Colonial Country Club
U.S. Air Force General Bernard Schriever grew-up in a small house near the 12th green of the historic layout of Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Texas. He and his younger brother, Gerhardt, were best friends with Tod Menefee and the Schriever's mother (Elizabeth) operated a small but popular sandwich stand for the golfers in the back yard. Bernard won the State Junior and the San Antonio City Golf Championship twice. He captained the Texas A&M golf team for two years before entering the Army. He is mostly known for his role in the Air Force's space and missile program, and managing the nuclear arsenal during the Cold War. In 2011, Bernard was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. His brother Gerhardt Schriever was there to accept the honor.
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Born: September 14, 1910
Died: June 20, 2005
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Jim Hardy of Houston, Texas, brings many perspectives to golf instruction. The PGA Life Member is a former PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour player, and has teamed with Peter Jacobsen to found a highly successful golf-course design firm.
Hardy was named one of America's 50 Greatest Teachers by Golf Digest in 2002 and 2003, and has been a perennial member of GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Teachers. He also has served as a television commentator and expert analyst for NBC, ESPN, CBN and Mizlou networks.
Hardy has made it his mission to bring clarity to the teaching profession, giving an estimated 500 lessons annually to students at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, Texas. His work with other teachers such as Hank Haney and with touring professionals also has become legendary. Hardy first began coaching Jacobsen, his business partner, in 1984. He also has tutored Paul Azinger, Brad Faxon, Tom Pernice, Duffy Waldorf, Scott McCarron and other touring professionals. His book entitled "The Plane Truth" is scheduled for release by McGraw-Hill later this year and has already become popular with top amateurs and professionals.
Hardy, the 2002 Southern Texas PGA Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year award winner, grew up on one of the world's most classic golf courses, Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan. Today, that traditional approach to design is very evident in his own design philosophy. After spending several years on the PGA Tour, Hardy began teaching golf professionally and became co-founder of one of today's most widely attended golf schools in the world. He has played a key role in developing more than 40 golf course-related properties.
Marty Leonard is daughter of course builder Marvin Leonard, the legendary businessman and close friend of Ben Hogan. Golf Links is owned and operated by Marty Leonard, whose family created three cornerstones in North-central Texas:
- Colonial Country Club - Home of the PGA Tour Crown Plaza Invitational
- Shady Oaks Country Club
- Star Hollow Golf Club
Inducted into the PGA of America's Hall of Fame in 2005, Randy Smith is the all-time leading PGA of America National Award winner with 18 national awards. Randy currently serves as the Royal Oaks' Golf Professional Emeritus and Director of Instruction. The Randy Smith Teaching Center is home not only to our playing membership, but also to numerous PGA Professionals and top amateur golfers around the world.
While Randy teaches players of all levels, he especially enjoys working with juniors and his students have achieved 16 NCAA All-American honors. In addition Randy has over 100 juniors that have received college golf scholarships.
Beem turned professional in 1994. His early career was broken up by a spell in Seattle selling car stereos and cell phones. He later regained interest after J. P. Hayes won the 1998 Buick Classic.
This changed in 1999 when Beem won the Kemper Open as a rookie. His career took a further leap forward in 2002 with a victory at the The International in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Two weeks later, Beem won the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National, one of golf's four major tournaments. He shot a par 72 in the first round, but followed that with a six-under 66 in the second round to pull into a five-way tie for first place. In the third round, he again shot 72 and found himself alone in second place, three strokes behind leader Justin Leonard. In the fourth round, Beem fended off Tiger Woods, who birdied his last four holes but finished one shot behind Beem, who shot a final round 68 to Woods' 69. This victory helped establish Beem in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
Born: August 24, 1970