The name Horton Smith may not ring a bell. He was a golf Professional and a professional golfer. No, those two titles are not synonymous. Tiger Woods is a professional golfer. Horton Smith was a PGA Golf Professional, a legendary one, actually. So legendary, the PGA of America created an award in his honor. The achievement recognizes a pro’s outstanding contributions to continuing professional education. Enter 2011 award winner: John Rogers.
Rogers is a golf pro at Chambersburg’s Majestic Ridge 18-hole course. He is a teacher of teachers. The Philadelphia native has spent the latter half of his career educating golf pros in training, and has done it well. Rogers received the regional Horton Smith award six times, finally earning the top honor, a national prize, this January. He says its, “almost the pinnacle of one of the awards of the PGA.”
Though the father of three cannot earn the award again, he will continue to help certify golf pros across the Northeastern seaboard. To set up a tee time at Roger’s Majestic Ridge, call 717-267-3444.