For our final member spotlight of the year we recognize the 2016 Northern Texas PGA Golf Professional of the Year - Lindy Miller. Miller is currently a teaching professional at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth. He was elected to PGA Membership in 1982, and has spent time at other facilities like Columbian Country Club (1985 to 1986), Mira Vista Country Club (1986 to 2008) and of course Shady Oaks Country Club (2008 to present).
Lindy and his wife Cindy have two sons, Matt Miller (30) and Michael Miller (27). Earlier this year, Lindy was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Below are a few more interesting things that you may not have known about Lindy.
What do you love about the golf business? Firstly, I love the game and all the positive characteristics associated with it. I love that golf has given me an opportunity to help make a positive difference in the lives of young people, and I love that the relationships developed because of the golf business last a lifetime (fellow professionals, members, guests, co-workers and many other friends). The golf business is enjoyable because of the many different types of jobs you have a chance to perform. It also challenges you to excel in each of these different areas as you further your career as a golf professional.
Who got you started in the game? My father and grandfather. My first round was at Sycamore Golf Course in Fort Worth.
Did you play college golf? Yes, Oklahoma State University.
What is your most memorable moment in golf? I’ve been very fortunate to have many, but I would have to say winning two NCAA team championships at Oklahoma State, and also representing the United States on the winning Walker Cup team. Even though golf is an individual sport, there is just something special about winning a team competition!
Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? I don’t know if Augusta National is considered a golf destination, but that would be it. If not, I would go with Royal County Down and Royal Portrush in Ireland as my favorite.
Who makes your dream foursome? My father, my two boys and me.
Have you played golf with anyone famous? Actually, I was very fortunate at age 16 to play with Byron Nelson, General Chappie James (1st African American ever to become a four-star general) and Marty Fleckman in the Big Brothers Pro-Am at Ridglea Country Club.
What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Royal Melbourne in Australia.
What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? My nickname in college was LOG because of the amount and my love for the act of sleeping. I once fell asleep in a college tournament on a tee where 3 groups were stacked up. That took the name LOG to a new level!
What are some of your hobbies? Spending time with family and Oklahoma State sports.
What is your favorite type of music? Definitely not rap! I would probably have to say 70’s. I’ve been to several Elton John concerts. What a talent!
What is the best golf book that you would recommend? I’ve got to go with Dead Solid Perfect by Dan Jenkins. How could I go with anything else? I was in the movie with Randy Quaid and my great line that I said to him, “You’re really smokin’ that driver today Kenny Lee." I still have people come up to me and repeat that line.
What is your go-to karaoke song? There isn’t one because it ain’t happening!