year award winner, Page is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Ohio PGA and has been inducted to Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame.
“As a member of the PGA of America and a college golf coach, this award has a very special meaning to me,” Page said. “My life is golf and to be rewarded for doing what I love is a tremendous honor.”