Hardwick Finalist for Harris Award
Tech coach one of seven up for inaugural golf honor
December 15, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech Director of Golf Operations Jay Hardwick has been named one of seven finalist for the inaugural Labron Harris Sr. Award, presented by E-Z-GO Textron.

The Harris Award will be presented to the college or high school coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and represent the finest qualities the game has to offer. Along with Hardwick, the finalists include John Bermel of Northern Iowa (Iowa PGA Section), Purdue's Devon Brouse (Indiana PGA), Rod Myers of Duke (Carolinas PGA), Pat Owen of the Naval Academy (Middle Atlantic PGA), Kent State's Herb Page (Northern Ohio PGA) and Rick Pohle of Williams College (New England PGA).

"It is a privilege to be mentioned in the same vein with these outstanding finalists for an award named after one of the game's greatest coaches," Hardwick said. "Coach Harris epitomized the ideals of PGA Professionals and the college coaching profession."

A Quarter Century and Life Member of the PGA of America, Hardwick serves as director of golf operations, head golf professional and head golf coach at Virginia Tech. He has served as vice-president of the Virginia Chapter of the Middle Atlantic Section, as well as serving on the chapter's membership committee, tournament rules and regulations committee and the tournament chairman. A 1994 inductee in the Virginia PGA Hall of Fame, Hardwick has claimed seven conference championships and been named conference Coach of the Year seven times.

"I am honored for Virginia Tech, our golf program, and me personally to be considered for this prestigious award."

The award is named after the late Labron Harris Sr., former head coach at Oklahoma State University. The Harris Award recipient will be announced on Jan. 6, 2005.