Bobby Howard Named 48th Inductee to the CPGA Hall of Fame
August 21, 2018
The Carolinas PGA is honored to announce PGA Professional, Bobby Howard, as the 48th inductee into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame. The Carolinas PGA Section’s Hall of Fame is an exclusive group of the finest PGA Professionals and other leaders in golf who have called the Carolinas home.
Bobby Howard, of Lexington, SC, began his professional career when he was elected to PGA membership in 1964. Howard’s impact throughout his career reached all across the Carolinas, and beyond, with his promotion of the game at his multiple owned courses, leadership in South Carolina golf, the Carolinas PGA, the community, and his overall love for teaching and sharing the game.
Early in his career, Bobby was very influential with the South Carolina Chapter. In 1967 he was President of the Chapter and grew membership from 40 to 120 golf professionals.
Howard served at the Carolinas PGA President from 1969-1970. In this time, he influenced many professionals and made some lasting impacts on the Section. One of the most notable moves during his presidency was his responsibility for acquiring the land and building our Section’s new Headquarters Office in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Along with this change, he appointed a Committee to re-write the CPGA Constitution, implementing many significant changes for the Carolinas. “I was elected as President in the Carolinas and I got a couple colleagues to help me re-write the constitution,” said Howard. “We divided the Section into three chapters; South Carolina had their own and North Carolina had two chapters. This allowed South Carolina Professionals to continue playing their tournaments as they had been, but allowed them the ability to become a national PGA Member. That was one of my proudest accomplishments.”
In conjunction with being a great leader, Bobby was a great player. In 1970, Bobby won the Carolinas Pro-Pro Championship with Bobby Mitchell. He also holds the course record at the Country Club of Charleston with a 62. He was an advocate for playing the game, as he was responsible for the first $1,000 South Carolina Open and the first $10,000 Carolinas Open. As a testament to his overall great leadership, professionalism, and playing ability, Howard won the Carolinas PGA Golf Professional of the Year award in 1971 after only 6 years as a PGA Member.
Bobby owned and operated five golf courses across the Carolinas and was extremely gracious when it came to allowing access to his facilities. In 1972, Bobby became the first golf professional in South Carolina to allow a minority golf team to practice and play at his facilities at Sedgewood Golf Club in Columbia, SC. The South Carolina State golf team had no place to go but Bobby welcomed them with open arms. Opening up his facility to this team was not his only move to welcome all to the game. His club in NC, Broadmoor Golf Links, was the first club to welcome the Skyview Open, a legendary African American tour event.
Bobby’s work in the 1970’s was not done as he began work on the National Hagen Committee in 1971 in starting and conducting the Walter Hagen Cancer Society Tournament in South Carolina. He worked with this for many years, sending SC winners to the National tournament in Florida. As a National Committee Member through 1983, Bobby helped raise $2.8 million for the fight against cancer.
“It means a lot [to be inducted] because I know practically every one of the Hall of Fame Members. I can think back and it gives me a lot of fond memories,” says Howard, when reflecting on his career and the numerous connections he has made. “I really enjoyed serving as President for a couple years, being on the Executive Committee for 14 years, and have enjoyed being a PGA Professional for nearly 52 years.”
Bobby promoted the game in many ways, but thoroughly enjoyed giving lessons, most of them at no charge. He especially enjoyed working with beginners and had a special knack for getting them hooked on the game of golf. Howard mentored countless PGA Professionals and truly epitomizes what a leader in the golf industry is from his 50 plus years as a Member. For his numerous contributions to the game, we are pleased to welcome such an outstanding Professional as the 48th Inductee into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame.