Rod Myers. Myers was 67 and passed away at the Duke University Medical Center after a battle with an acute form of leukemia. The 34-year mentor of the Duke men’s golf program was one of the mainstays of the Duke University athletic department and a very well respected member of the golf community.DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke University Athletic Department lost a valuable member of its family on Friday, March 30, 2007, with the passing of men’s golf head coach
Myers achieved many personal and professional milestones in his career but is best remembered for his contributions to the development of thousands of young golfers.
After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan in 1961, Myers joined the coaching circle as an assistant coach at Maryland before taking the head coaching job at Ohio State in 1967. After seven seasons in Columbus, he became the head coach at Duke in 1974. During his 34 years with the Blue Devils, Myers guided Duke to 30 tournament victories, the 2005 ACC Championship and seven NCAA Championship appearances.
In 2005, he was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year and Golfweek’s National Coach of the Year after leading Duke to its first ACC Championship since 1966 and an eighth-place tie at the NCAA Championships.
While at the helm of the Duke men’s golf team, Myers coached 16 All-Americas, nine Academic All-Americas, 24 All-ACC selections and three ACC individual champions. In 2007, the university named the golf training center after him and an endowed athletic scholarship was created in his honor.
During his 37 years as a member of the PGA of America, Myers was a Master PGA Professional, served on the staff of the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, was a member of the PGA Rules Committee and officiated at every Masters Championship from 1995-2003. A PGA professional while at Ohio State, Myers was a former president and treasurer of the Golf Coaches Association of America and a former chairman of the NCAA Golf Committee and the USGA Rules Committee.
In 2007, Myers received the Labron Harris, Sr. award which is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and represent the finest qualities the game has to offer.
Myers, a native of Springfield, Ohio, was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in May of 1986, and was also named to the Ohio Wesleyan Sports Hall of Fame and the Springfield (Ohio) High School Hall of Fame. On February 17, 2007, Myers was inducted into the Carolinas PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.