A multi-talented athlete at Gull Lake High School, Tom Harding as a college sophomore made Michigan State’s golf team as a walk-on. Two years later, he finished third in the Big Ten Championship and after graduation, he roamed the globe honing his game and gaining experience as a professional tour player.
Harding’s first notable professional victory was at the Canadian PGA Championship in 1991 where his name on the trophy joined past winners such as Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins.
Returning to Michigan as an assistant PGA professional he excelled in the Michigan PGA Section, winning four major titles and twice being named Player of the Year in 1997 and 2001. He has maintained his competitive skills and he qualified and played in the 2017 U.S. Senior Open.
Teaching excellence is another Harding hallmark. On multiple occasions he’s been named a Top 15 Michigan golf instructor at Kendall Academy by Golf Digest. While dozens of his students have earned college scholarships, he receives equal satisfaction from helping weekend golfers.
In 2017, Tom Harding was inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame as well.
Year inducted: 2018