Head Teaching Professional
Buddy Harston is in his twelfth year as Head Teaching Professional at the Legends Academy. In addition to giving one-on-one instruction and on-course “playing lessons” to every age group, he conducts the popular weekly clinics during the spring and summer months. He was named Kentucky PGA Teacher of the Year in 1993 and fourth “Best Teacher in the State” of Tennessee by Golf Digest in 2016. He has had three articles published in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Buddy is also a very accomplished player having played on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour and the Champions Tour. In his career, he has competed in nine major championships including a PGA Championship at Hazeltine Golf Club, two Senior British Opens and two United States Senior Opens.
Buddy is an accomplished student of the mental aspects of the game. He has been a personal client of Dr. Bob Rotella, author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, for more than twenty years. Along with the knowledge and mental techniques learned from Dr. Rotella, he adds the experience gained competing at golf’s highest level. Every February he hosts his highly popular “Mental Game of Golf” workshop at the club.
Believing that a player’s golf swing can only be as good as his body allows, Buddy also stresses the importance of golf fitness. He is a Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and regularly designs workout regimens for members and their guests.
Buddy has also coached both men’s and women’s golf teams on the NCAA Division 1 level and has taught and tutored several college, high school and junior champions. His college teams broke the school’s low scoring records numerous times. He is a member of the Lipscomb University Athletics Hall of Fame where he played baseball and earned All-Tournament honors as well as the Bronze Glove Award at the 1972 NAIA College World Series.