Haines, John (2004)

About Haines, John (2004)

Born January 14, 1938 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania to William J. Haines and Virginia M. Haines, John grew up with sister Kathy (Novak) and brothers Richard (now deceased) and William in a typical small town. William and Virginia worked hard to raise their four children.

John’s Uncle Bill introduced him to the game of golf when John was eleven years old. They played in Uncle Bill’s backyard. John fell in love with the game and knew, by the age of 13, that he wanted to be a PGA Professional. Head PGA Professional Harlan Will at the Lebanon Country Club in Lebanon, Pennsylvania was an early role model. Not only did John caddie at the Lebanon Country Club he also owned and operated The Caddie Shack where he sold sandwiches and snacks to the other caddies!

John played on his high school’s golf team and was the caddie champ at Lebanon Country Club. He is a 1955 graduate of Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. From 1955 to 1958, John served in the US Navy at Long Beach, California and achieved the rank of Gunners Mate 2nd Class. While serving, he played on the US Navy golf team and played in all Navy Championships during his enlistment.

After beginning his golf career in 1959 as an assistant at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland under head PGA Professional George Pigott, John was elected to PGA membership in 1963. He worked ten years as the head PGA Professional at Goose Creek Golf Club in Leesburg, Virginia; sixteen years as the head PGA Professional, director of golf, and general manager at Hunt Valley Golf Club in Hunt Valley, Maryland; and two years as director of golf at Greystone Golf Course in White Hall, Maryland before moving to Wyoming. After ten years as the director of golf and head PGA Professional at Teton Pines Resort and Country Club in Jackson, Wyoming John retired to Hobe Sound, Florida in 2002.

In his over 40 years of service to The PGA of America, John served as a member of the MAPGA Board of Directors in various capacities for twenty consecutive years (1969-1988), including service as treasurer, secretary, and president from 1980-1985. He served as a member of the PGA Rules Committee for over twenty years (1982-2002). John served on the following PGA Committees: Education, Special Awards, Merchandiser of the Year Selection, and Public Relations and Communications. John also served on the PGA Board of Directors as the District 9 Director (2000-2002) representing the Rocky Mountain, Colorado, and Utah Sections and as a member of the PGA Properties Board of Directors.

John’s outstanding contributions to the Association have been recognized with the following awards: the 1979 MAPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, the 1982 MAPGA Horton Smith Trophy, the 1989 MAPGA President’s Award, and the Rocky Mountain Section’s 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, and 2001 Merchandiser of the Year (Resort) Award. In 1985, he was recognized with the Middle Atlantic Section’s highest honor to active members when he was selected as the PGA Professional of the Year.

John is a member of the Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs. He volunteers at Camp Greentop, a camp for disabled children, and with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  (rev. 2004)