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Darryl Landrum can remember being 14 years old, playing rounds of golf at Eagle Creek and telling people that one day he would be the pro at Grant County's lone golf course.
"A lot of people laughed when I told them," Landrum said.
In the end, it has been Landrum who has had the last laugh, as he has spent approximately a dozen years as the pro at Eagle Creek. During that time, Landrum has been the recipient of several awards, including last year's Kentucky PGA Pro of the Year Award.
Recently, Landrum added another award to his trophy case, claiming the Kentucky Section PGA President's Plaque.
The President's Plaque was established in 2006 by the PGA of America. It is designed to recognize individual PGA Professionals for their extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. This award considers the professional's growth of the game, leadership commitment at the Section and National levels, along with the impact made at his/her own facility.
"It was absolutely a surprise. Over the years, I had won a lot of awards, including last year's, and I thought I wouldn't win again for quite a while. I think this award is a reflection of both myself and the club. I have been very involved in junior golf, but there is no way I could do it without the country club and the support here," said Landrum.
Landrum said he believes he received the award because he has done more to promote the game of golf than anyone else in Kentucky.
"It's kind of neat," he said.
The veteran golf pro helped promote the game this past year by conducting the 7Up Junior Golf Tour, a free lesson day, hosted a Play Golf America Day and five college tournaments in addition to all the other activities at Eagle Creek. However, Landrum says he couldn't do it without the help of someone special.
"There is no way I could do all this stuff without my wife, Becky. She helps me in all aspects," he said.
Eagle Creek Golf Course is not Landrum's only involvement with golf, as he is the president of the Northern Kentucky Junior Golf Foundation, created the 7Up Tour, owns Golf Exchange Store in Florence and recently bought Meadowood Golf Course in Burlington. Meadowood Golf Course was the first public golf course in Boone County, and will now be run by Landrum's son, Steve, who is also a golf pro.
Landrum is also the men's and women's golf coach at Northern Kentucky University. In 12 seasons with the men's team, he has amassed a 913-551 record, and he currently posts a 588-261 record as the women's coach, a post he has held for eight seasons.
"I am trying to get 1,000 wins. I set that as a goal for myself," Landrum said.