- Hugh Royer III
Hugh Royer III (born
February 13, 1964) is an American professional golfer and golf instructor. He is the son of Hugh Royer, Jr., who played on the PGA Tour for 14 years and won the 1970 Western Open.
Royer received a scholarship to
Mississippi State Universitywhere he played for two years. In those two seasons, Royer had one tournament win and seven top-10 finishes, and held the low stroke average each year. He then transferred to Columbus State Universityfor his junior and senior years, where his father served as head golf coach. He was NCAA Division II Player of the Year and First Team All-American in 1985 and 1986. He was named 1987 Amateur Player of the Year by the Carolinas Golf Reporter.
In the summer following his senior year at CSU, he won the Georgia State Amateur Championship by one stroke over
Allen Doyle. Two weeks later, he defeated Doyle again in the Southeastern Amateur by five strokes setting a record at 20 under par - a record that still stands. Because of open-heart surgery, Royer was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Amateurlater that year. Shortly after his recovery and rehabilitation, Royer won the Azalea Amateur Invitational in Charleston, South Carolinain a playoff and won the Western Amateur. This gave the Western Golf Associationthe only father-son combination to win the Open and Amateur in their history.
Royer turned professional in 1987. He competed on the
South African Tourfor six years, where he had one tournament win and several runner-up finishes.
He started playing on the
Nike Tourin 1991 and won his first event in 1993 in Florence, South Carolinaat the NIKE South Carolina Classic. Later that year, he won again in Texarkana, Arkansasat the NIKE Texarkana Open. In 1995, he won the NIKE Dominion Openand the NIKE Permian Basin Open. Royer gained his PGA Tourcard that year and retained it until 1998. He had four top-10 finishes. He competed on the Nationwide Tour in 1999 and 2000 before retiring.
Learning the game from his father and some top instructors gave Royer the desire to teach the game to others, especially to those who desire to play professionally. Royer's knowledge of the game, in addition to his playing experience, provided him with an adequate teaching philosophy that has proven successful among his own stable of students.
Royer worked for three years at the International Junior Golf Academy on
Hilton Head Islandwhere he trained the 2005 U.S. Girls' Junior champion, In-Kyung Kim, among other successful junior and collegiate players.
In 2007, Royer opened the [http://www.championsgolfacademylbc.com Champions Golf Academy] at the Long Bay Club in
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Champions Golf Academy is a specialized golf academy that provides instruction and individualized training programs for players of all levels, gap-year students, collegiate players, and amateurs.
Royer was inducted into the Columbus State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Royer and his wife, Heather, reside in Myrtle Beach, and have five children: Leighanne, Sydney, Brai, Abbey and Hugh Royer IV.
*1985 NCAA Division II Championship
*1986 Georgia State Amateur, Southeastern Amateur
Azalea Invitational, Western Amateur
Nationwide Tour wins
NIKE South Carolina Classic, NIKE Texarkana Open
NIKE Dominion Open, NIKE Permian Basin Open
outh African Tour wins
*1985 Swazi Sun Classic
* [http://www.pgatour.com/players/00/70/87/ Results and stats on PGA Tour's official site]
* [http://www.championsgolfacademylbc.com/ Champions Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, SC]
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