For the first time in 17 years, Ernie Lanford won't be coaching college golf this fall.
Lanford, who enjoyed success as the coach at Augusta State from 1983-1991, resigned as golf coach at Florida State in July after an eight-year run in Tallahassee.
Lanford stayed on at Florida State, his alma mater, to become the coordinator of internships for the professional golf management program in the college of business.
Lanford, a member of the PGA of America for more than 30 years, is also the PGA representative for the professional golf management program.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me at this stage in my golf career," Lanford said. "I will be utilizing and drawing from my past experiences in teaching, recruiting, coaching and managing. I think this job is a perfect fit."
As golf coach at FSU, Lanford led his team to the NCAA Championships five times.
"We are pleased for Ernie Lanford and our professional golf management program that this opportunity developed and that Ernie will remain an integral part of FSU's growth relating to golf," said Dave Hart, the Florida State athletics director.
Florida State is one of less than a dozen universities with a professional golf management program that is certified by the PGA of America. With certification by the PGA, students in the professional golf management program are awarded membership in the PGA of America upon graduation.
It's still early, but the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta, Inc., is taking entries for its golf marathon fund-raiser at Goshen Plantation Golf Club. It is scheduled for Oct. 2.
Each golfer will play as many holes as possible that day, securing one-time pledges or per-hole pledges. The suggested pledge is $1 per hole and up. Non-golfers can help the golfer line up pledges.
The money will go to help the Interfaith Hospitality Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless families in Augusta.
The Augusta branch, formed in 1997, has received support from grants, foundations, corporations and individuals, along with 13 host church congregations and other support churches.
To enter or help a golfer earn pledges, call the IHNA office at 798-9883 or Vic Howdieshell at (706) 855-7920.
STILL THE KING:
According to a consumer survey, Tiger Woods isn't the most popular golfer going today. He's not even second.
The survey, commissioned by Golf World Business magazine, found Arnold Palmer to be the most popular golfer, followed by Jack Nicklaus and then Woods. In a Golf Personality Index ranking, on a 100-point scale, Palmer recorded a score of 76.3, followed by Nicklaus at 73.2 and Woods at 67.3.
In this inaugural survey, a group of 559 avid golfers, all randomly selected, completed questionnaires rating and ranking 50 golf personalities on three criteria: familiarity, likability and credibility.
Palmer finished first or tied for first in all three categories. As for Woods, he tied for first with Palmer and Nicklaus in the familiarity category, but finished tied for 19th in likability and was 10th in credibility.
"Decision-makers in the golf business are no different than avid golfers -- they're curious about the people who play, teach and broadcast at the highest levels," said Tim Murphy, editor of Golf World Business magazine. "The Golf Personality Index gives the golf industry a tool to quickly measure who's connecting with the golfing public."
CLUBS AND CLAYS:
Perhaps the most unique area tournament of the year will take place Oct. 24. The Clubs & Clays Classic combines a golf tournament with trap shooting. The golf tournament will be played at Goshen Plantation Golf Club and the skeet shooting at Pinetuckey Gun Club. A contribution of $600 covers the cost for a four-person team's greens fees and carts at the golf course and safety glasses, shells and ear plugs at Pinetuckey. Proceeds benefit the Greater Augusta Sports Council and its youth sports programs and clinics.
Reach David Westin at (706) 724-0851.