EMU Golf Coach Wins National PGA Award


YPSILANTI — Jordan Young, the director of instruction at the Fox Hills Learning Center, has been named the recipient of the 2013 PGA Player Development Award.

Young, also the Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team assistant coach, is an eight-year member of The PGA of America and is the first member of the Michigan PGA Section to be named recipient of the PGA Player Development Award, (formerly The President’s Plaque), which was established in 1982, and in 2006 became a special award that supports Play Golf America initiatives.

 Young was honored during The PGA of America Awards ceremony Jan. 22, during the 61st  PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater in Orlando, Fla.

Young played golf collegiately at Eastern Michigan University. Following graduation, he competed on the Canada PGA Tour from 1995 through 1998. He returned from the tour to work at private golf clubs in Michigan for the next 12 years.

Young is in his second term on the Michigan PGA Board of Directors and in his second year at president of the Section’s Eastern Chapter. He was the 2012 Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year, the 2011 Section Horton Smith Award recipient and the 2009 and ’11 Section Player Development Award. He has been named to the U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Instructor list in 2009, ’11 and ’12.