Gary L. Schaal
PGA of America – Spotlight on Myrtle Beach 2010
Gary L. Schaal, a golf industry leader for more than 30 years, began his career in 1973 as an assistant golf professional in Myrtle Beach. Within 2 years, he was a head professional. By the late 1980s, he was already co-owner of several local golf courses, past president of the Carolinas Section PGA, CPGA Horton Smith Trophy winner, CPGA Professional of the Year, and a member of the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Policy Board. From 199301994, Schaal was president of the PGA of America, the largest professional sports organization in the world with over 20,000 members. As president, he drew media attention to Myrtle Beach and the resulting publicity boosted the Grand Strand’s growing national and international reputation. In 2005, Schaal was named to the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame. He has also been designated a “living Legend” through the PGA of America’s “Legends of the PGA” Program.