06/18/2015

Many of us that love this great game were introduced to it by our fathers.  I sure hope that this will continue in the future.  Every year Golfweek names a Father of the Year honoree.  The 2015 Father of the Year is Don Padgett II.

Don Padgett II, 66, made his first hole-in-one at age 8 at the American Legion Golf Course in New Castle, Ind. where he also helped his father in the pro shop and his mother in the clubhouse restaurant.  He became a PGA member and spent more than 30 years as vice-president and general manager at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, and president of Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.

Padgett II is the father of Don Padgett III, who runs the PGA Tour event at the club where he learned the game, and Jennifer, a schoolteacher.

Congratulations to Don Padgett Ii and the entire Padgett family.

FATHER OF THE YEAR HONOREES

2015 – Don Padgett II                                                                             1998 – King Martin

2014 – Craig Dolch                                                                                   1997 – Joe Jemsek

2013 – Jackie Seawell                                                                            1996 – Billy Casper

2012 – Jerry Cozby                                                                                    1995 – Digger Smith

2011 – Cliff Kresge                                                                                    1994 – Karsten Solheim

2010 – Tom Nieporte                                                                              1993 – Robert Trent Jones

2009 – Peter Compton                                                                          1992 – Robert MacNally

2008 – Dave Adomonis                                                                         1991 – Jesse Haddock

2007 – Bob Nye                                                                                        1990 – Tony Gamez

2006 – Percy Hall                                                                                      1989 – L.B. Floyd

2005 – Merle Marting Sr.                                                                     1988 – Jack Nicklaus

2004 – Ken Morton Sr.                                                                           1987 – Nick Beucher

2003 – Brian Code                                                                                    1986 – Laine Rinker

2002 – Carson Herron                                                                            1985 – Lacy McCumber

2001 – Earl Woods                                                                                   1984 – Bill Hayes

2000 – Fred Klauk                                            &nbs