Saturday, June 2, 2012

In Memory of Gene Shields

Gene Shields 1934-2012
The golf community lost a great one this week. Coach Shields was my high school golf coach and one of the most influential figures in my career in golf. He was a great man who instilled a love for the game of golf in all that knew him. Gene worked and played golf his entire life. Before coaching at Midway High School, Gene played on the PGA Tour, held various head professional positions, and was the head coach at Baylor University for many years. Our teaching professional, Tim Hobby, played for Gene at Baylor and later succeeded him as the head coach. Next time you see Tim on the range ask him to share one of the million great stories that follow Coach Shields. Gene was also a great friend to my Dad. The two met while working together at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco, Texas. Growing up, I would occasionally take care of Gene's yard work in exchange for lessons. Coach Shields will always be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, and endless supply of jokes. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Please take a moment to read his obituary which can be found by clicking the link below.

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