SARANAC LAKE - Saranac Lake graduate Ryan Dailey, who is the assistant director of Campbell University's PGA Golf Management Program, has been named the Carolina's PGA Section's Junior Golf Leader of 2013.
According to the Carolinas PGA, the honor recognizes a PGA professional who has outstanding character, provides opportunities and experiences for juniors to learn and play golf, and exhibits a commitment to junior programs and initiatives that impact the lives of junior golfers.
"This award and recognition does not come without the help and assistance of so many," Dailey said.
Dailey started the iGrow Golf Program at Keith Hills Golf Club, which Campbell's PGA management (PGM) program runs, in 2010 with the help of Matt Reagan, a 2012 Campbell graduate. At the time, Reagan was a PGM student at Campbell who shared Dailey's vision to create an environment at Keith Hills that welcomed children and provided them with a long-term roadmap for success in golf.
Dailey received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Campbell in 2004 and 2009, respectively. After completing his undergraduate degree, he spent two years teaching at GolfTEC in Dallas, Texas, while working toward playing golf professionally. Two years later, he returned to North Carolina to receive instruction from David Orr, the director of instruction for Campbell's PGM program.
"A large part of my golf instruction success is due to David Orr," Dailey said. "He instilled in me that to help someone become a better golfer you need to believe in yourself, be able to demonstrate what you are teaching, and be steadfast in your beliefs."
After working with Orr for a year, Dailey won his first professional tournament - the Area V Event at Pinehurst No. 6 - in 2006. He played professionally for several seasons before joining Campbell as the assistant director of the PGM program. In addition to teaching Campbell's 150 PGM students each year and running iGrow, Dailey offers private and on-course lessons and lectures on fitness, equipment and Trackman, a Doppler radar technology used by players such as Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson.