PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Jeff Maynor, PGA | University of Maryland Golf Course

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THIS AWARD BESTOWS SPECIAL RECOGNITION ON A PGA PROFESSIONAL FOR EXEMPLARY CONTRIBUTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE ARE OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND FOR EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS IN CONDUCTING AND/OR SUPPORTING PLAY GOLF AMERICA INITIATIVES.  THIS AWARD CONSIDERS THE PGA PROFESSIONAL’S GROWTH OF THE GAME LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT AT THE SECTION AND NATIONAL LEVELS, PLUS THE IMPACT MADE AT HIS/HER OWN FACILITY.


 Jeff has a passion for growing the game of golf and has been a champion of player development programs for more than 20 years. His passion is apparent by the number of new programs he has initiated at his facility as well as serving on the Section Player Development committee for the past six years. Maynor is very active in the Middle Atlantic Section, his community and at his facility in promoting the game of golf and for this, has been awarded the 2019 Player Development Award.

On July 31, 1960, Maynor was born to parents Jeff and Esther Maynor in Lumberton, N.C. He was first introduced to the game when he took golf as a senior in college at the North Carolina State University where he studied Animal Science. He took the golf class for physical education credits and it would ultimately change his career path. He then went on to earn his Masters from Clemson in Animal Nutrition and began a Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia.  While working on his degree, he got a part-time job at the University of Georgia Golf Course as a member of the maintenance staff.

Maynor went from working on the maintenance staff to being hired as the Assistant Golf Professional in 1989. In 1992, he earned his PGA Membership and accepted a Head Professional job at Lane Creek Golf Club in Watkinsville, Ga. A few years later, he then made his way to Reynolds Landing Country Club in Greensboro, Ga., where he served as Head Professional from 1994-1997 until making his way to the Middle Atlantic Section and the University of Maryland Golf Course where he has served his community for over 20 years.

He is on the Board of Directors for the Howard County First Tee program and is active in promoting the benefits of the First Tee program. During the golf season, Maynor requires his entire staff to be involved with the Player Development program by scheduling them to teach classes and clinics. He shares ideas and best practices with other professionals both in the Middle Atlantic Section and nationally and enjoys discussing player development with fellow professionals and was instrumental in forming a “Best Practices” roundtable for Golf Professionals at other university golf courses within the BIG 10. The group shares ideas, practices and obstacles that are unique to university courses.

During the last five years, Maynor started over 50 new golf initiatives at the University that has resulted in more than 1,000 individuals being introduced to the game for the first time. Some Player Development Programs at his facility include: So You Think You Want To Play, Resident Life Golf 101, Golf For Business and Life, Women in Business, University Park Elementary After School Program and so many more. His most successful programs are those geared toward college students and young professionals. Focusing efforts on a segment of the market who want to be active, are looking for social activities and are just getting their careers started, he has developed several programs that revolve around using golf to network, entertain and develop business relationships. Using golf as a microcosm of life, Jeff shares how you can use signals gleaned from a round of golf to help you if business and in building business relationships. College students are just entering the business world and are looking for activities to occupy their free time, both socially and professionally. They are no longer playing soccer, lacrosse, baseball and other sports, teaching them how to use golf to satisfy their desire for competition as well as a social activity has been a win/win.

He has created an incentive packet, which is given to each participant who completes one of their Player Development programs. The packets vary for each program, but most include coupons to use at the driving range, discounts on merchandise (including a trade-in program for clubs) and reduced fees to play the course during designated periods. Each incentive packet is assigned a new player number (NPN) and these numbers are used to track how many of the incentives are used and which programs are creating revenue. New programs have been created to allow beginners to get out on the course without feeling they need to complete 18 holes. These programs include three and six-hole loops to encourage clinic participants to play without the need to make a large investment in time, energy or money.

Purchases from participants in their Player Development programs resulted in an additional $6,380 in revenue compared to the previous fiscal year.

A dedicated PGA member, he considers it a privilege to wear the badge.  He is dedicated to his profession and takes honor in what it means to be a PGA professional.  Maynor’s members will tell you his commitment to growing the game never ends.  He is proud of the many new programs he has started at the University of Maryland and the impact they have had on his facility and the community.  He takes every opportunity he has to share his love for the game with local groups and organizations.

He and his wife Wendy met while he gave her a golf lesson. They have been married for 19 years and have two children, Lauren (18) and Jarrett (16). This is his second Section award; his first being the 2018 Bill Strausbaugh Award.