Bobby Hix, inducted 2018
|Bobby Hix, known as the “Legend” to his friends and students, is one of the premier golf instructors in Macon and Middle Georgia and throughout all of Georgia, as well. Operating out of the Blum Golf Learning Center at Idle Hour Club as a senior instructor, he has received numerous honors for his teaching. He has been recognized by the PGA Chapter and Section as Teacher of the Year on five occasions, Junior Golf Leader three times and PGA Professional of the Year and PGA Assistant Professional of the Year. Hix has also been listed as a Golf Digest “Top Teacher in the State” six times. Beginning his teaching career at the Sea Island Golf Club, Hix learned his trade from some of the top teachers in golf, including the late Davis Love Jr., the late Jimmy Hodges and Idle Hour Director of Golf Ray Cutright. Hix has worked with players on the PGA Tour, the PGA Champions Tour and the LPGA Tour, as well as many college and high school players and junior girls and boys. His most well-known student is current touring professional Russell Henley, who has won three times on in the PGA Tour. Hix’s full swing, short game, putting and club fitting expertise have benefitted professional, amateur and junior players alike during his time at Idle Hour. Simple instruction with simple techniques and tour proven data is the hallmark of Bobby’s result oriented approach. In addition to his teaching talent, he has won national awards while serving as a certified club fitter for Titleist, Ping, Mizuno, Callaway and Taylor Made equipment. Hix, who is a 30-year member of the PGA of America, was an outstanding athlete at Stratford Academy and at Mercer University. He was an all-state baseball and football player at Stratford and received a scholarship to play baseball at Mercer. After he began concentrating on golf, he also coached the men’s and women’s golf team’s at his college alma mater. As a youngster he was a national quarterfinalist in Ford’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition.|
Rodney Collins has spent his entire life around football. Growing up in Hawkinsville he was a four year letterwinner in the sport as well as in baseball, basketball and track for the Red Devils. Playing quarterback for the legendary Bobby Gentry he was a two time all state performer and State Class B Back of the Year in 1965. After high school he went on to Austin Peay State University where he was a quarterback and punter.
Coach Collins began his coaching career at Northside in Warner Robins and then had stops at Baker Academy in Hawkiinsville, Briarwood Academy in Thomson, Southland in Americus and John Milledge in Milledgeville and Riverside Military in Gainesville. But his greatest success came at Stratford Academy where he coached from 1988-2002 and from 2007 through 2012. His two stints at Stratford were separated by five years when he coached at Riverside Military. While at Stratford he won State titles in 1993, 1999 and 2000. He captured Region Crowns in '93, '94, '99, 2000 and '0l. His success earned him Coach of the Year Awards in '93, 99 and 2000 and Region Coach of the Year honors in '93, '94, '99, '00 and 200l. He received the GISA Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award in 1999, 2000 and 2012. He had an overall record of 247-160 and 5 with a 158-95 and 2 mark in 21 seasons at Stratford.(more)
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