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Featured Golf Professional
Gene Miranda’s first exposure to golf was at age 10 as a caddie in Oakland, California. At 16 years old during a caddy’s tournament at Sequoyah C.C., he tied the course record of 63, previously set by Ben Hogan in the Oakland Open. Gene won the Oakland Athletic League Golf Championship while in high school and continued his competitive golf at San Francisco State where he lettered as a freshman. He then transferred to San Jose State where he earned three more golf letters.
While teaching school in Oakland he continued his education and received a Masters Degree in Physical Education from San Jose State. In 1963 Gene entered the Air Force and served 20 years on active duty retiring in 1983 at the rank of Lt. Colonel. While in the Air Force, Gene competed in the German Open, numerous Air Force Championships, All Service World-Wide Championships and the Colorado Open.
In 2003, Gene was honored as recipient of the Colorado Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) most prestigious annual award, Golf Professional of The Year. He has worked in ten PGA job classifications (Apprentice Head Professional, Head Professional, Director of Golf, Golf Instructor, Head Professional of a course under construction, College golf coach, General Manager, Director of Instruction, Rules Official and Director of Player Development for a college PGM program) during his 23 years as a member of the PGA of America.
Gene has had a very successful and varied career. He was a Tenured Associate Professor of Physical Education and golf coach at the Air Force Academy. In that capacity he wrote and organized the entire cadet golf instruction program. He trained the 15 member teaching staff, wrote the lesson plans, produced an instruction video, wrote tests and taught classes. During his 28 years as golf coach he compiled a phenomenal dual meet record of 185-5 with his players qualifying for the NCAA finals 14 times. Nine of his players earned All-America recognition. He is most proud, however, of the leaders his players and assistant coaches have become after graduating. Many have achieved the rank of general officer and one is currently the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy.
In 1983, Gene became the apprentice Head Professional and General Manager of Gleneagle Country Club (a bankrupt course formally known as Donala Golf Club). Within two years Gene had the club back in operation and financially healthy with a thriving membership. He also helped design and supervise the construction of a new clubhouse, golf shop, pool and tennis courts.
In 1988, Gene returned to coaching but continued to manage Gleaneagle until 1991. As a civilian golf coach, Gene took his teams to a level never before achieved at the Academy and was rewarded for his efforts by induction into the prestigious Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997. In addition to coaching, Gene made two five week trips to the Pacific Air Force Command where he taught golf to dependent children of military personnel stationed in Alaska, Hawaii, Korea, Okinawa, Japan, Guam and the Philippine Islands.
Coach Miranda started golf camps at the Air Force Academy in 1980 and the camps continue to this day with 150 children participating each summer. By counting cadet classes, golf team members, junior camps and adult instruction, Gene has been responsible for over 20,000 people learning and enjoying the game of golf. Many of his former students are currently members of the PGA or are playing on various professional golf tours. Gene taught at the PGA Junior Golf Academy, Golf Digest Schools, NCAA Golf Coaches Convention, National Golf Foundation workshops and has conducted numerous clinics throughout the world.
His instructional articles have appeared in Golf Digest, Golf World, Golf, GolfWeek, PGA, Colorado Avid Golfer, Florida Golf Weekly, Golf Mania and Golf Journal magazines. He was the first coach to represent the NCAA as an advisor to the USGA Rules of Golf Committee. He also served six years on the PGA National Rules Committee. He officiated in three USGA Opens and 10 PGA Club Professional Championships.
Gene is a member of the first group of PGA Professionals to receive special certification in the rules of golf and recently chaired the rules committee for the Colorado PGA Section. He is also the first PGA member to be elected to the Colorado Golf Association Board of Governors. Coach Miranda is a volunteer instructor at CGA rules workshops, Chief Rules Official for the CGA, member of the CGA Rules of Golf Committee and a member of the CGA Rules Advisory Group (RAG).
In May of 2002, Gene accepted the position of General Manager and Director of Golf at Woodmoor Pines C.C., which had been placed into Receivership. In only nine months, he tripled the membership to over 700, produced a profit of $208,000 and doubled the value of the club that was ultimately sold at a price close to its loan value.
Gene is currently the Director of Instruction at the Eisenhower Golf Club and has done an exceptional job in developing the PGA Link Up to Golf program. Gene’s image, respect and reputation nationwide were recognized upon his retirement from coaching when he was awarded an honorary membership to The Olympic Club in San Francisco for his contributions to the game of golf. In 2003 the Air Force Academy Falcon Invitational was re-named the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.