Tom Loyd, a long time presence in the local golf community, was inducted into the Columbia Golf Hall of Fame in a ceremony held November 10 at The Club at Old Hawthorne. He is shown above accepting his HOF plaque from Stephanie Priesmeyer, host of the event.
A man who often can be found at A.L. Gustin Golf Course after an early morning round, Tom first came to prominence as a 1968 Missouri high school champion. “T Loyd”, as he’s known to his many friends, then matriculated at the University of Missouri, where he played on the Tiger golf team from 1968-1972. Following his college days, Loyd joined the armed services and was stationed in Alaska, where he won the 1974 Alaska Amateur Championship.
After military service, Loyd returned to his alma mater and for 20 years served as the assistant golf coach for MU’s men’s golf team. He later became Mizzou’s women’s head golf coach from 1998-2001, preceding Ms. Priesmeyer. During the induction ceremony, members of his former teams praised his patience, his knowledge of the game and his subtly effective coaching style. Congratulatory video clips from many of his successful student-athletes came from as far away as Europe and South Africa.
Today Tom continues his lifelong love of golf as a PGA Teaching Professional.
Prior to Loyd’s induction, the Tri-Hogs, a local group dedicated to helping grow the game of golf, presented a large check to the Columbia Golf Foundation’s “Golf in Schools” program. (See photo below.) The charity raised almost $19,000 hosting the Tri-Hog Invitational September 30 at Columbia Country Club.
As part of the Hall of Fame Banquet, Ron Phillips led attendees in a moment of silence for those local golfers who loved the game and who passed away during the past year. And then the group lifted glasses of tea and lemonade, toasting Arnold Palmer, the iconic “King” of golf.
Other evening highlights included a rendition of “If I Had a Million Dollars”, led by CGF Executive Director John Weston and accompanied by Gary Mills on guitar and Christian Henry on accordion. Kraft, Mills and Steele, “Golf in Schools” volunteers, put on a short demonstration of their roles in that growing program.
Sponsors of Columbia Golf Foundation’s programs include Tri-Hog, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Hulett Heating and Air, Shakespeare’s Pizza, Orscheln Farm and Home, LPGA, KIA of Columbia, A.L. Gustin Golf Course, Heritage Hills Golf Course and Landmark Bank.