Statement issued Wednesday by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Rick Hemsoth, PGA Professional and Manager of Golf Operations for Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation, has been awarded the 2010 U.S. Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher award. U.S. Kids Golf chose Hemsoth because of his “exemplary dedication to the growth and development of kids golf.” The mission of U.S. Kids Golf is to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Rick,” said Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll. “He helped build and develop the Lifetime Sports Academy and has dedicated over 30 years of his life to working with children in not only our golf program, but our swimming and tennis programs as well.”
Hemsoth played on the PGA tour briefly before becoming an assistant golf pro at McMillen Golf Course in 1980.
“U.S. Kids Golf has named me a top 50 teacher in the past, but this is the first time I’ve made the Master list. I’m honored to receive this award,” said Hemsoth. “All the encouragement I get from the Parks & Recreation Department, the kids, the parents and our LSA supporters makes it easy to be the best I can be.”