Zach Hale Receives Tyler James WGCA Convention Fellowship
Senior Golf Coach at Jamestown University Zach Hale received the Tyler James WGCA Convention Fellowship.
As a member of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, female golf coaches have the opportunity to attend the WGCA Coaches Convention each December. This is a great professional development program for coaches, giving them the chance to network and hear from guest speakers from different fields (psychologists, teaching professionals, and NFL coaches, for example).
Tyler James was head golf coach at Southwestern University in Hobbs, New Mexico (NAIA and Red River Athletic Conference members). On March 15, 2022, Coach James and his team were on their way back to campus after the first day of a tournament in Midland, Texas when their van was hit by an oncoming vehicle, killing tragically Coach Tyler and six of the eight team members. players. The tragedy has deeply shaken the golfing community.
A statement from the WGCA said: “One of Tyler’s goals was to attend the WGCA Members Convention; however, his program, like so many others, at the Division II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA levels simply did not have the budget. The WGCA will help address this issue in a modest way by providing seven scholarships for female collegiate golf coaches to attend this year’s convention.
“I am incredibly honored and extremely grateful to be one of seven recipients of the Tyler James WGCA Convention Scholarship to attend this year’s WGCA convention,” said Hale. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for two years but couldn’t because of funding and now it’s come true. I hope to make Coach James proud and consume as much information as possible not only to develop myself as a coach, but also to help our women’s golf team and take our program to the next level.
This year’s WGCA convention will be held December 4-7 at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV.