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Wake Forest honors Gerring

John Gerring (l) was inducted into the Wake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame. Deacon’s athletics director Ron Wellman, congratulated Gerring on the honor.

John Gerring, long time Greenville golf pro, was inducted into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame.

Gerring was the head professional at Greenville Country Club and Green Valley and today teaches at Eagle Zone Golf Improvement Center.

As a Wake Forest student, Gerring won the ACC Championship in 1957 and led the team to the ACC team titles in 1955 and 1957. 

“It is something very special to be recognized by your school,” said Gerring. “I am proud to be a Wake Forest graduate and receiving this honor from the school means more to me than any of the other honors I have been fortunate to have received,” he said. 

Gerring has been a club professional for more than 50 years in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Michigan.  He was the National PGA Professional of the Year in 1981.

A college teammate of legendary Arnold Palmer, Gerring has been recognized as a top-100 teacher by several national magazines during his long career.

He’s the author of Simple Enough, a collection of lessons and insight from his career.  “The purpose of the book is to make playing golf simple,” he says.  “Simple is right, but it is difficult to achieve.”

Gerring is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association and the PGA Hall of Fame.

Gerring was inducted along with football stars Chris Barclay and Steve Vallos, field hockey All-American Lauren Crandall and NCAA track champion Michelle Sikes.

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