Last month, Hopkinsville native and Christian County Athletics Hall of Famer Mitchell Moore was heading back to Kentucky after a recent trip to the sunshine state.
Little did he know that the call would give him something that he’s usually on the sidelines for.
Moore was named the 2020 KY PGA Teacher of the Year earlier this month at a ceremony and he reached out on social media to thank those that helped him receive the accolade.
“So very honored to be the 2020 KY PGA Teacher of the Year,” he said on Facebook. “I am honored to be a part of such a great group of professionals in the KY PGA. When I look back on the list of prior winners, It’s hard to believe I’m now on that list. I’d like to thank first and foremost my wife, Griffin Moore, for being my supportive rock. Thank you to Barry Payne and the team at The Links at Novadell for giving me the platform to start my career.
“Thank you to the membership and staff at Hopkinsville G&CC for providing such a welcoming and supportive home. A big thank you to all of the golfers that have trusted me with their games and supporting me in this journey. Thank you to my parents for instilling in me a work ethic and passion that keeps me pushing to be better every day. Thank you to the KY PGA for the amazing honor.”
Moore said the call came at an inopportune time.
“I was sitting in the airport waiting for the plane getting back from Florida,” Moore told the Kentucky New Era. “Literally about to board the plane and I got a call, I saw the number, it was a Louisville number. I answered and he said that.
“I was hoping to be nominated. I was thinking, only being a PGA member for my second year … I would just keep throwing my name in the ring.”
Moore has said on numerous occasions he’s not doing what he does for the awards as he can usually be found wandering the fairway as his many pupils try to take their game to the next level.
But for Moore to get where he is, he needed his students to excel as well.
“A lot of it is their accolades creating this for me,” he said. “When I make the long list of different levels of golfers I’m working with and the accomplishments they have, that’s what’s on the application as much as anything.”
Moore recently received an email that he hadn’t made the cutoff to be considered for the national award, something he wasn’t aware existed.
“The thought to be recognized in the state and potentially the national level, it feels surreal being in Hopkinsville,” he said. “No knock on Hopkinsville but it feels like something a New York or even Nashville coach would be.”
Moore said this accolade will make him more aware during each and every lesson.
“I felt since that award, it’s actually raised my own standard for myself,” he said. “If I’m going to be given this, then I have to give 100% every lesson and teach up to that level every lesson. It’s raised my individual standards in the lessons.”